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Sturdy and handsome: Treasure of the Day

Now is the time!  ABC Sale donation drop-off started today.  Curbside drop offs continue at St. Thomas More tomorrow, 8 am to 7 pm, and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Drop off your stuff and get a tax receipt in return.

The sale opens at 8 am Saturday, April 26.  The Tar Heel Ten Miler begins early Saturday morning; the roads around St. Thomas More will not be closed, but traffic will be halted as groups of runners come through.  Click here to see a traffic advisory along with road closures for Saturday’s race.  Plan your trip and travel times accordingly.

All your favorite departments return to St. Thomas More for the 52nd ABC Sale.  The Treasure Room, women’s clothing, and the women’s boutique will be ranged along the hallway to the left of the main entrance.  Books are set up behind the welcome table in the lobby.  The big fellowship hall will be home to cook’s corner, linens, accessories, white elephant, children’s and infants’ clothing, and men’s clothing.  The furniture section will be in the lobby outside the fellowship hall — at the entrance to the right of the main entrance.  The garden center will be in the courtyard off the fellowship hall, and baked goods and hotdogs will greet you outside.  Credit card payment points will be available at centralized locations.  Click here to see a schematic layout of this year’s sale.

Treasure of the Day: A heavy sterling silver Tiffany baby cup, with plenty of heft to withstand repeated banging on the high chair tray.  Initials, DEH, and the year, 1918, make this a very special offering.  Scrap metal value alone is over $100; we know you’ll find it priceless!

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted.  Proceeds go to benefit the IFC Building Campaign and other charities in in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties.

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Beverly Dixon Macaws: Treasure of the Day

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Chapel Hill native and North Carolina artist Beverly Dixon painted this pair of macaws in pastel and wash on paper.  Her work is very popular ’round here — this could be your chance!

Make room for this fine feathered duo by donating some of your old art — that painting you don’t notice any longer or the one you never really liked or the framed posters that still say “dorm room.”    The ABC Sale crew will take your donations curbside at St. Thomas More starting Tuesday, April 22, 1-5 pm.  Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Scandalous…: Treasure of the Day

IMGP2236This superb handpainted Art Nouveau floral ewer with heavy goldwork and beading is an excellent example of Royal Hinode Nippon porcelain.

Our particular ewer was meant to be bequeathed to Kathleen Winsor, the author of Forever Amber, published in 1944.  The novel told the story of Amber St. Clare, who moved up through 17th century British society by marrying successively wealthier men, all the while keeping her love for the one man she could never have.  The novel was banned in at least 14 states and some countries for its scandalous content, although Winsor remarked that the only two steamy scenes she wrote were removed by her editors.  They substituted ellipses instead; “in those days” she said, “they could solve everything with an ellipsis.”

Although banned, Forever Amber was an instant best seller.  Our donor’s aunt read Forever Amber (cover to cover, I’m sure) and immediately removed the author from her will.  And that is how this beautiful piece made its way to the ABC Sale.

ABC Sale volunteers will take your donations (wholesome or scandalous) starting Tuesday, April 22, 1-5 pm.  Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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It could change your life: Treasure of the Day

Reflect on ancient history or just perfect those beautiful eyes for a night on the town using this lovely Venetian glass dressing table mirror.

When Constantinople was sacked by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, all the glassmakers fled to Venice.  When the Ottomans took the city in 1453, glassmakers again fled to Venice.  Thus Venetian glass would not exist but for Byzantium.

There are entire Pinterest sites dedicated to Venetian glass — the item we have for the ABC Sale is the real thing, circa 1900.  If you don’t have  a dressing table it would be worth getting one just to be able to use this mirror.  It could change your life.  So stop by the furniture department before you leave the sale with this mirror tucked under your arm next Saturday!

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Gaudy Night: Treasure of the Day

IMGP2234Collectors and investors, decorators and do-it-yourselfers, scavengers and eccentrics: all will make their way to the ABC Sale on April 26 to see what treasures they can discover. Last week donors and treasure-seekers arrived at the home of Jenny and David Routh to contribute and kibbutz at A Treasured Affair. David Lindquist was on hand to appraise, aided as always by Elizabeth Lindquist and Pamela Pate.

On each day leading up to the sale, we will highlight a treasure or two just to whet your appetite.

Today’s focus is a piece of gaudy pottery, a gold Japanese Satsuma semi-porcelain teapot. This jolie-laide specimen, dating to 1900, features a dragon on the lid — scales and all — with images of the immortals peering out from dragon infested waters. Since they are immortal, they regard the dragon — and us — with sang froid. (Not sure why this teapot sparks an urge to speak le Francais.)

I’ll bet you’ve thought of your own unusual piece you’d like to donate. The ABC Sale crew will take your donations (both precious and pedestrian) starting Tuesday, April 22, 1-5 pm. Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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