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Photo by Janelle Patterson From right to left, Lowell’s Tammie Johnson delivers a poinsettia table set and additional merchandise to Teresa Spencer and Donna Kern at the Children’s Toy and Doll Museum on Wednesday ahead of the museum’s annual garage sale fundraiser .

Today is the last day to drop off books, housewares, artwork and collectibles to list at garage sale prices for a Marietta museum’s main fundraiser on Saturday.

Where: The Children’s Toy and Doll Museum at 206 Gilman Ave.

When: Visit the museum today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to donate used and clean or new items, except clothing.

Then on Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., donated items, including limited-edition Longerberger Christmas ornaments, Halloween decorations, children’s toys and more, can be purchased at the annual garage sale of the museum in the lower west among the myriad of events drawing people into town from the Christmas Parade in July hosted by Marietta Main Street early Saturday evening to the All Class Reunion for Marietta High School Alumni at the Adelphia that night.

But first, philanthropy.

The museum is run solely by a board of volunteers, drawing on the strengths of retired teachers, teachers who have worked in logistics, and neighborhood volunteers to keep the stories of gambling, selling and hobbyists alive. premises since its first iteration as an exhibit for the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.

“And then another group of women, a year or two later, decided they wanted to try to have a museum, so they rented the passenger cars on the historic Harmar Bridge and took it out of there. until they get too big. “ shared museum secretary Teresa Spencer. “Then they bought this house and various sponsored families and businesses in the community room by room to renovate. “

But like many local nonprofits, the impacts of the pandemic have resulted in the same expense to maintain the museum, without the revenue to offset costs in 2020.

“It’s like looking after a house, the expenses continue even with the doors closed due to COVID”, explains Diane Pfile, member of the board of directors. “But this being our main fundraiser, people are good at keeping us in mind and bringing their items for the garage sale. They have always supported this effort.

The effort, members note, then helps convince grant reviewers that the community is invested in the history preserved within its walls, that there is local membership and support when applying for capital grants to modernize. roof, windows and other capital improvements.

“I brought photos, books and a small stuffed dog” Lowell’s Tammie Johnson said as she walked the museum’s porch on Thursday. “And a little kid’s chair and a few other things.”

Then, with weekend openings between noon and 4 p.m., those interested in rotating exhibits, staples, and storytelling spanning the generations can enter with $ 4 for adults, $ 2 for kids, or $ 20 for a let. – family annual pass / $ 10 for an individual pass.

“We will also be open during our hours during Harmar Days”, shared museum president Donna Kern. “And we also have quite a few riverboats this year for tours.”

Janelle Patterson can be reached at [email protected]

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