SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Historical Society is collecting donations for its annual Fall Tag Sale, which will be held Sept. 15 and helps to support scholarships and historic schoolhouses in town.
The tag sale has been held annually since the 1980s Southington Historical Society President Lisa Jansson said.
This year, it will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum at 239 Main St. Proceeds will help to support three $500 scholarships, which the society awards to local students interested in studying history.
Proceeds will also be used for in the maintenance of the South End and West Street Schoolhouses.
“Historical Society members Kathy Conway and Phil Wooding have been working with the school system to bring students to these schoolhouses on field trips,” Jansson said. “We are also working on having an open house at them. We recently learned from an architect that the West Street Schoolhouse, which was open from around 1760 until 1945, is one of the oldest still standing in America. The South End Schoolhouse was built in 1863.”
As for the tag sale itself, Jansson said that a variety of items will be available, old and new, and “everything from spinning wheels to Christmas decorations.”
People cleaning out their closets, attics and garages this summer are asked to consider donating household items, jewelry, antiques and vintage items, home décor, tools, linens, holiday decorations, gardening tools and small furniture.
Toys, clothing and damaged items cannot be accepted.
Jansson said that last year was the first year that the tag sale moved to the Southington Historical Society Museum.
It was previously held at one of the schoolhouses.
As a result of this move, the event was very successful and drew hundreds of people.
“You never know what you’ll find; there’s always chance you’ll discover a hidden treasure,” Jansson said.
This year, the Southington Genealogical Society will also have a booth at the tag sale. They can help people to discover their ancestry.
Those who wish to drop off items can do so during open hours at the Historical Society, Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Those who wish to have items picked up can also call Carl at 203-592-8237 or email .
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .