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Treasure is in eyes of beholders

November 09, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Donna Boyer was happy about the jewelry and patio set, but she was thrilled with her 2-foot-tall wooden ducks.

"Two ducks made out of a 150-year-old oak tree from Sykesville (Md.). For $10. You can't beat that," Boyer said.

The Williamsport resident was one of hundreds of people who visited the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday for the ninth annual Treasure Sale, hosted by the museum's volunteer association, the Singer Society.

The sale featured a range of items, from furniture to china to wall hangings, that were donated for the sale. All of the items were sold for reduced prices.

"It's an opportunity for the Singer Society to provide a service to the community and help the museum," said Cheryl Strong, who co-chaired the event with Carolyn Emerson.

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Proceeds will be deposited into the museum's operating fund, Emerson said.

Last year's sale raised almost $15,000, Strong said.

This year's sale was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and lasted until 3 p.m. At about 1:45 p.m., organizers reduced prices on all remaining items by 50 percent.

The reduction is done every year toward the end of the sale, Strong said.

At least 100 shoppers were still milling around the museum's rooms at 2 p.m., rummaging through what was left.

JoAnn Manuel of Hagerstown bought a toy for her cat, two blue crystal glasses and an electronic Christmas ornament Saturday morning.

She returned in the afternoon for a lamp that she had been eyeing earlier in the day.

"I saw it there and figured I'd wait until the 50 percent and see if it was still around," Manuel said.

It was, and Manuel finished her day at the museum around 2:30 p.m., lamp in hand.

Andrea Knode also had a productive day.

She mostly bought gift certificates but also snagged a pottery bowl, a Longaberger basket and miniature porcelain replicas of Snow White's seven dwarfs.

"The best thing about this sale is the variety. There is something here for everyone," Knode said.

"And it's worth a lot more than you're paying for it," her husband, David Knode, added.

Manuel agreed.

"What I like best about the sale is the unusual things. When they say treasure, some of those things will be treasures," Manuel said.

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