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Kiwanis raise funds for community with annual Antique Appraisal Fair

There was a story at every table. Each item had its own history, its own secrets.

The Second Annual Kiwanis Antiques Appraisal Fair was a fascinating place to hang out on Friday night and Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

Crowds came with their treasures and each had a story to tell the visiting appraisers. Whether it was a painting that brought a $75,000 appraisal or a print worth $25, owners walked away with a good idea of whether their items were trash or treasure.

Some didn’t care about the price tag, but had stories of precious things that belonged to great-grandmothers or aunts. Others told of picking up a picture with an appraised value of several hundred at a garage sale for $4. There were groans and smiles and squeals of delight as Joe Rosson and other appraisers gave expert advice on the items brought before them. Rosson is an author, having published seven books on antiques as well as being the antiques columnist for the News Sentinel. He is host with Helaine Fendelman of the PBS series, “Treasures In Your Attic.”

The annual fund raiser brought in money for area Kiwanis programs. Hosts for the fair were the Alcoa and Foothills Kiwanis, Heritage and Alcoa High Schools Key Clubs. Judge David Duggan was chairman of the event.

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