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Antique Faire at Fairgrounds tomorrow, hundreds expected to attend.

PBS’ Antiques Roadshow isn’t making a stop in Bremerton, but a similar, non-televised event will draw hundreds to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds tomorrow.

The eighth annual Antique Faire is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow inside the President’s Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton. The event is hosted by the Kitsap County Historical Society and the Puget Sound Genealogical Society.

Anita Williams, with the Kitsap County Historical Society, said the event typically draws hundreds of people each year.

“In our appraisal fairs in the past, we’ve had 300, 400, 500 people in there at a time,” she said. “It’s gotten pretty crowded.”

Ten appraisers, each with their own specialities, will be on hand to verbally appraise items people bring to the Antique Faire.

“It’s important to emphasize that these are oral appraisals only,” Williams said.

She said it is the only appraisal fair she knows of in Kitsap County and they have seen all sorts of items during past events including rare gold pocket watches, World War II Japanese propaganda posters, dolls, jewelry and even a cannonball.

“It’s really wonderful. The appraisers have a great time,” Williams said. “They volunteer their time and they’re wonderful.”

Williams recalled a couple high-valued items from years past. She remembered seeing an English sewing box with sterling silver and mother of pearl accents appraised at $3,000. She said appraisers once valued a painting at $30,000.

“It’s a fun event where you can learn the value of your items,” she said. “We like to see everybody hopefully leave happy and with smiles on their faces.”

New to this year’s Antique Faire are vendors and seminars.

“What we’ve done in the past is always an appraisal fair, but this year we’ve added vendors,” Williams said. “The seminars are new this year as well.”

Williams said 16 high-level antiques and collectibles vendors from Kitsap County, Sequim, Port Gamble and Seattle will bring their goods to sell at tomorrow’s Antique Faire. Antiques and collectibles for purchase include glassware and early American jewelry.

“So we have a really wide selection,” Williams said.

Four seminars will be presented throughout the day including Antique Quilts: “Hugs from the Past” by Delaine Gately; Preserving your Historic and Family Photographs by Nicolette Bromberg; Antiques and Epicure by Natalie Bryson; and Seven Steps to Preservation of your Treasures by Jane Roth Williams.

General admission costs $5 per person and includes the trade show and seminars. The appraisal fee is $5 per item and there is a limit of five items per person.

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