Rector Community Museum Hosting Special Sale

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Just some of the china on sale at the museum fundraiser.
TD photo Jane Gatewood

Rector Community Museum, Inc., will host a special fundraising sale on Saturday in Rector, as the doors of the former Underwood Furniture building will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The china and crystal sale at the Underwood building, 110 South Main Street, is being held to raise funds to pay for the unpaid portion of the now-concluded roofing project for the museum.

Johnny Williams, chairman of the Rector Community Museum Board, noted they are excited to announce the major effort has been completed at the future home of the museum.

“The board has worked over three years to repair the damaged, leaking roof,” he offered. “After raising and shoring-up the ceiling that was water logged, and beginning to collapse, the board made initial contact with Billy Mitchell's firm.”

As reported in earlier editions of the CCTD, initial work on the project began several months ago but funds became a huge obstacle. Gradually, museum supporters have partially financed the effort with funds from various sales, donations, a grant and most-recently from the sale of items donated by Rector Downtown Drug's liquidated gift shop.

“The museum board has spent $13,000 on the roof covering to date,” Williams offered. “Mitchell has been able to finish the covering on the front of the building. He's now working with the board on the remaining $6,000 needed to finish, which will be paid as the board works to bring in more donations.”

The next step for the museum board in the effort to house the Rector Community Museum's artifacts will be supplying electricity to the building, the construction of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant restroom facilities and painting the interior of the structure. Williams noted the paint for the effort has already been donated.

The china and crystal sale this Saturday, Oct. 21, will primarily consist of new merchandise which was donated to the museum when Rector Downtown Drug's gift shop closed.

The china is being sold at three dollars per piece, and the crystal is being sold three dollars a stem. Matching sets of crystal will be sold at five dollars a stem, and picture frames are being sold for one dollar each.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to attend the sale and help support the efforts of the Rector Community Museum.

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