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‘Let’s Make a Deal’ for Duxbury Historical Society — Waterbury Roundabout

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Antique skis, bundles of books, and sets of wine glasses packed the tables outside Duxbury’s town office and garage on a recent Saturday afternoon.

Those were just some of the donations from folks across town for the Duxbury Historical Society’s annual “Let’s Make a Deal” yard and bake sale. Tucked away against the woods on Sept. 10, shoppers and vendors built up a warm and welcoming atmosphere as they chatted and browsed.

For the last six years, the event has drawn hundreds of customers and earned around $800 each year to support the historical society.

“It’s got to be somebody’s treasure,” society president Don Welch said, explaining the appeal of the various household goods and decorations.

Each item for sale came via donation: educational posters, baked treats, even a pair of sandals with a label saying “they looked much better in the catalog.”

The items vary from year to year, with lots of exercise equipment last year and an assortment of kitchen appliances this year. Since the historical society has no space of its own, it asks people to hold onto their donations until the yard sale approaches. All unsold items from the sale are donated to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury.

The event’s name came from historical society member Mary Welch, who is married to Don Welch and is a fan of the longtime game show of the same name. And true to the concept, items don’t carry prices. That’s settled when the customer gets to the checkout table.

The funds raised at the sale typically go towards acquiring artifacts and upgrading historical society electronics — but group members hope to soon raise enough funds to buy and maintain a permanent home for the organization. Right now, the group is based at the town office, but its leaders want to find a historical property to buy and preserve.

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