Sale for those who treasure deals and art

November 10, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

The word is out: The Singer Society's annual Treasure Sale is a place to find bargains.

The benefit sale's reputation for offering myriad items, from furniture to home accessories, at greatly reduced prices, is helping the event grow from year to year, says Judy Waters, chairwoman of the sale.

By the time the sale opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, crowds of people will be lined up waiting to get into the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

"Everything is priced at a much reduced rate," Waters says. "Pretty much everything is a great buy."

The Singer Society is the museum's all-volunteer group. The sale, now in its sixth year, is a way for volunteers to raise money for the museum.


In previous years, the Treasure Sale raised between $13,000 and $15,000. All of that money is earmarked for museum operating costs.

"We always give the money and specify that it be used for ... the daily running of the museum. That's what keeps the doors open," Waters says.

The donated funds may be used for heating, cooling and electricity costs as well as costs associated with exhibitions and the free Saturday morning art classes at the museum, says Joe Ruzicka, museum director.

The Treasure Sale features thousands of new and used items for sale, as well as gift certificates donated by area businesses. Silver, crystal, carpet, furniture, pictures, gifts, accessories, porcelain and china are some of the items treasure hunters will find. Books, clothing and appliances will not be sold during the Treasure Sale.

"The main thrust is to get people through the doors of the museum," Waters says. To accomplish that, the sale offers a wide range of items, priced from 50 cents to several hundred dollars.

A preview event is planned for Friday, Nov. 11. The evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine and other refreshments, is a chance to check out what's for sale, although no purchases can be made.

The Treasure Sale is a way for the community to support the continued operation of the museum, Waters says. All sale items were donated by private individuals and businesses.

"The community gives and then the museum gives back to the community," she says.

If you go ...

WHAT: The Singer Society's sixth annual Treasure Sale

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

COST: Free

MORE: The Treasure Sale preview event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the museum. The night includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and nonalcoholic refreshments. Tickets are $10, available at the door. For more information, call 301-739-5727.

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