Bethel library to host antique appraisal fair


BETHEL — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Mobile Appraisal Coach will roll into Bethel on Friday, Oct. 17, for an antiques appraisal fundraiser event hosted by the Bethel Library.

Local participants will receive instant, onsite valuations by appraisers Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero for antique or collectible items brought to the coach, which will be parked at the library’s 5 Broad Street location from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be a suggested donation of $10 an item, or $25 for three items, and 100 percent of the proceeds will support the library.

Librarian Michelle Conroy said, “We are thrilled that Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ appraisal team is coming to Bethel to help us raise needed funds. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to find out what their family heirlooms and household treasures are worth, while supporting their local library at the same time.”

Participants are encouraged to bring any items that they want to have appraised. If items are too large to be transported to the coach, detailed photographs can be used to determine their approximate value. There are no appointments, and each person will have a chance to meet with an appraiser on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event will help the library raise funds to continue to expand its collection and services in the community. The library offers not only books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs, but also public access to computers, 24-hour wi-fi, and downloadable e-books.