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Singer Society Treasure Sale offers a trove of items

November 11, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

The Singer Society's fifth annual Treasure Sale will offer for sale thousands of new and used items - including furniture, pottery, glassware, holiday goods, rugs, silver, statuary and more - to benefit the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

The Treasure Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, with a preview from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the museum in City Park. The event has raised nearly $47,000 to cover museum operating costs since the sale began in 1999, event chairwoman Judy Waters said.

"We get people from all walks of life," she said. "Everything is sold at a reduced rate. It's all a buy."

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Collectibles, gift certificates, linens, lamps, paintings, ethnic pieces, garden furniture, exercise equipment, antiques and other goods will be priced from 25 cents to hundreds of dollars, Waters said. Members of the Singer Society - the museum's volunteer organization - donate sale items and solicit contributions from friends, local garden clubs and others in the community, Singer Society President Donna Wagner said.

Attendees at this year's event will find more holiday-related items and furniture - including a cherry sideboard and wooden patio set - than ever before, Waters said.

"People who buy the furniture really think they're getting a bargain - and they are," Wagner added.

Friday evening's sale preview will give shoppers the opportunity to check out - but not purchase - items before the sale begins. Singer Society members will provide hors d'oeuvres, and local restaurateur Nick Giannaris will donate red and white wine, for the event, Wagner said.

The drawing for the $5,800 Rolex watch that the society is raffling to raise museum funds will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Watch sponsors include Tom Newcomer of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers, F&M Bank, Dr. John Newby, Bev and Bill Stryker, Manny and Janet Emral-Shaool and Dr. and Mrs. Wilbur McElroy, Waters said. The raffle had raised about $11,000 as of Friday, Nov. 5, she said.

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