SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Historical Society has amassed a considerable collection of antiques and a variety of items for their annual Fall Tag Sale Sept. 15.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside and outside the Historical Society Museum at 239 Main St. The Southington Genealogical Society will also have a booth at the tag sale.
Proceeds will help to support three $500 scholarships, which the society awards to local students interested in studying history. Proceeds will also be used for the maintenance of the historic South End and West Street schoolhouses.
Lisa Jansson, historical society president, along with her husband and another historical society member, were unloading a pickup truck full of donations that they picked up Friday and bringing them down to the building’s packed basement. There, every corner and table bore piles of treasures.
Items included chairs from the 1840s, a baby carriage from the 1890s, old bottles and kitchenware, lanterns, globes, dolls, rocking chairs, wooden sleds, lamps, figurines, outdoor Christmas and Halloween decorations, a stereo system, a boom box from the 1980s. And that was just at a cursory glance.
“This is a lot more than we’ve had before; we’re almost overloaded,” said Jansson. “We have a bit of everything.”
People can drop off donations on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. leading up to the tag sale. The Southington Historical Society can also arrange for pick-ups. Toys, clothing and damaged items can’t be accepted.
This is the second year that the tag sale is being held at the museum itself. It was previously held at one of the two schoolhouses. The tag sale has been held since the 1980s and Jansson said that last year’s event was “very successful” and drew hundreds of people.
Students in the local school system sometimes come to the historic schoolhouses, which benefit from the tag sale, for field trips. Historical society members Kathy Conway and Phil Wooding educate them about how students learned in the past.
The West Street Schoolhouse, open from 1760 to 1945, is one of the oldest in the country. The South End Schoolhouse was built in 1863.
Those who wish to have items picked up can call Carl at 203-592-8237.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.