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History center offers collectors a chance to dust of their goods

Auction, restoration will benefit center programs

POSTED: April 13, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Several antique pieces of furniture and decor, such as this picture frame, will be up for auction during the "reVive your Classics" event at the Northeast Georgia History Center next weekend.

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Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into your own antiques or you’re interested in finding a new heirloom piece for your family, "reViving Your Classics" has you covered.

The annual event at the Northeast Georgia History Center will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21, with a preview party from 6-8 p.m. April 20.

From 7-8 p.m. during the preview party, there will be a live auction facilitated by auctioneer Gary Russell.

"We’ve got a variety of things to auction off," said LaMerle Loveland, who is sharing chairwoman duties with Janie Owen.

"There will be themed gift baskets for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, graduations and gardening. We’ll have gift certificates, antique furniture and many other things."

The auction will also include jewelry — some antique, some new — and even a one-hour in-home appraisal by Richard Williams, Loveland said. There also will be a few vintage ice cream chairs and "a lot of pictures."

Those works of art include something for everyone — from etchings in copper, to a series of photographs featuring outhouses and limited edition prints. Although some pieces will be included in the live auction, other pieces will be "priced to sell."

Admission for the preview event is $25 per person. That price includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, a ticket for a free appraisal and a return ticket for Saturday. If you skip the preview party, admission April 21 is $5 per person.

Preview party attendees will also get first dibs on interacting with the various restoration specialists and vendors. On hand will be a book restorer, porcelain and ceramics restorations, clock specialists and even a chair caning and jewelry refurbishing duo.

While selecting vendors, event organizers say they sought out those hard-to-find restoration specialists.

"For the first time, we’ll also have a lamp restorer and someone who restores old photos," Loveland said.

In addition to browsing what some vendors have for sale, reViving attendees will be able to get on-the-spot estimates of how much it would cost to repair their antiques.

Since most of the restorers are from Hall County and surrounding communities, the turnaround time for repairs — should you decide to leave your items — are fairly quick, Loveland says.

Everyone will also have the opportunity to purchase "Treasure or Trifle" grab bags.

"You don’t know what you’re going to get," Loveland said.

"You might get a treasure and a trifle."

Or depending on your outlook, the inexpensive bags — less than $10 a piece — could contain nothing but treats since one person’s trifle could be another’s treasure.

All of the proceeds from "reViving Your Classics" are poured back into the history center.

Funds raised will help support future exhibits, educational programs and other activities.



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