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Lancaster Public Library, in an effort to raise funds to sustain library operations, is holding its first jewelry sale this weekend at 125 N. Duke St.

“We have a lot of really nice pieces,” says community relations director Heather Sharpe. “There’s one very unique piece that’s appraised at $1,695. There are others worth hundreds.”

And there are thousands of other items — rings and earrings, bracelets and necklaces, plus an assortment of scarves and purses — that have been donated for the sale by members of the Lancaster community.

The collection for sale includes a variety of costume jewelry, estate pieces, antiques and collectible items, Sharpe says.

Some were given by people clearing out their jewelry boxes, dresser drawers and closets, she says. Others were donated by local jewelers and artists, some of whom crafted pieces specially for the event.

Most of the items will be sold for a dollar, maybe a few dollars, Sharpe says. Some of the more valuable items will be priced accordingly, she says.

Sharpe says the Mountville branch of the library has held a small jewelry sale for the past three years.

“It was a great success,” she says. “So now we are having one here.”

She wasn’t sure how much they have raised for Mountville, but said it was in the ballpark of “several thousand dollars.”

The library’s development director, Jennifer Wiggin, and her mother, volunteer JoAnn Dumas, spearheaded the drive to collect donations over the past few months, Sharpe says.

If successful, she hopes it will become an annual event.

The sale will be held on the library’s second floor, Sharpe says, and “normal library activities” will be going on around the displays.

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