Antiques appraisal event makes for fun fundraiser
Treasures in the Attic, an annual fundraiser organized by Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History for the past seven years, is a great chance to have much loved family items evaluated. According to executive director AudreyWall, it is the second biggest fundraiser after StoryFest, and draws a crowdeach year.
People can have items appraised by experts for a small fee.
Professional appraisers, who donate their time to Greenwood will include Kevin Colgan, a general appraiser specializing in antiques, paintings and pictures. Jennifer Millen will be on hand to evaluate fabrics, textiles and costumes, while Maureen Decelles will appraise modern and antique jewelry.
Appraiser RossWilson will evaluatemilitary uniforms, decorations. Wall says though his specialties include British and Canadian militaria, Wilson also possesses a discerning eye for antiques and collectables.
And new this year will be $2, $5 and $10 sale tables, while a silent auction will run all day, and a live auction will start at 3:15 p.m. Wall says the event would not happen without more than 50 volunteers including students fromWestwood Jr. High School’s enriched program, who help serve dozens of pieces of home-made treats in a tea room set up for the day.
“Last year we invited a gold seller to be on site, and he was a great draw, so we are continuing this again this year,” Wall noted.
Her advice to first timers is to bring whatever they find interesting. “You may find that your item is not particularly valuable, as I did with a pair of what I thought were very wonderful candelabra, but you’ll learn a great deal about your items, and that will make them all the more interesting to you down the road.”
Treasures in the Attic will take place Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. James Church Hall, 642, rue Main, in Hudson. To reserve an appraisal time or for information, call 450 458-5396.