Carroll County Times

Arts council to host yART sale in Westminster Saturday

When Westminster resident Nancy Schmitt was cleaning out her mother's house last weekend in West Virginia, she came up with a good way to utilize some of the old things.

On Saturday, the Carroll County Arts Council will hold the first yART Sale and has been accepting donations from the community this week. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.


Schmitt dropped off about 20 pieces of artwork from her mother's house Monday at the arts center.

"I thought it was a great way to move some of this stuff out of my mother's house and at the same time benefit the arts center," Schmitt said.


By Wednesday afternoon, about 300 pieces of donated artwork had been collected.

"It's important to change up your art, make room for new art," said Sandy Oxx, the Arts Center executive director.

The Arts Center will be accepting drop-offs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. They will not be accepting donations Friday, when they will be setting up for the sale.

No item at the sale will be priced at more than $25, and most will fall in the $5 to $10 range, Oxx said.

This is a first-time event for the arts center. Oxx said she would like the sale to raise about $1,000.

"If it works we'll do it every year. If it flops we'll move on. We'll figure out something else," Oxx said.

Saturday's fundraiser for the Arts Council will have a garage-sale feel.

"This is not going to be pretty like what you're used to seeing with our exhibits," Oxx said.


Arts council members and volunteers will be ready for negotiators and may also encourage the bargaining, said Joanne Blye.

"I'm hoping that there will be some haggling because that's what happens at yard sales," Blye said.

Arts council member Patty Keener said she is hoping the sale will give shoppers an opportunity to buy items they can reuse including frames and old canvases. She is excited to see how the sale turns out.

"I think it's fun," Keener said. "I think it's going to be a fun one."

And who knows, maybe someone will find a valuable or useful item at the yART Sale - that's what Oxx is hoping for.

"We realize that one man's trash is definitely another man's treasure," she said.