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Singer Society sale deemed a successful fund-raiser

November 14, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Bernie Wenner's diligence paid off.

He got in line for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' fifth annual Treasure Sale at 9:20 a.m. Saturday, 40 minutes before the sale opened. He wanted the two chicken bowls he had seen at the preview the night before.

Wenner was one of dozens of people lined up inside the museum's lobby waiting for the 10 a.m. sale opening.

All of the items for Saturday's sale were donated, said Judy Waters, who chairs the fund-raising event for the volunteer Singer Society, which sponsors the sale. Proceeds from the sale go toward the museum's operating expenses.

The society is named for William Henry Singer Jr., the museum's founder.

Item prices ranged from 25 cents to hundreds of dollars. Prices are set by a committee of society members.

"It's designed to give everybody a good buy and bring people to the museum," said Mary K. Shaw, a member of the museum's board of directors.

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Saturday's sale brought in more than $14,000, Waters said.

The premium item at Saturday's sale was not for sale. A donated $5,800 Rolex watch was raffled off at $20 a ticket or three tickets for $50.

The lucky ticket buyer was Steve Walker of Hagerstown, Waters said. The raffle brought in more than $15,000, Waters said.

Sale items included furniture, collectibles, crystal, silver, paintings and prints, Oriental rugs, antiques, lamps, gift certificates, a wicker garden set, patio furniture, a piece of exercise equipment and a cane that took carver and artist Phillip Buttermore of Chambersburg, Pa., two months to make.

Melissa Stuff of Fannettsburg, Pa., bought the cane for $10.

Cindy Shelley was first in line for the sale before 8 a.m. She had her eye on some old prints and a handful of elephant knickknacks she wanted to buy for a friend.

John and Anne Wisniewski and their daughter, Christine, 9, of Wolfsville, Md., were in the middle of the line shortly before the sale began. They had no specific item in mind. This was their third year at the sale.

"We didn't get much last year, but the year before we did well," Anne Wisniewski said. "We bought a nice framed watercolor for $5."

During the sale, the family was carrying its purchases in a basket. The Wisniewskis also bought a large Canada goose decoy that Christine liked.

"We'll find something to do with it," her mother said.

Linda Harsh of Williamsport was disappointed. She was too far back in line to get to the white porcelain soup tureen in time. She had spotted it at Friday night's sale preview.

"I don't know antiques, but it looked old," she said.

Harsh also missed out on a $200 landscape that she coveted.

"It was gorgeous she said.

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