UNION — Antiques and collectibles and the appraisal of such items will be the order of the day when the Union County Museum hosts the “Antiques On Main” Antiques and Antique Collectibles and Appraisal Fair on Saturday, July 28.
The event, which will partly be held on Main Street in front of the museum and partly within the museum itself, is being held to promote public awareness of the museum.
“We’ve been talking about it for a couple of years now,” Museum Director Rozelle Bramlett said. “We’re trying to bring people into the museum. There are a lot of people here who don’t know we’ve got a museum.”
As for why they decided to do so with an antiques, collectibles, and appraisal fair, Bramlett said it was because antiques and museums go together.
“The museum is considered a place where you have antiques,” Bramlett said. “We just thought it would be a good connection to the museum.”
Bramlett said the fair will be divided into two parts with the first part, which will be held on Main Street in front of the museum, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and give residents and visitors the opportunity to purchase antiques and other items.
“At eight thirty in the morning we’re going to have tables up and the street blocked off,” Bramlett said. “We will have vendors, collectors and dealers who will be here to sell their stuff. It’s going to be everything from antiques to re-purposed antiques, and collectibles.”
Bramlett’s said that each table is $20 and that vendors, collectors, and dealers wanting to participate must be set up by 8 a.m. The second phase of the fair will be held that afternoon in the museum itself beginning at 1 p.m. and will be an opportunity for residents to have their antiques appraised.
“Starting at one o’clock we’ll have appraisers in the museum to look at your treasures,” Bramlett said.
Bramlett said appraisals will cost $5 per item appraised.
In addition to purchasing an antique and/or having one appraised, Bramlett said those attending can also eat during the fair as the DOES will be selling hot dogs.
Bramlett stressed that this will be an appraisal fair, not a yard sale, and so only antiques, antique collectibles, and re-purposed antiques should be brought to be sold.
As for what can be appraised, Bramlett said those can include military items, badges, medals, jewelry, glassware, models, coins, paper currency, NASCAR collectibles, pottery, furniture, bottles, records, comic books, and Indian artifacts.
“Everybody is invited to come out and help support the museum,” Bramlett said. “All the proceeds will go to the museum.”
Antiques On Main will be held Saturday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Union County Museum.
Persons who want to reserve a table for the morning sale portion of the fair may do so by picking up a space rental form at the museum or they can preregister by calling Carol at 864-429-5081 or James at 864-494-6663.
The Union County Museum is located at 127 West Main Street, Union, and is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 1-4 p.m. For more information about the museum, its exhibits, and the services it provides call 864-429-5081.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.