Radio, tech museum hosts market, auction
HUNTINGTON -- Patrons of the Huntington Museum of Radio and Technology plugged into history Saturday afternoon during the museum's Summer Heat Flea Market and Auction.
Radios, televisions, cameras and almost all of the parts they could ever need were ripe for the picking for prices ranging from 50 cents to a few hundred dollars during the market, which happens three times each year in April, July and October.
The event has a dual purpose of helping the museum filter its collections, as well as making available some difficult-to-find items, said Geoffrey Bourne, curator of the museum.
"We get so much stuff here, and we can't use it all," Bourne said. "If you're just interested in electronics, you want to know the history of it or if you're just looking for a radio you want to play around with, you can buy any of that from 50 cents up to a couple hundred dollars."
Bourne said the sale garnered at least $500 for the museum before the auction began Saturday afternoon, and a final total was not available Saturday evening.
The museum set up shop in the former Harveytown Elementary School building along Florence Avenue in 1991, and people have flocked from all over the world to see it, said Judy Taylor, president of the museum's board.
Just this month, a group from the American Queen riverboat took a tour of the museum while the boat was docked in Huntington, Taylor said.
"The most fun thing is that everybody who comes in here finds a personal connection with something that's here," Taylor said. "We're kind of a secret around here, and we don't mean to be a secret. We have people come in here from all over the world, and people in our neighborhood don't really know we're here."
Raymond Gwinn, of Drexel, North Carolina, said he has been coming to the museum for its markets since it began hosting them.
He said the museum has something everyone can relate to, and he often buys spare parts and merchandise when he visits with his friend, Richard Owens.
"Every time I've been here, I've seen something different," Gwynn said. "I think there's a good display of the history of all kinds of electronics, including TVs and radios. I think we take a lot of things for granted with all the high tech stuff we have now, but we have to remember we had smart people 100 years ago who invented and designed all the stuff here that's led us to where we are today."
For more information about the museum, visit http://mrtwv.org or call 304-528-8890.
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