Preserving History Together

$280 of $625 goal

Raised by 13 people in 50 months

Find "our story" below.

This will be our first major campaign. A Rare Piece of Flamingo Groves' History. Which we had placed on our website, 

With a reasonable price of $650.00 plus the shipping cost of 100.00. 
Since posting this, I've had a few folks question the "Worth" of this Rare Crate.

When a person has been doing something, Full Time, as a living, for 40 plus years, that person gains Much Knowledge of what is and what isn't. Through all those years, FloridaPast has Sold hundreds of various citrus crates, ranging from 25.00 to $1,500.00.

Depending on how Rare, meaning how many are out there. Many Collectors silently have been buying these up through the years. They'll come into a show we'll be selling at, ask us the price, hand us the money, and away they go. While others want history and some kind of story to go with it. The latter would be me. I Want to Know History. Knowing History of Any Given Item, raises it's value in most instances.

As time allows, I'll be adding more to this.

For now, PLEASE HELP!!!!

Since our start of this campaign, we've already raised just around 100.00, which we will personally Thank Each and Every Contributor on Facebook.

Just recently we were contacted by the Historical Department of Flamingo Groves, asking if we could donate this Wonderful piece.

In a Heart-Beat we would have, if we weren't still trying to make a living. 

So we placed this Floyd Wray, Flamingo Groves' Field Crate on Hold, until we fine-line this campaign. {Update 6/17/2017} - We were contacted by an out of state Collector, wanting to purchase this piece of Florida History. So time is of essence to get the funds raised to donate to Flamingo Gardens. Always Best to Keep FloridaPast History here in FloridaPresent.


This history Must Be Preserved, for us today, and them tomorrow.

Please Help Us To Make This a Reality.



To be continued shortly.....


{part of our story} [also Note that I am Not a writer. But I do the best I can do]

My name is Dennis and I am considered by many, to be the real "American Picker".
For over three decades I've traveled across the country salvaging historic treasures from estates, sales, auctions and flea markets.
Searching the dark corners of attics to the depths of the basements where the real "Treasure" was found. Our history! And to be honest, reflecting all the way back as a young boy, I would dig the old bottle dumps and sell bottles to a local Antique Dealer. Today I wonder what I had given away. But, that's another chapter.
Since it's our business buying and selling antiques we occasionally run across historic items. Rather than putting these items up for sale we would love to donate them.  Though anything we have up for sale Is Donatable via. our GoFundMe for History Campaign.

Many local historical societies and museums lack the funds to purchase these items. Reality is, this is how we make our living but, with your help we can donate these items on your behalf.
We hold some Rare Treasures from around these Great States of America and WorldWide.
For everyone that donates any amount of money here, we'll be using those funds to pay for the historical item(s). Either for a particular campaign, or for the entire cause of Preserving History.
Once our original costs are covered we wil donate that item to the proper organization on your behalf.
Our inventory ranges from old photographs, documents and other historically significant items.
Age has crept up on me and time is flying by so lets' get these items to where they belong. Lets all have a part in preserving our history.
Today, more than ever, Our History Must Be Preserved and Shared. Only "We" Can Do This......

Please come visit our Facebook pages, and
You'll find us there daily.

"Preserving Yesterday, Today, for Tomorrow" 

With Your Help :) 

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Here's a little Facebook video slide show I created.
Giving us a small visual history of Floyd Wray's Flamingo Garden's History.
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PLEASE SHARE & HELP Flamingo Gardens Preserve their History, by Donating this Rare Citrus Field Crate. Which was used by Floyd Wray, Before it was Flamingo Gardens of today.

I will personally purchase two passed to Flamingo Gardens, to give away at the end of this campaign.
We will give these passes to the person who gave the Most Shares on Social Media. Without a share, we go nowhere.

We Give a SINCERE THANK YOU To Beverly Allbee, Judy Hunt Davis, Heath Burthwick and Orlando Mendez who Generously had donated to our GoFundMe for History Campaign.
To learn more about Flamingo Gardens' History, here is a link to their site ->
[time is of essence. There is out of state interest in this piece. We need to keep in Florida for Florida's Future]
Belongs Back Home @ Flamingo Gardens
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Because of circumstances beyond our control, we were forced to put our GoFundMe for History campaign on the back burner. We now have our first item ready to donate, but are short of the goal by $685.00 for this particular donation. Within the next few days, photos, along with the campaign, will be shared.
Again we'll take this moment to Thank Sincerely those of you who had donated already. Those funds will be used toward this campaign.
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Dennis Dempsey
17 months ago

Another Sincere Sincere THANK YOU goes to Mr. Heath Burthwick! A Man Who CARES about the Preservation of History!!!

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$280 of $625 goal

Raised by 13 people in 50 months
Created October 12, 2014
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Heath Burthwick
14 months ago

I feel philanthropic today

Lee Young
14 months ago

Every little bit helps don't it!

Heath Burthwick
17 months ago

Here you go good friend

Dennis Dempsey
17 months ago

Another Sincere Sincere THANK YOU goes to Mr. Heath Burthwick! A Man Who CARES about the Preservation of History!!!

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