Antiques provide charity through history

By Michelle Costanza

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Southern New York's largest antique show kicked off Friday night at the Binghamton Events Center, displaying countless items that date back hundreds of years.

The Binghamton Sertoma Club, formed from the phrase "service to mankind," is in its 32nd year of bringing treasured items to Greater Binghamton.

92 vendors offer a wide variety of items, some just a few years old and others dating back hundreds.

"This English silver teapot is almost 350 years old," explained John Sowizral, owner of VBS in Endicott.

From precious jewelery to vintage clothing and hand-painted china, exhibitors said that they acquire many of their pieces through auctions, and occasionally a lucky find.

While some perused the show for something that may catch their eye, others knew exactly what they were looking for.

"We have people who are looking for a specific toy. Some are one of a kind. Very, very unique," said John Sterling, motioning to the wall of civil-war aged toy trucks and planes behind him.

The antique show will continue through the weekend, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $7 and a free appraisal clinic will be held Sunday starting at noon.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to charitable initiatives, namely Camp Sertoma, a summer camp for local children.

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