By C.J. LOVELACE
7:05 PM EDT, November 2, 2012
Dozens of people were in search of treasure Friday night at the Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown’s City Park.
Hosted by the museum’s volunteer Singer Society, the 13th annual Treasure Sale features hundreds of donated items, ranging from pieces of artwork to fine china to festive holiday decorations.
The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tanya Burnham, president of the Singer Society, said merchandise for the sale comes from individuals in the community and area merchants, with all the proceeds going to the museum that has remained free to visit since it was established in 1929.
“These are treasures from their attic, literally,” Burnham said during Friday’s preview reception, where attendees got the first glimpse of this year’s treasures.
“Everything from grandma’s mink coat to paintings, artwork, kids’ games, dishes, everything imaginable,” she said. “And we have a wonderful time displaying it and making it look wonderful, so it truly becomes a treasure,” she said.
The atrium area and another large gallery in the museum were filled with items as people socialized and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine.
The sale also includes antiques, dishes, decorative items, baskets, sculptures, stemware, flatware, handbags, household items and much more.
A silent auction featuring several donated pieces of jewelry and other gifts will be going on until 1 p.m. Saturday, Burnham said.
“The community contributes hugely to this cause,” she said, adding that they are also selling dozens of donated gift cards from area businesses.
Excluding the silent auction items, just about everything will be sold for half-price in the final hour of the sale, Burnham said.
“That’s when people line up and really come in,” she said. “We would absolutely be thrilled to end up with $20,000, but we are happy with whatever we make.”
The Singer Society, which is named after the museum’s founders and made up of more than 120 volunteers, hosts about 25 to 30 events each year in support of the museum, Burnham said, including the City Park holiday tree lighting later this month in partnership with the City of Hagerstown.
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