SIGN AUCTION UNDERWAY!!!!
The second CTA trail sign auction is underway!!! Below are links to the auction listings. The auction will be over quickly, so act now. Each sign is open for bidding for only 7 days. The closing date and time for each sign is posted on eBay.
Links to the auctions
- Eagle Cascade Link Trail / Circle Trail
- Emerald Pool
- Horseshoe Pond Trail / Conant Trail
- Ledges Trail
- Lord Hill Via Mine
- Mine Loop To Conant Trail
- Slippery Brook Trail
- Shell Pond Loop
- Shell Pond Trail
Why these signs are being auctioned
Hiking Trail signs wear out, mostly due to weathering. Typically they need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Replacement signs are expensive to make. In an effort to recover the cost of manufacturing new trail signs, CTA auctions its old trail signs. Many old signs cannot command a price high enough to cover the cost of their replacement, so we depend on a few signs of popular trails to help cover the aggregate cost. CTA's endowment pays to have new signs made. The net revenue from auctioning old signs, after covering eBay fees and shipping charges, is deposited back in CTA's endowment. Income and appreciation in CTA's endowment supplements our annual fund raising efforts to cover CTA's ongoing trail maintenance and improvement work, which now sometimes includes hiring professional trail builders for projects beyond the scope of CTA's regular volunteer efforts.
General Description of Trail Signs
These are all authentic trail signs that have been on the trails and in the woods for a decade or more. They're all somewhat worn and weathered; some substantially more than others. A few have been gnawed by wildlife. Others have been used as convenient wildlife back-scratchers. They evoke memories of special places in the wild and past experiences of hiking in the mountains and forests.
Shipping & Handling Policy
Signs will be shipped via USPS mail, at your expense. Signs vary in size and weight. Shipping costs will vary depending on the weight and the distance to be shipped. Once the auction closes we will be in touch with the winners.