TAHLEQUAH — An “Antique Appraisal Faire” Sat., Mar. 28, in Tahlequah, will give area residents a chance to bring antique items for appraisal and benefit CASA of Cherokee Country at the same time.

The Appraisal Faire will be from 8 am – 4 pm at the Cherokee County Community Building, 300 W. 1st St, in Tahlequah.  CASA of Cherokee Country recruits, screens and trains community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children Cherokee County District Court, Adair County District Court, and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court.

The event is open to all interested for a $5 admission fee. An additional $10 fee will be charged for each item to be appraised. Talking Leaves Job Corps will provide a lunch of stew, cornbread, and beverage for $5.A team of local and area experts will be on hand to evaluate items presented and provide appraisals. Areas of expertise include Native American art, costume jewelry, coins, furniture, music memorabilia, books, pop culture, vintage clothing, vintage tack, quilts and needlework, china/pottery/glassware and baskets and beadwork.Participants with items for appraisal will be asked to complete a registration form which includes a brief description of the item and as much history about it as possible. Participants can complete the forms at the door or get them in advance from the CASA office.

“This is a new fund raiser for CASA,” said Jo Prout, executive director of CASA of Cherokee Country. “It’s certainly not ‘Antiques Roadshow’ but it’s very similar and promises to be both informative and lots of fun for those who participate. We hope it will be well received by the people of northeastern Oklahoma and even folks in northwest Arkansas.”

Experts for the CASA Appraisal Faire are not certified appraisers; however, they are considered experts in their fields and can provide a good estimate of an item’s worth, according to Renée Hill, CASA board president.  “If you’ve ever wondered if the tea set Aunt Helen left you is worth anything, or those old coins you found last week have any value,” Hill said, “then now’s the time to come find out.”

For more information and to get item registration forms, contact CASA of Cherokee Country at 918-456-8788, 866-400-8788 (toll free), 304 W. Keetoowah St. in Tahlequah.