Mobile appraisal lab visit to benefit center

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MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Community Center will host a visit by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ mobile appraisal coach to the town beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 27.

The event, called the “Roving Antique Appraiser,” will feature instant, onsite appraisals by Thomaston Place President Kaja Veilleux and John Bottero for antique or collectible items brought to the appraisal coach. The will be a suggested donation of $5 for one and $20 for five items appraised, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Mt. Vernon Community Center.

Wanda Morse of the center said, “I am very excited that this internationally known auction and appraisal company is coming to our town and donating their services to help us raise needed funds. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to find out what their family heirlooms and household treasures are worth, while supporting their town’s community center the same time. I hope many folks will stop by to participate in this fun and worthwhile event.”

The mobile laboratory is the first of its kind, a 36-foot-long motor coach equipped with appraisal tools and reference materials. Veilleux said, “We have been doing free appraisals every week at our Thomaston Gallery for over 20 years. Now, we are very excited to be able to take this service on the road and support the worthwhile efforts of the Mt. Vernon Community Center.”

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 the appraiser on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Mt. Vernon Community Center is located in a former church in the center of Mt. Vernon village. The center hosts fairs, music events and potluck suppers as well as a Saturday morning cafe. The center is also rented for birthday parties and family reunions. For more information, contact Mitzi Robinson at 293-4578.

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