Vintage items added to the Sayre museum Antique Day

SAYRE - A number of vintage items have been added to the first Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, May 18 at the Sayre Historical Society.

CAPTION: A painting of the Robert Packer Hospital's 1916 Cadillac ambulance depicted by Frank Evans of Sayre will be among the items on display at the first Antique Day on Saturday, May 18 at the Sayre Historical Society.

The event will feature a display of antique items from the collection of the Sayre Historical Society along with the opportunity to have Barbara Kotasek of the Emporium in Owego offer an unofficial appraisal on antiques brought in by local people.

Board members and volunteers from the Sayre Historical Society will also be on hand to offer historical information including local historian James Nobles, Henry Farley, president of the Bradford County Historical Society, and Rick Antonetti of Sayre, music enthusiast and collector of records from the past.

Admission to the event, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., is free. Persons interested in having an item reviewed for an unofficial appraisal will be charged $3 if they are members of the Sayre Historical Society and $5 for non-members. New members who register for membership on May 18 will receive one appraisal.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. on the day of the event and items will be reviewed first come, first served based on registration.

Kotasek brings a wealth of antiquarian knowledge to the event.

"I've done a lot with antiques over the years," said Kotasek, who helped organize the Owego Antiques and Collectible Market at the Emporium. "I've had my hands in a lot of it. I've worked with an auctioneer and I had a shop of my own at one time so I have a lot of experience."

Kotasek said she plans to bring books on antiques to the event for interested people to look at while they are waiting for their appraisal.

The Owego Elks Emporium Market, located on the corner of Church and Front Streets in downtown Owego, is a multi-vendor antique market open on the first and third Sundays of each month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They feature antiques, "uniques" and collectibles in over 10,000 square feet of space with over 50 dealers.

Appraisal information provided at this event is for information purposes only and should not be considered an official appraisal. The Sayre Historical Society is not responsible for appraisal information. No firearms will be allowed for display or evaluation.

Items being readied for display at the event are an antique wicker baby carriage made in the 1920's by the Hedstrom-Union Co., a G-scale Lehigh Valley Railroad model diesel locomotive, an Elgin pocket watch from the collection of the late Sid Glaser of Sayre, and an ice cream container from the former Hicks and Collins store on Desmond Street.

The Sayre Historical Society is a membership-supported historic preservation organization staffed by volunteers. The museum building is handicap-accessible. The historical society receives funding from the Bradford County United Way and the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency.

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