'Treasure or Trinket' event returns Sept. 17

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Sep. 9, 2011
Expert Jim Corcione examines an antique cash register at last year's 'Treasure or Trinket' event. File photos by Steve Smith.
Expert Jim Corcione examines an antique cash register at last year's 'Treasure or Trinket' event. File photos by Steve Smith.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual Treasure or Trinket Festival at the Tolland Agricultural Center on Route 30 in Vernon. The most popular part of last year's event was having experts give their opinions on the value of antique items people brought from home.

Chamber Executive Director Candice Corcione said there were many surprises last year, including a puzzle that was valued at $4,500 and some Barbie Doll items that were valued in the thousands. “We had some very interesting items, and it was a lot of fun for people to watch,” Corcione said.

Experts will include lamp specialist David Bess, doll expert Renee Irvin, and Scott Liscomb of A Family Heirloom, LLC, who specializes in fine art. Also featured is Bruce Ingraham, who has been appraising antiques at shows throughout New England for 30 years, and has extensive knowledge of furniture, china, toys, glass, paintings and more. Candice's husband Jim Corcione owns Eastern Antiques and Restorations and specializes in 19th-century decorative arts and Victorian furniture, as well as items that are from, or relate to, Vernon and Rockville.

Admission to the event is free, and expert opinions are $10, and will include advice on how to sell the various items. Corcione said she hopes more people will take advantage of the opportunity.

There will also be plenty of crafters on hand, as spaces have already filled up. “We have a whole lot more crafters this year,” Corcione said. “It's looking like a county fair.”

There are, however, still tag sale spaces available (as of press time) at $25 for a 10x10 space. Organizations are encouraged to use the spaces for fundraising activities.

There will also be blood pressure screenings and a car seat check, and the 4-H club will have refreshments available.

The event is held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit www.tollandcountychamber.org.


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