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Treasures go for a song

Singer Society sale helps support Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Singer Society sale helps support Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

November 14, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN -- Forget about buried treasure. On Saturday, you had to look no further than the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to uncover some real gems.

There were silver goblets, paintings, jewelry and fine china -- and they didn't cost a pirate's ransom.

The items were available at bargain prices.

It was the 10th annual treasure sale, hosted by the Singer Society, the museum's volunteer organization.

Singer Society President Jody Long said the event is the group's largest fundraiser of the year.

In the past, the sale has raised about $15,000. Proceeds benefit the museum's operating fund.

Long said Singer Society members began collecting and pricing more than 1,000 donated items in September.

"It's a lot of work," she said. "But the truth is, we have a lot of fun."

About half of the society's 120 members contributed to the sale with their time and gifts, Long said.

Last year's sale attracted more than 700 people, and organizers expected to see another large crowd on Saturday.

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"We opened our doors at 9 a.m., but people were lining up outside an hour or so earlier," said Carolyn Emerson, who co-chaired the event with Cheryl Strong.

Once inside, bargain shoppers browsed tables filled with dishes and glassware and galleries filled with artwork and furniture.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to find unique items at great prices," said Lenora Tylski of Hagerstown.

Tylski said she has been to all 10 treasure sales and always finds something she likes.

This year, she was eyeing a set of dishes, as well as a box of antique glass holiday ornaments.

"These are things I don't necessary need," she said. "But I can't resist."

Long said many of the people at the treasure sale attended the preview reception Friday night and returned Saturday to make their purchases.

"This is a very popular community event," she said. "Visitors know they'll get very nice merchandise at very good prices."

In addition to sponsoring the treasure sale, Long said Singer Society members serve as docents, greeters, hospitality volunteers and gift shop merchants.

"All of these services help our museum function more efficiently, graciously and economically," she said.

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