BY LISA WARREN
The ninth annual Greeneville Antique Appraisal Fair and Show drew a large turnout to Greeneville High School on Friday evening and Saturday.
The event, hosted by the Greene County Partnership and the Greeneville City Schools, featured six experienced and certified antique appraisers from across the state as well as more than 45 vendors selling antiques.
Around noon on Saturday, a large crowd was gathered inside the GHS cafeteria, where the antique sale was being held.
In addition, there were several individuals in the school gymnasium, where appraisers were inspecting a wide variety of items that had been brought to the event for appraisal.
Tammy Kinser, tourism director for the Greene County Partnership, said this year's appraisal fair was a success, with more than 3,000 in estimated attendance and about 425 appraisals taking place.
"Guests from all across the Southeast came pouring in the doors at 9 a.m. on Saturday to shop the more than 40 antique dealer booths," Kinser said.
"I feel that this year, folks were focused on shopping and taking home those unique treasures," she said.
"Our appraisals were down a bit from last year, but the crowds that were doing business with our local and regional antique stores seemed to have increased," she added.
Sharon and Gary Sexton, of Greeneville, were among the many individuals who brought items to be appraised on Saturday.
The Sextons were there with their grandson, Jayquan, and a pre-Civil War-era spinning wheel.
The piece was dated by the appraisers to between 1850 and 1860 and appraised at around $125, Sharon Sexton said.
"I got it at a yard sale," she added.
The Appraisal Fair also featured booths with representatives of several historical attractions and museums, including The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and the Museums of Tusculum College.
New this year was a quilt show that featured more than 25 locally- and regionally-made quilts.
A preview show was held Friday evening, featuring music by Sammy and Tyler Warren.
"They did an amazing job!" Kinser said of the Warren cousins, who performed a variety of tunes at the event.
Kinser thanked the Greeneville City Schools, title sponsor for this year's antique fair, along with the other sponsors: WCYB-TV 5, CenturyLink, Consumer Credit Union, Corley's Pharmacy, Dixie Home Crafters, K-VA-T Food Stores, MECO, Premium Waters, Print Distribution Services, REXEL, Rodefer Moss & Company, Sam's Club No. 8222 and Takoma Regional Hospital
"I want to thank Dr. Linda Stroud and Principal Patrick Fraley [of Greeneville City Schools] for their support of this event," Kinser said. "The venue lends itself so well to the event, and janitorial staff does such an amazing job.
"When we arrived on Friday to begin set up, they had already cleared snow from the sidewalks and had everything in order for us to begin," she added.
Kinser also thanked area businesses that donated food for the event: Zaxby's, Fatz Café, Bojangles, Gondelier, Applebee's, Creamy Cup, Pizza Inn, Peggy Ann's Bakery, Casa Guerrero and the three local Food City stores.
Brumley's provided lunch to the appraisers, she added.
"I would also like to thank the event's committee -- Sharon O'Neal, Steve Shore, Josh Swatzell, Rose Webb and Bill Brown -- as well as Steve, Blake and Brandon Kinser, all the volunteers, Green Coat Ambassadors, GCP Youth Council and others for their hard work," Kinser added.
"To make this event a success, it takes a great team, and I feel that we have that in the partnership of our committee, the staff at GHS and the Greeneville City Schools," she said.
Next year's antique fair will be the event's 10th anniversary, Kinser said.
The dates have already be set for Feb. 20-21.
The appraisers for this year's event included:
* Jeff Cupp, an appraiser from Knoxville, who specializes in Americana, East Tennessee furniture, pottery and folk art, Rose Medallion, Canton and Chinese export, silver: American, English and Continental; art: oils, pastels and graphics, Staffordshire: historical and figural, Oriental rugs/carpets and antique clocks;
* John D. Case, the owner of "Case Antiques," with more than 18 years of experience researching and evaluating American antiques and art and with a specialization in Southern Decorative Arts;
* Joey and Lisa Groseclose, who specialize in military items (all wars), estate jewelry, costume jewelry, Native American items and art glass (all general antiques);
* Joe Rosson and Rick Crane who specialize in autographs, silver, dolls, paper documents, porcelain, country pottery and general items, and
* Kenneth Depew, who specializes in toys, advertising and sports memorabilia.