Thanks to everyone who came to shop at History San Jose’s 2019 Warehouse Sale on September 21st & 22nd! We made over $6000 towards the care of the historic collections that HSJ manages on behalf of the City of San Jose.
The sale was held on both floors of the Empire Firehouse and the outside lawn, the culmination of three years of a project to sort through and deaccession textiles and other household items from the collection that were not suitable for exhibit, duplicates, or did not fall under our mission. These items were offered to other local museums before being offered to the public for sale. We are continuing to offer the remaining materials to local theater groups and schools.
We could not have done this without the help of our cadre of volunteers who helped identify over 3000 items for deaccession, and who also helped out at the sale in many capacities.
Deaccessioning is an ongoing process that is part of the responsible management of a collection. The last sale that History San Jose conducted was several years ago when we emptied the North Warehouse to make room for the Bay Area Glass Institute. Many items were deaccessioned and sold at auction, but the bulk of the warehouse contents were relocated to our Collection Center across the street. In all cases, the funds raised by sales go back into the care of the collection and are not used for operating expenses.