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Estate sale to benefit wildlife nonprofit

By Staff | Feb 3, 2015

Melissa Congress and store manager Carlos Fernandez organizing estate items for a Feb. 6-7 sale. CRAIG GARRETT

Estate remnants of women and men’s jewelry, keepsakes and some memorabilia will be sold at Congress Jewelers in Sanibel. Proceeds will benefit the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, or CROW.

The Feb. 6-7 event also provides islanders the opportunity to have personal items appraised and purchased, store co-owner Melissa Congress said. The estate buying event is in its third year.

Items sold to benefit CROW were first bequeathed by a Fort Myers woman in 2014. Some 220 items from the woman’s estate were planned for auction to help fund the nonprofit animal rehabilitation center. One of the pieces from the donated collection fetched $6,500. Nearly $35,000 in proceeds from that sale went to CROW.

Items not sold last year will be available at the Feb. 6-7 estate buying event at Congress Jewelers. Leftover items in the estate include women’s jewelry, a concho belt (designer letter authentication), odds and ends of turquoise and shell and gemstones, as well as a collection of men’s cufflinks, pocketwatches, a couple of military items, mostly things that appear to have had sentimental value to the donor — quirky gold carousel pins, for instance. The woman’s name was not released.

Congress and an Orlando firm will also provide free appraisals in rare coins, jewelry (period/designer), flatware, crystal and standard things sold at auctions and in consignments. The two-day event at the Periwinkle Place retail complex is 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Estate items sold to benefit CROW help the organization sustain its services, which caters to southwest Florida wildlife. Its $1.1 million budget is funded entirely on donations, foundation grants and membership fees, said Melissa Congress, president of CROW’s board of directors.

“Our store is pleased to continue to support CROW,” she said.