They know they can depend on finding high-quality merchandise at yard sale prices at the Roswell Historical Society’s annual Great Flea Fling.
“It’s unbelievable, the things we get,” RHS member Sherron Lawson said. “We get donations from members, friends of members, and when we advertise, we get calls and donations from people we’ve never heard of.”
This year, for example, there’s a black lacquer china cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlays “priced ridiculously low,” Lawson said.
There’s a beetle back mandolin with an 1888 patent date on it that has an ebony fingerboard and Bakelite finger pick guard.
“It’s a fixer upper, but it’s a pretty thing and would make a beautiful decorative piece,” Lawson said.
Those who come out to historic Hembree Farm, 775 Hembree Road in Roswell, on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. will also find an unusually large selection of chairs.
“The types of things that are donated seem to run in cycles, and we’re calling this the Year of the Chair,” Lawson said. There are several upholstered chairs and sets of dining room chairs, as well as dining room tables in the mix of merchandise.
In addition to these and other pieces of furniture, also up for sale are vintage linens, mantel lamps, glassware and other household goods; jewelry; lawn and garden items; toys; collectibles and antiques; and books, both new and gently used.
The event is a major fundraiser for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the 1835 Hembree Farm historic site. The farmhouse was donated to and moved by the historical society a short distance from where it was originally built on land belonging to Roswell’s pioneering Hembree family.
Proceeds from the Great Flea Fling will help fund a new roof on the Hembree farmhouse.
This year, however, the money realized from book sales at the Fling will be used to maintain the society’s archival collections.
Last year, the Fling raised around $6,000.
For more information, go to www.roswellhistoricalsociety.org.