Three years ago, when the Pasco Arts Council was planning its first artistic odds and ends sale, executive director Ann Larsen thought a good name would be "Arts and Ends."
The arts center staff had cleaned out storage rooms, and patrons and students had donated this 'n' that, so it seemed like an appropriate name for the sale.
Instead, it was dubbed "Artists' Attic Sale" because so many donations and items seemed to be the kinds of things one might find in an attic.
On Saturday, the center will hold its third annual such sale — one of its major fundraisers — and the donations and bargains have only gotten bigger and better.
The sale is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there's plenty of parking at the adjacent Centennial Park, Ms. Larsen said.
"We have a wonderful supply of gorgeous frames and mats," Ms. Larsen said. Many of the new ones were donated by professional framers No Naked Walls and Colorfair, both in Port Richey.
There are several artists' easels, including a portable French easel for plein air artists, as well as decorative easels for displaying art.
"We have 100 or more paint brushes, 20 of them pure sable," Ms. Larsen said. They retail for about $18, but the art center will sell them for a fraction of that amount. Other brushes have been gently used and will go cheap.
Other sale items includes tubes of paint, watercolor sets, craft items, watercolor and sketch paper, handmade papers, canvas panels, even some full rolls of unstretched canvas.
Several artists have donated framed artworks.
"Sometimes people buy them for the art; sometimes they buy them for the frame," Ms. Larsen said.
Besides art supplies, there are office supplies, Tupperware (that's become an Artists' Attic Sale tradition), vases, microwavable bowls with an instruction book, fabrics large enough for draperies or tablecloths, fabrics small enough to be used as draping material in still life set-ups and lots of books.
"We have a couple of hundred Horizon (art) Books," Ms. Larsen said. Many of the donated books will go into the center's lending library, but if there are duplicates, they'll go into the sale.
Among the more unusual items are a recliner chair, a desk and a file cabinet. Perhaps the most unusual art item is an Artograph, a projector that is especially useful for muralists.
The center expects a huge crowd, "especially in this economy, when everyone is looking for a bargain," and the shoppers can be, um, assertive, she said.
"We don't advise bringing children or baby strollers," Ms. Larsen said.
Experience has taught the center employees and volunteers some valuable lessons about efficiency.
"We'll have people enter using the ramp and have a tent at the foot of the steps to check them out," she said. There will be an express checkout lane for buyers with five or fewer items, so they won't be held up by those buying 50 or more things, which many people do.
"The last two years, people lined up outside asking to come in and look" long before the doors opened, Ms. Larsen said.
"But we're opening at 9:30 a.m. sharp, not 9:29 and not 9:31, so no one gets in early."