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Collectibles show helps the unfortunate

By Lethbridge Herald on October 24, 2023.

Herald Photo by Justin Seward Tracy Megella looks at a pile of jewelry during the Rangeland Collectors Club's Antique and Collectibles Sale at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club on Saturday.

Justin Seward

The new organizer of  the annual Rangeland Collectors Club’s Antique & Collectibles  Show and sale wanted to bring more of a community focus to this year’s event at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club on the weekend.

Wood’s Homes and the Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree Christmas campaign were being supported at the event.

“That’s what we’re trying to do is just to raise a little money for the unfortunate if we can,” said Stan Cohen, event organizer.

Cohen said Wood’s Homes is a good community supporter.

“They support all these kids that have problems and they support them right up to 25 years old. Some people…get all kinds of different services, which is one of the best things that can happen in this community,” said Cohen.

Cohen said the Angel Tree is going to give gifts to kids whose parents can’t afford to buy gifts.

“We’re the first one this year,” said Cohen.

“We actually asked to have it here and we’re basically the first one because they usually start at the beginning of November.”

The choices of organizations came down to Cohen’s daughter being involved with Wood’s Homes and it was talked about how money could be raised.

“Every year, our group, the Rangeland Antique Club, we usually donate a $500 to the Angel Tree every single year to help that and then we donate another $500 to another organization. We’re basically a non-profit group, we’re not here to make a lot of money. 

‘We’re just here to sell a few antiques, have a little bit of  fun and our surplus money, we don’t like to have a lot of money in our club account, so we give it away each year.”

Anything from the past, Star Wars and old washboards to guitars and jewelry could be found at the show.

Cohen said you just never know what you’re going to find.

“Stuff that you’ve never seen before or don’t even know what it is,” he said.

“There’s so many different tools and so many different instruments. There’s an instrument over on one booth here, it’s a violin with eight strings. I’ve never even heard of it.”

He had a pair of vases from 1734 that were found in Lethbridge.

There were 30 vendors at the event.

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