Antique and vintage items at Zoar Wetland garage sale

Antique and vintage items at Zoar Wetland garage sale

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This year’s garage sale to benefit the Zoar Wetland Arboretum has some interesting items in the mix. One such item is an original lantern from the Boston Elevated Railway.

“This lantern would have been used by workers to signal each other at night,” said Sherrie Baughman, secretary treasurer for the wetland.

The sale, scheduled for June 24-25, will feature other vintage items including a steamer trunk, a vintage Featherflite aluminum drink cooler, and a large number of vintage and modern tools.

“There is an old Dutch oven that would have been used over an open fire or in a fireplace,” Baughman said.

Denny Lewton, executive director for the wetland, said the vintage and antique items will be marked a little higher this year than the normal prices at the sale. But there will still be plenty of other items at the prices people have come to expect.

“The garage sale is our main fundraiser for the year,” Lewton said. “We get a lot of support from the community with people not only buying, but donating items to sell. We’ve got a lot of nice stuff this year. I’m pretty impressed with it.”

Kayak raffle

The wetland also is selling raffle tickets for a Lifetime Teton fishing kayak, which was donated by Kahler’s Lawn Care in Bolivar. According to Lewton, a limited amount of tickets will be available. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased during the sale or in advance by calling 330-495-3613.

The kayak will be raffled at the closing of the sale on June 25. The winner need not be present.

Supporting the wetland

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Zoar Wetland Arboretum. Preserving the 82-acre nature preserve is important to its wildlife and the environment but equally important for humans, according to Lewton.

“The wetland is a place you can go to have your own little playground,” he said. “It's right in the community's backyard. It’s peaceful, quiet and well cared for, and I'd hate to see it someday closed down because of funding.”

The wetland doesn’t just need funding, though. “I want to thank all of our board members and our many volunteers who keep the place open,” Lewton said.

The wetland offers pavilion rental for graduations, weddings, birthdays and other social events. The lake is open to members for fishing. Memberships are $30 annually for families, with corporate and lifetime memberships also available. Forms can be downloaded at www.zoarwetland.org.

Hours for the sale on June 24 and 25 are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Zoar Wetland Arboretum is located at 434 W. Fifth St. in Zoar. Take Route 212 into Zoar and turn west on Fifth Street, then follow it over the Zoar Levee.