Bear River Historical Society to hold sale of clothes from around world
The society is having financial problems, so it's selling 1,500 exotic clothing items to raise money
It's being billed as a one-of-a-kind clothing sale in Nova Scotia and with items like Japanese kimonos, a bullfighter's uniform and Victorian garb, it will probably live up to that billing.
The Bear River Historical Society and Museum is putting on the sale because it needs money. Treasurer Bonnie MacLeod says the society is about three months behind on its bills.
Since January, four local families have made significant clothing donations to the society and it has decided to put them up for sale to raise money. There will be about about 1,500 pieces of clothing for sale and the price tags for items will vary between $5 and $50.
"Most countries are represented," said MacLeod, noting the majority of the clothing are originals while some are replicas.
She says the craftsmanship and materials are spectacular.
"You just don't find workmanship like that anymore," said MacLeod.
The sale will be taking place next weekend at the Oakdene Community Centre in Bear River, April 2-3.
MacLeod says there isn't enough room to house all of the clothing at the centre, so another sale with the remaining goods will be held from Thursday, April 8 to Sunday, April 11.
One item you won't find
The donations included a coat made of monkey fur.
"We researched that and it's against the law to sell that," said MacLeod.
She says the items will likely be of particular interest to theatre groups, reenactment groups and Red Hatters.