On Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum L-A will host a unique fundraising event that will have the added benefit of making room for its permanent collections.
This “One of a Kind” Sale, featuring a wide variety of unique and unusual items, will take place in the Atrium, located just before Museum L-A in the Bates Mill Complex, at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston. Please no “early birds,” and enter the parking lot from Chestnut Street. No artifacts or any part of the museum’s official collection will be included in the sale.
Available for purchase will be exhibit materials, props, an extensive folk doll collection, doll craft supplies and accessories, lights and lighting materials, posters and prints of a variety of vintage subjects (including The Hurricane, the International Snow Shoe Convention, Puck, A Stubborn Cinderella, the Lightening Express (Train), and Maurice Chevalier), rarely seen WWII photographs, Christmas decorations, bean bag chairs, framed prints of old-time musical groups, and much more.
Other items that will likely draw attention include an assortment of uniquely crafted wood and iron hallway coat racks that originally graced St. Peter’s School before its demolition. These racks with multiple hooks and brackets are available in their original lengths, ranging from about 11 to 16 feet, as well as some shorter lengths. Artists will find unique and inspiring materials, including mill beams, “slubbers” and dozens of large spools of fringe. Those seeking workplace furniture will find office and conference room chairs, including sets of the same models, dozens of filing cabinets, and other furniture and office-type items. There are also framed prints and large mounted photos of local historic scenes that would be great for waiting areas, offices or conference rooms.
“Over the years, we have ‘housed’ many items in our space that are not actually part of the museum and historic collections,” explained Museum L-A Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers. “These are taking up valuable space, so we decided to hold this sale to help properly maintain our collections in terms of storage, visibility and preservation. All proceeds will benefit the museum’s programs, collections and education and preservation efforts.”
Currently displaying the exhibit “Covering the Nation: The Art of the Bates Bedspread,” Museum L-A is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information or to set up a private tour, call 333-3881 or visit their Facebook page.