When Lisa Mederos was shot and killed by boyfriend J.T. Ready, she not only left behind a 19-year-old daughter who survived, but also a collection of antiques.
And now, many of those items — including rare and vintage Steiff-brand stuffed animal pull-toys, American primitive furniture, dolls and prints — are being auctioned off to benefit the Mederos family. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to a domestic violence program or women’s shelter.
In May, Mederos, 47, was said to be trying to end her relationship with Ready — a noted political figured and the former head of a neo-Nazi white supremacist group —when he killed her and three other family members, including her 15-month-old granddaughter. Ready, 39, then took his own life.
Mederos’ antiques are being sold at Merchant Square Antique Marketplace, 1509 N. Arizona Ave., until 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, said Brenda Montemorra, manager of Merchant Square, a 10-year-old shop.
The Gilbert woman had shopped at Merchant Square at least once a week, often with her daughter, Amber and Lily, when she would purchase an item to add to her collection. In fact, she was in the store about two days before her death, Montemorra said.
“We all wanted to help the family, and do this as our tribute to Lisa,” Montemorra said. “The tragedy touched us all a great deal. Lisa shopped in here for at least eight years, so we all would often see her and talk to her. Her antique collection meant a lot to her.”
Lisa Mederos’ surviving daughter, Brittany Mederos, was inside the family’s home in Gilbert when Ready went on a shooting spree. She made a frantic 911 call moments after her mother, sister (Amber, 23), niece (Lily) and Amber’s fiance’ (Jim Franklin Hiott, 24) were shot and killed.
However, logistically, Brittany could not keep all of her mother’s collection as she moved to Florida to live with her father in the days following the tragedy.
In all, the silent auction features 137 items from Mederos’ collection and 85 registered bidders, so far.
Montemorra said there likely will be more bidders to register at the last minute and are hoping for a good turnout in the auction’s final days. There is no cost for bidders to register.
The last two days of the auction, Mederos’ collection will be on tables at the front of the store, and bidding books with the number of the items where bids can be submitted will be nearby.
“We have a good customer base, so we’re hoping for a good turnout by the time the auction ends,” Montemorra said. “It will be a good opportunity for anyone to come in and get an antique for a reasonable price.”
To register for the auction, stop by Merchant Square Antique Marketplace.
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