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Alameda Museum Sale Draws Crowd

Dozens of Alamedans and other Bay Area residents visited Alameda Museum this past Saturday (off Park Street on Alameda Avenue) for a special sale of items once owned by a three generations of a Los Angeles-based family that traces its roots to Southern California pioneers. 

There were also items from the museum’s own reserve of goodies.

Museum curator George Gunn eagerly shared his thoughts on various quilts, chairs, tables and other furnishings. One “crazy quilt” dated from the 1800s and included feather stitching. 

“People know we do a lot of research. And we tag items with historical information,” Gunn says. “If it costs several hundred dollars, people want to know that a piece is authentic.”

 There were several Victorian chairs for sale, some dating from 1870. And a Leopold Stickley Cherry Valley table, two leaves and four chairs were offered for just $800.

“We price to sell,” said Gunn, who notes that 40 percent of the proceeds from estate sales go to the museum.

For those looking to remodel or rework a home, there were several antique doors on sale. And a rickshaw was priced at just $65.

A couple from Berkeley admired an old adding machine, but declined to buy it as a key was missing. 

The modern-day register kept humming along, though, as visitors found items from the past to take home with them and enjoy in the future.

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Alameda Museum Gears Up for Jan. 2 Sale, Talks

The Alameda Museum is planning an interesting estate sale for after the holidays: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 2.

A local family that includes three generations is selling furnishings and objects that date back to the Civil War (1861-1865).

At the same time, the museum is having a clearance sale of its own items, says curator George Gunn.

Also on the 2010 agenda for the museum is an exhibit on Neptune Beach (1917-1939) and several lectures on local architecture and development; see page 8 of the group’s latest online newsletter.

A talk on bungalows is set for March 25, a lecture on the Alameda Naval Air Station takes place April 29; and a presentation on glass panels in Alameda is set for May 10.  The events take place on Thursday and start at 7 p.m. at the museum, 2021 Alameda Avenue.