“The Fling has some interesting items this year,” said historical society member Connie Huddleston. “There is a stereoscope with 40-plus images of the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, a circa 1915 Western Electric washing machine with copper tub and oak legs, a first edition, 25th printing of ‘Gone with the Wind’ and more furniture than ever before.”
The society received several donations of antique and vintage linens this year, she said. “We have some beautiful pieces and will have a table/booth just for these.”
Society member Sherron Lawson said the variety of sale items is impressive. “In the booth I will be manning will be crystal stemware and hollow ware, vintage silver plate hollow ware, sets of china, Japan collectibles, hats, scarves and vintage lingerie, dolls, Depression glass and other glass.
In addition to large selection of good furniture, other Fling items include home decor and drapes, sports equipment, toys, lawn and garden, home improvement, tools, toys and games, and huge selection of books, Lawson said. “We’ll also have a huge display of Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, and decorations. We’ll have a bake sale and hot dogs and drinks to purchase. There’s something for everybody.”
The event is a major fundraiser for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Hembree farmhouse, which was moved a short distance from its original spot on the Hembree land by the society in 2007.
At present, the society is working on a five year strategic plan for the property. The plan is being compiled by a master of historic preservation student at Georgia State University. “Having this plan and our structural plan, done in 2009, will allow us to apply for additional grants while we move ahead with restoration,” Huddleston said.
Meanwhile, “we have re-established electricity to the Farm with the help of Meer Electric, Cobb EMC, and Moncrief Heating and Air Conditioning.
Both companies donated their time as well as Cobb Electric,” she said.
“The Fling will be our big fundraising event again this year. We hope to then be able to put up at least two of the home’s chimneys, repair the roof, and begin interior restoration.”
The Flea Fling is at Hembree Farm historic site is at 775 Hembree Road, Roswell.
For more information, go to www.roswellhs.org.