Historical Society hosts annual flea market, bake sale

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SCARBOROUGH — The Historical Society will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on Route 1 near Fire Station 6.

The flea market will feature antiques and collectibles, books, clothing and jewelry, all collected and donated in the past two months.

“One woman is moving out of her huge house and donated a lot of antiques,” said Cheryl Profenno, a Historical Society Board member.

There will also be baked goods, jams and jellies for sale inside the museum.

The Freemasons, whose building is next door, will also be hosting a flea market fundraiser at the same time. The combination of the two events is likely to draw a crowd.

The flea market and bake sale is the largest fundraiser for the Historical Society’s educational programming, which benefits all Scarborough school children.

“Every third grader is mandated to study Scarborough history,” said Profenno. “They all come through the museum.”

Profenno said the Historical Society teaches the children how to sew buttons and make quilts like they did years ago, and also provides the children apple cider and cookies while they tour the museum.

Recently the museum installed a climate control system to preserve the cloth and paper exhibits. While the system is very important, it has also increased the organization’s electric bill.

Profenno said she hopes Saturday’s event will bring people out. She said toward the end of the event, prices often drop and people walk away with bags and bags of items.

“It’s not like stuff sits on shelves for years at a time. We have six hours to make our money. It’s such a short window of time and we can’t store anything. What we don’t sell goes right into the Dumpster,” she said.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net