Royal Oak Historical Museum gears up for fundraising sale – Daily Tribune


The Royal Oak Historical Society museum is accepting donated items on Friday before hosting its “Grannie’s Attic Sale” fundraiser the following day.

Donors can drop off items at the museum, 1411 W. Webster Road, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

It’s for a good cause, said Mike Frentz, the museum’s treasurer.

“We accept donated items, with the exception of clothing,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be antique, but we prefer old things.”

Frentz said the upcoming sale at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday is the first since the pandemic hit.

“We have a lot of items,” he said, “and our members brought in a ton of stuff.”

Tents and tables will be set up in the museum parking lot on Saturday.

Frentz is among the volunteers who collected donated items and organized the sale.

None of the items are marked with a price.

“We will negotiate and ask buyers what they think is a fair price,” he said.

Museum volunteers have already collected everything from water skis, five sets of golf clubs with golf bags, numerous photos and older glassware to bed frames, tents, wicker sofas and furniture.

“All the money from the sale goes to support the museum,” Frentz said.

Muriel Versage, the museum’s curator, said the sale coincided with the busy jumble sale the same day at the nearby First Congregational Church at 1314 Northwood Boulevard.

She said buyers at the museum sale will have plenty of choice.

“I’m amazed at how much (donors) have contributed,” Versace said.

Later this month, the historical society is set to hold its first annual Royal Oak Historical Society Dinner since 2019 before the pandemic, said Deb Anderson, vice chair of the group’s board of directors.

“We will have dinner on October 20 and elect officers and board members,” Anderson said.

The dinner will be held at the Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Seventh Street.

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