On behalf of the Whiteside Family, I can’t thank Dale & Jeff for going above & beyond for a request from several states away.
My grandparents built this home around 1950, winterized it and retired down there in the 1980s. I was fortunate enough to spend holidays, weekends, and summers with my Gram, extended family, and our neighbors (3+ generations old) . This was not only my favorite place in the world, but it remained a constant home in my life, despite several moves as a child. We always had 220 86th Street. Unfortunately, we had to sell the home following my Grandmothers passing in 2005. Thankfully, the new owners kept it the same. We were able to drive past Gram’s house whenever we came to the shore & remember the good times. Recently, we heard the news that the house was sold to a builder. We were devastated, hoping this house would stand up against time. It endured against hurricanes & Nor’Easters for almost 70 years, but it lost its battle to the opulent McMansion ways of the island.
I received a text showing a picture of the liquidation sale sign a few weekends ago. I was so upset as I couldn’t get down there from Connecticut on such short notice. I felt helpless knowing 220 would be torn down any day. After doing some research & learning that Avalon Estate Liquidators was handling this liquidation sale, I sent a desperate text & email to Jeff, begging for his help. My request was to see if he could salvage the house numbers from the porch post and to try to remove the two schooner impressions from the gable of the roof. He replied & told me he will see what his guy, Dale can do. Dale is my new hero & I found out he was able to retrieve the schooners, but they were incredibly heavy as they were made from concrete! Not only was he able to fulfill my mission, but he took the time to email me & my father about arranging for pick up. You can tell how considerate he was while completing this job just by seeing the after photo.
Jeff & Dale, I know this is a long winded message, but I don’t know how you say goodbye to a home with so much history & love. I’m not sure what I will do with these concrete reliefs, but please know that we will be forever grateful to you both. Thank you for keeping some of our history alive. Much love and many thanks to you & Avalon Estate Liquidators.
Best, Brooke Whiteside Kehoe & John Whiteside
Our pleasure to help preserve old memories. We try to serve both masters. Owners who want to recycle the property and make a few $$$. Customers who get a nice deal buying items that have very little use and great pricing. We are very respectful of previous owners as you outlined in your email. Thank you for your email. Dale did a great job with our other guys to crawl up in the attic and cut out the items for you.
God Bless !