With 7,000 or so artworks from 400-something individuals at this MCAD event, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Each year, the school packs pieces by students and recent graduates into every inch of space possible, so skipping a room or hallway nook could mean passing by hundreds of works. If your heart is set on buying a piece, we recommend coming up with a game plan. Choose a medium (photography, furniture, paintings, drawings, comic art, etc.), a size (works on display can go from mere inches to over five feet), and a price range (some items are $20-$50, others are in the thousands). Or, if you’re brave, go in blind and see what pulls you in. Whatever your plans are, grab a glass of wine, and get exploring. You’ll discover some duds, some weird stuff, and, best of all, some really cool pieces from emerging artists. Tickets to Thursday’s posh party will score you first-day admission, appetizers, drinks, and free valet parking; Friday’s shindig has a cash bar; and Saturday is free, with plenty still to explore and shop. Proceeds from the event go to MCAD’s scholarship fund. The benefit sale has generated over $3.3 million over the years.