MILLEDGEVILLE — After more than a decade, the Friends of Allied Arts is once again providing the community a chance to purchase unique, donated items during the upcoming Great American Yard Sale to benefit improvement projects at the Marlor House.
“We encourage people to de-clutter their spaces and get rid of some good, reusable, sellable items to help the arts and get a benefit on their tax return at the end of the year,” said Randy Cannon, executive director of Allied Arts. “We did this about 12 years ago, but try to do it every 10 years. The Friends of Allied Arts is a volunteer support group who help Allied Arts do things in the community.”
The yard sale is slated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Allen’s Market Building located at 101 W. McIntosh St. next to the Milledgeville Police Department.
Hundreds of various new and used items will be for sale, including handmade quilts, fine silver, manual typewriters, books, small furniture pieces, artwork, vinyl record albums and clocks. The Friends are currently accepting donated items until the week of the sale.
“If someone has difficulty getting items to us, we will make arrangements to come wherever they are for pickup. We’re not really accepting computer equipment, bedding, or clothing, unless it’s vintage, and no pets,” Cannon said. “We also see this as a really good time to clean out the Marlor House and the market. We will sell some really nice artwork that we don’t have room to keep. We have some historic photographs of Milledgeville and of those we didn’t use or have extra copies of, we want to let somebody else enjoy them.”
A silent auction will feature 15 unique items such as a sterling silver sugar and creamer set, vintage Stanley and Millers Falls tool collections and a mahogany teacart.
“We are pricing items to sell, starting from 25 cents. We want to pass the generosity people have shown us and pass it on through the way we price things,” Cannon said. “There will be a price reduction at certain times throughout the day of the sale.”
Donations for the yard sale can be dropped off during normal business hours at the Allen’s Market Building or the Marlor House between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
“Proceeds from the sale will go toward improvements of the art center. Last year, the Friends of Allied Arts replaced the fence around the Marlor House and placed new carpet in the offices and gallery area. They do things that the regular budget would be a bit strained to do,” Cannon said. “Some of the money will also go toward scholarships for the summer arts program to help with the registration fee.”
Allied Arts began in 1977 as a Georgia Council for the Arts Community Development site. In 1987, local city and county governments reorganized and Allied Arts Incorporated became a secondary agency of the City of Milledgeville. As a multi-disciplined community arts agency, the nonprofit’s mission is to make quality arts opportunities in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, heritage arts and general arts education available and accessible for all citizens within the Milledgeville-Baldwin County area.
“In 1980 when we first started the arts program, we had a sale at the Baldwin County Recreation Department and had a raffle for a Buck stove called ‘Buck Up the Arts.’ It was at a time when we were restoring the art center and money went to restoration projects. We raised around $6,000,” Cannon said. “Twelve years ago we raised right under $3,000; our goal this year is to meet or exceed $3,000.”
For more information about the grand sale or to become a Friend, call 478-452-3950, or visit www.milledgevillealliedarts.com.
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