Say­ing good­bye: old Grace home open one last time for mas­sive sale

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Gor­don Lam­bie

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017 has been a year of cel­e­bra­tion for the Mas­saw­ippi Retirement Com­mu­ni­ties with the grand open­ing of the new Grace Vil­lage fa­cil­ity in Hunt­ingville. The lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers have come to­gether, each in his or her own way, on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions to play a part in mov­ing res­i­dents into a state of the art new home.

As much as Grace Vil­lage’s fresh start is impressive, how­ever, no new chap­ter in a story can be­gin with­out the pre­vi­ous one end­ing. As the doors open on one build­ing, the com­mu­nity is also get­ting ready to say good­bye to the space that has been known as Grace Chris­tian Home for the last 60 years.

To­day and to­mor­row from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the old build­ing will play host to a mas­sive sale of all the left­over fur­ni­ture, equip­ment, and dec­o­ra­tions that did not find a place in the new home.

“This could well be the last time that the gen­eral pub­lic has the chance to walk through the build­ing,” re­flected Jackie Lougheed who, along with her hus­band Don, has been work­ing to co­or­di­nate the ex­ten­sive sort­ing and or­ga­ni­za­tion of the sale. “Many peo­ple have had a re­ally close con­nec­tion to this build­ing over the years,” she said, adding, “There’s a his­tory here, if all th­ese bits and pieces could talk.”

Right now the halls of the old home are va­cant but far from empty. Though the rem­nants have been care­fully or­ga­nized and priced for sale, they fill nearly ev­ery cor­ner of the old ac­tiv­ity and liv­ing rooms with col­lec­tions of var­i­ous other items spilling over into other rooms nearby

“There’s trea­sures down here,” Lougheed said, ex­plain­ing that much of the fur­ni­ture and art are things that res­i­dents left be­hind when they died that fam­ily mem­bers didn’t want. She es­ti­mated the col­lec­tion in­cludes 42 dressers as well as a var­ied col­lec­tion of din­ing and easy chairs, paint­ings, and other dé­cor “There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one,” she added, not­ing that the sale also has items that were used to run the home, rang­ing from hair­dress­ing equip­ment to power tools, exit signs and medicine cab­i­nets to Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. In one cor­ner of the base­ment, ex­plor­ers can even find the scales and ex­am­in­ing ta­ble of home founder Dr W. J. Klinck.

Once the sale gets started, the gen­eral rule for the pub­lic will be that if a door is open, you can go in and take a look. Lougheed ex­plained that be­cause of the amount of stuff up for sale and the way it has been spread out through the space avail­able in the home, shop­pers will need to wan­der a bit through the base­ment, first floor, and garage out back if they re­ally want to see ev­ery­thing avail­able. A team of 18 vol­un­teers will also be at work both days to help guide vis­i­tors to dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

“What I would like is for men to un­der­stand that there’s hard­ware down in the base­ment,” Lougheed said. “Of­ten, with garage sales, men don’t think there’s any­thing in it for them. In this case I think they’ll be fas­ci­nated with some of the stuff.”

While em­pha­siz­ing that she has only been in­volved with or­ga­niz­ing the mov­able items for sale, the vol­un­teer added that this week­end’s sale also in­cludes the op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­ested par­ties to buy up some parts of the build­ing it­self. Given that the old home is slated for de­mo­li­tion some­time this fall, Lougheed said that the idea is to try to off­load as much of the us­able ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment on peo­ple who might be able to make good use of it.

All of the funds raised by the sale will be ded­i­cated to the on­go­ing build­ing project for the Mas­saw­ippi Retirement Com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing the build­ing of a new Con­naught Home in North Hat­ley and an ad­di­tional apart­ment com­plex and bun­ga­lows at the Grace Vil­lage site. An anony­mous donor has also agreed to make a do­na­tion to the cause match­ing the pro­ceeds of the sale, ef­fec­tively dou­bling the im­pact of the money raised.

GOR­DON LAM­BIE

Jackie Lough­heed has been help­ing to co­or­di­nate the Garage Sale tak­ing place to­day and to­mor­row at the old Grace Chris­tian Home in Hunt­ingville.

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