'Treasures' found at Chamber event

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Tue., Sep. 20, 2011
Expert David Bess examines a classic guitar at the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce's 'Treasure or Trinket' event on Sept. 17. Photos by Steve Smith.
Expert David Bess examines a classic guitar at the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce's 'Treasure or Trinket' event on Sept. 17. Photos by Steve Smith.

Hundreds turned out for the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce's “Treasure or Trinket” event on Sept. 17, and some were extremely pleased to find out that their trinkets were indeed treasures.

A book – specifically a copy of “Mutiny on the Bounty” from 1798 – was valued at $8,000 to $10,000 by expert Scott Liscomb, one of several antiques experts who evaluated items brought by more than 100 people from the area.

“We had a steady line of people who wanted things appraised,” said event chair Valerie Chase.

“Another lady had four Buddha statues that she was told were from the 1600s,” Liscomb said. “There are a lot of reproductions out there, but these were real. They're worth about $1,250 apiece.”

A painting brought by a local woman turned out to be an original from artist Charles Dixon. “We appraised that between $500 and $1,000,” Liscomb said.

“I had a set of the Deion Quints,” said Renee Irvin, who specializes in doll appraisals. “That was probably the most expensive set of dolls, at about $450, that I saw all day. They hold their value in the doll world.”

“I think the day was great,” said Chamber Executive Director Candice Corcione. “We had about 50 vendors and continuous traffic all day. People seemed to be very happy with the amount of vendors and the quality of the crafts.”

The event, which was held on the grounds of the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon, also had tag sale spaces available. The tag sale was also well-patronized.

Organizers said the Tolland County 4-H refreshment kitchen was a big hit. “We had people stop in here only to eat,” Chase said, adding that local band The Crustaceans was also a big hit.

After its second year, Corcione said the plans are to continue to make the event an annual one in mid-to-late September. For more information, visit www.tollandcountychamber.org.


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