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Antique show benefits newborns

August 07, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Business was a little slow on Friday, the first day of the two-day Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary Antique Show and Sale, but Elizabeth Kather of Waynesboro managed to barter her way into a piece of estate jewelry that she's had her eye on for a year.

Kather said she saw the ring last year in the same dealer's booth in the center at Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church. The ring is made of 14-carat white gold filigree, has a bloodstone as its main stone and a small cut diamond in its center.

It was priced at $300, beyond Kather's budget, she said.

This year, she returned with some of her own antique jewelry - a jade pin and earrings - to trade for the ring.

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The dealer thought highly enough of their value to swap them for the ring, Kather said.

Twenty-one dealers set up booths in the Otterbein center for the two-day show. Nearly all are longtime participants who return every year, said Helen Shelley, president of the Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary.

The auxiliary screens the dealers to guarantee a top-notch show, Shelley said.

Saturday is the show's busiest day, Shelley said. It's also the day when people bring in their antiques and collectibles. For $3, an experienced appraiser will value the piece, sort of like a miniversion of "Antiques Road Show," Shelley said.

This marks the 25th year for the annual fund-raiser. It usually nets about $6,500, she said.

The money goes to the auxiliary's Pediatrix program for newborns.

Shelley said the state only requires that infants be screened for five diseases. Insurance companies won't pick up the cost of additional tests, so the auxiliary has stepped in by paying for an additional 26 tests on newborns as long as their parents give their permission, she said.

It costs the auxiliary $24.50 for each newborn tested, Shelley said.

William Gray, owner of Gray's Antiques of Wheaton, Md., sells glassware, jewelry, china and books. He's been participating since the beginning, he said.

"I started coming here when the show was held in a school," he said.

Gray said the auxiliary's is "a small show. I move a little stuff here. I don't do well, but I cover my expenses. I like to help the ladies."

"It's a nice friendly show. Most dealers come back every year," he said.

The show continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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