BELLINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" couldn't be any more true for the owner of an old-fashioned auction house in Bellingham.
Trudel's Auction Gallery holds auctions every Monday, selling off items owner Guy Trudel finds in people's homes. Homeowners either consign the items with Guy, or he buys them outright and re-sells them.
Trudel, his wife, and his mom and dad started the business nineteen years ago.
"We go into estates, we're in 30-40 houses a week," Trudel said. "It's really like a treasure hunt. We're in attics, basements, full houses. We pick up the items that are good for auction, primarily antiques and collectibles, and we bring them back here and we hold auctions every single week."
This Monday, dozens of antique dealers, collectors, and novices gathered as the gallery sold off a huge lot of historical Hingham memorabilia. That included a miniature wooden firkin bucket made by Cotton Hersey at his toy shop in Hingham in the 1800s. The tiny bucket sold for $1,000.
Trudel said they see everything from paintings to jewelry to furniture, and a large amount of military memorabilia.
"You name it, we can sell it," Trudel said. "As long as it has a value and it's collectible or desirable on the antique market, we can certainly handle it."
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports