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Delta museum hosts annual holiday sale

Historic Hangar 2, of the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum in Atlanta, was recently filled with vendors selling a variety of unique items, including handmade crafts, jewelry, home decor and Christmas decorations.

The museum hosted its annual "Holidays in the Hangar Sale" on Nov. 15, with more than 30 vendors in attendance. Participants were mostly employees of Delta Air Lines, though the event was also open to the general public.

The museum has been hosting the sale for more than 10 years, said Tiffany Meng, director of the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, Inc.

The proceeds from the event benefit the museum in numerous ways, including providing funds for future exhibits, she explained.

"We do this to kick off our holiday season and draw people to the museum," she said. "It's a win-win. A win for shoppers, and a win for us."

Meng explained that part of the profit gained derives from the display tables rented vendors. Vendors must also donate at least one item they are selling for the museum's silent auction, which occurs during the event.

Meng added that the vendors are either Delta Air Lines employees, Delta Air Lines retirees, or individuals that conduct business with the airline.

"Vendors have some connection with Delta," Meng said.

Dot Gillespie said this was the fifth year she has been a vendor at the Hangar Sale.

As a customer service employee for the Delta Sky Club, Gillespie said the event allows her to catch up and reconnect with her co-workers, while she makes sales.

Gillespie had a variety of eye-catching kitchen items, including plates and cutlery, for sale.

Gillespie said she adds her own touch to her cutlery items, wrapping a beaded wire around their handles. "I like to be able to use different combinations of beads, making them eye-pleasing and fun to look at," said Gillespie. "We use a lot of glass beads and natural gemstones, and it is fun. It's a creative outlet and useable art."

Vendors Vivian Green and Penny Foster were selling their own jewelry at the event.

Green said she and Foster are flight attendants for Delta Air Lines, but operate a jewelry business on the side, called Penny and Vivian Jewelry.

Foster said they create some of the jewelry they sell, and assist customers in coordinating their jewelry with outfits.

Green said Swarovski crystals, as well as turquoise, jade and coral are used to create their hand-made jewelry.

Steve White, a first-time vendor at the Hangar Sale, said he creates his own merchandise, too.

White said his specialty is Christmas decorations, including artificial wreaths, mantel pieces and table-top decorations.

"I've always been creative," said White. "I am very attentive to detail."

Shirley Roberts, a passenger service agent for the airline, said she had wanted to attend in years past but didn't, and was glad she was present for this year's Hangar Sale.

"I think it's really good ... The main [things] I like are the Christmas decorations, and the jewelry," said Roberts.

Andrea Bowman, an attorney for Delta Air Lines, said she attends the event every year because she finds interesting and creative items.

Bowman showed off several items she purchased at the sale, including a woven headband, an artistic Christmas ornament and a reversible table cloth, which had two separate themes, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"You find unique things that you can't find anywhere else, and it's very convenient," she said.

Meng, the museum director, said the next Hangar Sale will occur on Nov. 15 , 2011, and that the general public must make an appointment at least a day in advance to attend. Delta employees need not make an appointment.

"There are items for sale here that you won't find anywhere else. A lot of hand-made items," she said.

For more information, contact the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum at (404) 773-1219.