Treasures await at annual AJ Birthplace Museum yard sale

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WEBSTER—Yard sales provide the perfect opportunity for guests to find previously-loved treasures among tables and racks of items, often putting money in the pockets of the seller. The money raised at an upcoming sale will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of a local landmark.
The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum, located just outside of Grafton in Webster on Route 119 South, will be hosting their annual fall yard sale this weekend over the span of three days, October 8-10.
Be sure to pay them a visit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to check out their inventory, and find the perfect item, or items, to take home.
“I will be here until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, but there is a possibility that we will extend our hours on Saturday,” noted Museum Curator Olive Ricketts. “If the sign is out at the road, we’re here, and we’re ready to sell!”
She shared that many individuals and groups have made donations to this year’s sale, which she is hoping will be bigger and better than last year’s.
“I try to have a sale in spring and then again in the fall, but because of COVID, we were unable to host our annual spring sale, so we are hoping to have a good turn out this weekend,” Ricketts commented.
She revealed that there will be something for everyone at the sale, and that the money raised will be put directly back into the museum.
“Everyone has been very generous with donations this year. We have three or four families locally give, as well as a couple families from Barbour and Harrison Counties. We have already taken truckloads of goodies to the park,” she disclosed. “All the items have been washed and cleaned thoroughly.”
Whether you’re looking for knickknacks, housewares, home essentials or clothes, the sale will offer something for every shopper.
“This year, we have received a lot of cookie jars, which can sometimes be collectables,” Ricketts commented. “We will also have old glass items, as well as clothing.”
She revealed that the sale would offer some boys’ items, along with women’s clothing in sizes medium to 6XL.
“We received donations from a lady who is on a weight loss journey. She gave us a lot of really nice business clothes, in sizes 4XL-6XL,” noted Ricketts. “I know that there are some larger women out there that might really like to pick up some nice pieces, at a great price!”
 In addition, the sale will boast a large selection of movies on DVD, along with games for various gaming systems.
If season decorations are something you’re on the hunt for, then look no further, as the Anna Jarvis Museum sale will offer various items to make your home look perfect for each season.
“We had someone donate their seasonal decorations to us because they were no longer able to keep up with the task of decorating their home for the different season and holidays,” Ricketts revealed. “So if it is decorations you seek, you should come see us!”
This year, Ricketts will be offering furniture for sale, including a matching couch and loveseat and some table and chair sets. To view the pieces, individuals will need to contact her, and she will take the potential buyers to check out the items.
“For those who purchase items, we will set up a time for pickup of their items,” she noted.
Ricketts voiced that if someone is looking for something in particular, they can call her at 304-265-5549, and she will check to see if those items are available.
“We hope that everyone will come out to help support the museum and that they find something special to take home,” Ricketts imparted. “There truly will be something for everyone, and all of the money raised will go into keeping this historic landmark up and running for future generations to enjoy.”

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