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The antique pride of Poulsbo

POULSBO — The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club will be raising funds for its pride this Labor Day weekend, offering a feast of cherished antiques to prowling collectors and the interested public Saturday and Sunday at the Poulsbo Armory.

Treasure hunters are welcomed to explore the wares of 21 high quality antique dealers for an admission price of $4. Proceeds from the event, which is held twice a year on Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends, go toward a variety of Lions’ causes, including providing hearing aids, eye glasses and scholarships.

“It’s one of our big projects for the Lions,” said event organizer Chuck Weaver. “We try and cater a little bit to every taste. The stuff that is there is just really, really good stuff.”

Nurse Nancy, known throughout the Northwest for her repair and refurbishment of dolls, will return with her doll collection that includes pieces worth up to $25,000. She’ll join the barrage of other vendors, all of whom the Lions have made sure are of the highest caliber, Weaver said.

“It’s a chance for folks to get out,” he said. “It’s just a great community project.”

Past years have seen 800 or more visitors pass through the doors, and this year Weaver said he is hoping for 600 patrons each day. Collectors come from all over the region for the event, he said.

Fellow Lions member and city councilman Mike Regis said the event provides a unique opportunity for the North Kitsap community to view high end collectibles in their own area.

“It brings in what they call a ‘high niche’ antique vendor,” he said. “This brings in a whole bunch of these people that have some really nice lineups. If you’re a dedicated collector, you can really find some nice items.”

Regis said even for those who aren’t serious collectors, the event still provides a great opportunity to benefit the area.

“The money we make off the admission tickets we plow back into the community in terms of assistance to nonprofit groups and individuals,” he said. “So we encourage participation.”

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