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Behind the Scenes at Canton Museum’s Tag Sale

Preparation is Underway for Saturday’s Event

The mother of all tag sales opens on Saturday, May 21 at the Canton Historical Museum. People from all over the region have the event on their calendars due to the unique quality, as well as the sheer quantity of merchandise for sale.

Items from the Museum’s own collection will be placed for sale: from metal Collins Company signs and tools; to personal artifacts such as an antique, leather Collinsville physician’s tote bag, still full of vintage medical equipment; to a charming antique, wooden high chair that converts into a stroller and many other items highly prized for their historic value.

There are also dozens of framed and signed paintings, prints and mirrors; hand embroidered linens, porcelain items and chamber pots.

There are items that have never been used, such as a retro-chic radio/CD/record player. And, such high-end pieces as an SAE stereo component system.

One of the more unique pieces is a wooden newel post, salvaged after a fire at Amherst College. Another is an ice saw, from a period when ice was the 2nd largest export from New England to the world. Then, there’s the five gallon Red Wing jug dating back to the turn of the last century. Research indicates that pricing for jugs of this quality, ranges anywhere from $250 to $1,100. The Museum will price theirs at around $100.    

“We get all types of people at the sale,” says Museum volunteer Sharon Capezza. “From the locals who want some Collinsville history in their home, to antique dealers who come back every year. There’s something for everyone.”

Here’s the Deal

Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front Street, Collinsville; 860-693-2793: www.cantonmuseum.org.

Tag Sale: Saturday, May 21. Doors open at 10 a.m. General Admission is $1.00.    Early bird admission at 9 a.m. with a $10 donation.   

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