Historical Village ‘Museum Store Sunday’ A Success

provided to Santiva Chronicle

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village took part in the third annual “Museum Store Sunday,” sponsored by the Museum Store Association. The museum store was open Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a wide variety of merchandise for sale.

“We welcomed about 65 people,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “Sales were brisk, bringing in more than $1,200. We even sold an original painting of the old Post Office by Susan Anderson, part of a new partnership with the Sanibel Captiva Art League.”

Museum Store Sunday is a global annual event to help museum stores increase community engagement and advocate for nonprofit retail while showcasing the products unique to each store involved. More than 1,200 stores representing all 50 states are participating.

Volunteer artisan Connie Jump was on hand demonstrating how she makes her upcycled necklaces and wind chimes; and Gisela Damandl, the basket lady, was demonstrating her basket making techniques.

Stuart Hata, co-chair of the national Museum Store Sunday Committee said, “It is important to include local artisans because Museum Store Sunday is our global annual day of advocacy celebrating how museum stores are resources for local communities and their visitors.” Hata believes it is important to show support for cultural institutions and their stores and to patronize museums.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to preserve, share, and celebrate Sanibel’s history. The museum will remain open during the BIG ARTS construction project. The traditional entrance to the village is open, and there is adequate parking available. There is handicap access to the buildings. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org or call (239) 472-4648 during business hours.

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