Seniors clean up at NSSC Spring Sale
Gwen Trindl of Winnetka and Barbara Schmitz of Wilmette. | Lee Litas~For Sun-Times Media
North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; (847) 784-6000 or nssc.org
Updated: May 13, 2012 8:13AM
The Event: There was money to be made at the North Shore Senior Center’s second annual Spring Sale March 29 and 30 in Northfield. The two-day event featured a wide array of leftover items from NSSC’s booth at the Winnetka Antiques and Modernism Show and attracted more than 450 savvy bargain hunters.
Additionally, attendees wishing to find out the value of family heirlooms were able to take advantage of a complimentary appraisal by a pro from the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow.”
Cause Célèbre: Barbara Schmitz found a pressed glass vase modeled on lalique for $7 dollars and walked her new purchase right over to independent appraiser Gary Piattoni, who surprised her with an appraisal of $50.
And Jean Burow came out specifically to get an idea of just how much the fish platter that had been in her family for years was worth. Asked if the platter appraised for more than she thought it would, Burow’s quick reply was: “Much more than I paid for it, that’s for sure!”
Great finds aside, North Shore Senior Center Associate Director Rose Carroll noted that the sale serves a function far beyond the monetary.
“It just provides wonderful service on all different levels,” she said. “It allows people to donate items, get a tax deduction and feel good that the money is coming to the center. It has volunteers that actively help support the center [and] gets the word out to so many people who still don’t know about us.”
NSSC provides services for seniors aimed at enhancing their independence and well-being. A private organization, NSSC does not have any boundaries and members come from as far as Lake Bluff, Morton Grove and Evanston.
Bottom Line: The sale raised $10,500, which directly benefits NSSC programming.