That old piece of junk in your attic just might be worth a fortune

That old piece of junk in your attic just might be worth a fortune
That old piece of junk in your attic just might be worth a fortune

The Greenwood Centre for Living History holds its annual Treasures in the Attic event, Sept. 16.

Published on: September 12, 2017 | Last Updated: September 12, 2017 7:30 AM EDT

In 2016, Victor Isganaitis looks at a vase presented by Sheila Bicknell, right, and Joanna Bicknell at the Treasures in the Attic event hosted by the Greenwood Centre of Living History in Hudson. Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE

It’s time to go digging through the garage, attic, backyard shed and under the bed for objects that may not be shiny and new, but could be worth a penny or two. 

The Greenwood Centre for Living History is hosting its annual Treasures in the Attic event in Hudson, Saturday, Sept. 16.  

The event is set up in similar to the popular American television series Antiques Roadshow. 

The television series celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Over the last two decades some very valuable possessions have landed on appraisers’ desks as the camera rolled, including a stack of baseball cards depicting the original Boston Red Stockings team, coupled with a letter from that original lineup. The collection was appraised at $1 million.

In Hudson, paintings and antiques of all sorts including furniture, jewelry and coin collections are appraised by an expert for a small fee.

A gold buyer will be on site for the day, ample apple pies are for sale and a shop of vintage items donated to the Greenwood centre will be open for business as will a tea room serving scones, pie and beverages.

Proceeds from the day go towards the maintenance of the centre’s almost 300-year-old house and the property. Phoebe Nobbs Hyde bequeathed the property with specific instructions that it be preserved and made accessible to the public and that it be used for events that reflect the heritage of the region. One of the most important events organized by the centre is StoryFest, which gathers authors from near and far for readings and talks, in October.

Treasures in the Attic is at St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Rd., Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appraisals cost $5 per item. To book an appointment in advance — a good way to avoid lineups — call 450-458-5396. 

For more information, visit www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org.

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