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History for sale

Published 8:42pm Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It’s not every day that one gets the chance to buy a piece of Suffolk history from someone who has made history in Suffolk. But that’s just what folks will be able to do for the next three weekends, as former Mayor Andy Damiani opens his home to folks interested in purchasing the antiques and mementos he has there.

Damiani, 91, will be holding an estate sale to clear out the things from his Riverview home in preparation for an upcoming move to the smaller West Washington Street apartment he has long used as an office. Just about everything in his current home will be for sale, and he has been preparing for the event for weeks with the help of an antiques dealer.

By the end of the second weekend of August, he hopes to have cleared out the Chippendale and Queen Anne antiques, the Royal Doulton china, the crystal stemware, the silver, the oil paintings, linens, collectibles, books and more from the Dumville Avenue home he shared with his wife, the former Mary Manos, until her passing in 2007.

Mary Damiani was a great collector of antiques, and her widowed husband has plenty of stories to tell about the items he’s putting up for sale. He also has stories about the mementos he is selling from his long and eventful time in Suffolk. There are coffee mugs with a “Surprising Suffolk” logo, commemorative plates from Suffolk companies that no longer exist, a glittery peanut Christmas tree ornament and more for people with a penchant for Suffolk collectibles.

Perhaps the best thing about Damiani’s sale is his plan for the proceeds. He plans to donate all of the money he raises to his church, St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church.

It’s a selfless act of local support by a man who has become a local legend for the selfless way he has promoted and supported his hometown of many years.

The sale will be held at 701 Dumville Ave. on July 26-27, Aug. 2-3 and Aug. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He’s accepting cash and credit cards.

Stop in and buy something — or just ask him about it — and you’re likely to learn a thing or two. At the very least, you’ll come away with a great story.

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