Saying goodbye: old Grace home open one last time for massive sale
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.
Jackie Loughheed has been helping to coordinate the Garage Sale taking place today and tomorrow at the old Grace Christian Home in Huntingville.