Brownhelm Historical Association Sale Package for School Restoration | Lorain County
Preparations have started for the return of the Brownhelm Historical Association’s annual granary sale.
The sale of donated items raises funds for the restoration of the historic 1889 Brownhelm School, 1950 North Ridge Road, Vermilion.
It was suspended in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and will evolve for 2021.
Instead of one big sale, the historic society will host several smaller sales this year, each with a theme or focusing on specific items, association treasurer Kate Rivet said.
Before buyers arrive, the merchandise must be in place.
The installation began with a moving day on July 17th. Rivet and her husband, Eric, were joined by association president Marcia DePalma, Sue and Jim Giancaterino, Joy Veard and local Firelands schools principal Mike Von Gunten, who brought in the sons Aidan, 17. , and Cold, 15, for more muscle.
It was necessary to move the boxes of items from the second floor storage to the first floor gymnasium, where they will be displayed for sale on July 30 and 31.
“It’s always fun to start unpacking all of these things and putting them on tables,” Veard said. “This is very fun.”
This year’s sales will be lower, but the association also has two years of donated items to display, so customers can choose from hundreds of items, Rivet said.
“It’s a never-ending cycle, but it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” she said. “It’s always a lot of cool, unique stuff.”
The first sale will specialize in vintage glassware and tableware. There are a number of cookie jars and over 60 cake stands available.
The specialty theme will be “Pops of Pink,” with a number of pink items, especially flamingos and flowers, as well as a retro miniature salon-style hair dryer from Sears.
The sale is an important fundraiser for the restoration of the building, which continues over time.
The old school had no heating, electricity or water when the historical society took possession of it. Grandma’s first attic sale paid for the building’s new oven, said Sue Giancaterino, who was a student there.
Members donate as much time, manpower and skills as they can and hire professional contractors for work they cannot do.
So far, the building has completed the washroom, 1905 room, a multi-purpose space, a memorial hall, and a classroom set up as a replica of a one-room school.
Sue Giancaterino recognized the generosity of area alumni and history buffs who donated antiques and period furniture to decorate the building, including items that once stood in the school.