If you know someone who has an overcrowded china cabinet or you have collected too many teacups and saucers over the years, this new event might be just what you are looking for.

Tea and Timeless Treasures is a new event which will take place in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Taking place at local church halls, people will be able to rent tables and sell china, glassware, figurines, collectables, teacups and saucers, serving dishes, cutlery, old jewellery and more, says organizer Louise Sproule, who is publisher of The Review.

She says the idea came to her as a result of her additional career in real estate.

“I have met so many people who have beautiful things they have collected over the years, but now, as these folks face the task of downsizing, they ask: ‘What can I do with all of this?’ ” explained Sproule. “I realized that while they are not ready to give away their treasures, they would like nothing better than to sell items to someone who really wants them,” Sproule continued.

And so: creating a kind of quality vintage sale seemed like an opportunity for people from across the region to come together with beautiful things that could be snapped up by others who love these items.

“Sometimes, we need to let go of things but often, there is someone who will treasure our items with new enthusiasm,” said Sproule.

This first year is kind of a risky thing, she admitted, but as of mid-September, spaces were filling up. St. John’s Anglican Church Hall is fully booked and now spaces are being booked at the hall at Knox Presbyterian Church, she noted.

Church organizations are also rolling out the red carpet for this shopping day. As people shop for treasures, St. John’s Anglican Church and Knox Presbyterian Church will offer tea and treats, and have bake sales at their church halls.

Admission to Tea & Timeless Treasures is free but there is a small fee to partake in tea and treats, Sproule added.

If you have items you would like to sell, you are asked to make sure items are sparkling clean. Those who are worried that they do not have enough to sell can share a space. A space to sell costs $25 and friends are welcome to share tables.

“We’re inviting people to spend the day in town, shopping for unique items to take home with them and sort of taking a stroll through the past. I love antique shops and thought that maybe this is a way to create an antique shop spread out over several locations for one day,” she commented.

For information or to book a space (tables are supplied), email: [email protected]