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M. Steinert and Sons has 120 years’ worth of stuff to buy

It’s hardly just pianos for sale this weekend: There will be everything from floor lamps to Cold War-era first aid kits . .
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Jerome Murphy, M. Steinert & Sons treasurer, looked over a Steinway Duo-art, one of a dozen-plus baby grands for sale.

Vintage floor lamps, paintings, furniture, first-aid kits from the Cold War era and, yes, pianos are just some of the 120 years’ worth of items that will be up for grabs at a massive estate sale this weekend at the former Boylston Street home of M. Steinert & Sons.

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Hundreds of treasure hunters and collectors are expected at the historic building Saturday and Sunday to sift through things that occupied every nook and cranny of the 20,000-square-foot, six-story piano store and performance center, said the sale’s organizer, Maggie Hunt of Hunt Estate Sales.

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Maggie Hunt of Hunt Estate Sales displayed the roll from a player piano.

The eras represented are as varied as the items are random: an ornate French bronze clock, an 1875 Steinert piano, wooden piano crates, century-old rusty tools, a Pillsbury Doughboy cookie jar, wood-framed mirrors, and a bunch of cast-iron radiators.

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“That’s what we want in an estate sale, is the multiple interests — the big things, little things, industrial things, commercial things,” Hunt said. “There is something for everyone.”

The sale’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The building is at 162 Boylston St. in Boston. All proceeds will be donated to the Boston Children’s Chorus.

M. Steinert & Sons, the last piano store in the former Piano Row District, has temporarily relocated to a storefront in the Park Plaza Building nearby while the Boylston Street building undergoes extensive renovations.

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Boston, MA- April 18, 2017: Survival supplies will be sold at the M. Steinert & Sons on Boylston Street in Boston, MA on April 18, 2017. The store was a fallout shelter during the cold war. The piano store has moved to a temporary space as the 120-year-old building begins extensive renovation work. Now the company is putting over a century worth of items up for sale to the public. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: metro reporter
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Old survival supplies are for sale, too: The store had a Cold War era fallout shelter.

Boston, MA- April 18, 2017: Brendan Murphy, vice-president of M. Steinert & Sons looks over the Japanese art work to be sold at M. Steinert & Sons on Boylston Street in Boston, MA on April 18, 2017. The piano store has moved to a temporary space as the 120-year-old building begins extensive renovation work. Now the company is putting over a century worth of items up for sale to the public. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: metro reporter
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Vice president Brendan Murphy inspected some Japanese artwork.

Katheleen Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKConti.