Iowa State Museums held their second Art and Antique sale on Friday at the Scheman Building with over 80 people in line waiting to buy antiques. The items they include are original Campanile copper tiles, original artwork, medallions, coins and books.
The ISU Surplus and university museums gather items that are donated specifically to sell, Suzanne LeSar, a research associate at the Textile museum, said they are trying to clear out space that has been offered over the past 20 years which cannot be donated or used due to regulations.
“We have had a problem in the past with people bringing more things to us than we can possibly accept and then they think they are doing us a favor by leaving it with us,” LeSar said. “So this is just a basic cleanup.”
Each of the departments research every item to estimate the value with prices ranging from $0.50 to $1,000. The ISU Surplus helps the museum coordinate the event through advertising, signage and labor that is involved. A portion of the proceeds go to each department to fund and maintain their museums, while some of the proceeds goes to paying to run the event.
“We take the time to make sure that the pieces that we are selling, we’re not selling for garage sale prices; they’re for fair market price,” Betsy Grabinski, the communication specialist for the university museums, said.
Grabinski said the event does not happen often, the last sale was in 2015, since the Brunnier Art Museum was in renovation they used this as an opportunity to hold another sale. The museums wait until they have a collection of items to sell in order to plan the Arts and Antique sale.
The Art and Antiques will also be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scheman Building, accepting cash, checks, and credit cards. All sales will be final and non-negotiable.