By Joe Kirchmyer
Three local organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from a first-time event to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo.
One hundred percent of admission collected at the door for the Collectors’ Expo will be donated to Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, South Buffalo Alive and the Buffalo Irish Center. Additionally, all money raised through antique appraisals during the event will also be donated to the three South Buffalo organizations. Admission will be $2 per person while antique appraisals will cost $2 each (maximum three items per person).
The Collectors’ Expo will feature more than 30 vendors and 50-plus tables of artwork, antiques, memorabilia and collectibles. Items showcased with include sports memorabilia, fossils and minerals, local artwork, handcrafted products, coins, music memorabilia and records, comic books, photography, political memorabilia, movie and theatre memorabilia, car and train memorabilia, jewelry, antiques and more!
Other highlights will include an Andre Reed autograph signing from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; antique appraisals by Bill Hartung from 10 a.m. to noon; book-signings with authors Dave Bauer (all day), Michael Farrell 11 a.m. to noon and Jeff Schober 2 to 3 p.m.; a meet-and-greet with “Elsa” for the little ones from 11 a.m. to noon; and a free pack of “vintage” baseball, football or hockey cards for all attendees while supplies last.
Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, is a nonprofit neighborhood bookstore and educational arts center offering a wide variety of literacy-related programs for all ages. For more information, please visit http://dogearsbookstore.org.
South Buffalo Alive is a nonprofit organization that has performed numerous beautification projects throughout South Buffalo neighborhoods. The organization also sponsors the annual Parade of Circles, Garden Tour in South Buffalo and the Old First Ward, and Christmas in the Park. Please visit www.facebook.com/South-Buffalo-Alive-174141769403626 for frequent updates.
The Buffalo Irish Center is the cultural home of the Irish-American community of Buffalo and Western New York. Founded in 1970 by St. Patrick’s GAA and the Knights of Equity, the Center today serves more than a dozen Irish organizations and their members. For additional details, please visit www.buffaloirishcenter.com.
For more information on the Collectors’ Expo, please visit www.facebook.com/Collectors-Expo-162985497593654.