An­tiques ap­prai­sal event makes for fun fun­drai­ser

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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.

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