A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit the church, which is in need of a pair of front doors.

(NORTHFIELD, Conn.) – A first-of-its-kind Buying Seminar will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Northfield Congregational Church by Tim’s, Inc., the Bristol, Conn.-based auction firm. The event will generate much-needed money for renovations to the church, while giving local residents a chance to have items appraised or purchased. The seminar will start at 5 p.m., with a $5 donation to the church as admission. Light refreshments will be served.

“I don’t think a seminar like this has ever been held anywhere,” said Tim Chapulis of Tim’s, Inc. “You hear about hotel hustlers who come to town, often from out of state, and set up shop for a long weekend, where people go and get taken advantage of. This is something much different. Ours is a longstanding local business and we’ll be networking with respectable community people to benefit them and a place of worship.”

All area residents are encouraged to bring coins, jewelry, watches, clocks, gold, silver, antiques, family heirlooms and collectibles to the seminar. There, Mr. Chapulis or another expert will offer either a verbal appraisal or a cash offer, or both. An Oriental rugs and Indian blankets authority will also be on hand. For larger items, like furniture, people are encouraged to bring recent photos and descriptions.

“I don’t think it’s any secret we’re in a down economy,” Mr. Chapulis observed. “People sitting on items of value might want to convert them to quick cash. We’ve been in business for 31 years and have always been community oriented and willing to give back to the people who live here and have supported us. This buying seminar is a perfect way to do just that. I’m expecting a healthy turnout.”

In addition to the $5 donation to the church for admission, Tim’s, Inc. will donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds to the church, which needs new front doors and various repairs. Mr. Chapulis said he is also working with several other congregations in the area, who may want to stage a similar seminar if this one is a success. Women’s and men’s clubs, and fire departments, have also expressed similar interest.

“We’ll be happy to sit down and talk to any not-for-profit organization, church or community group to help them raise money this way,” Mr. Chapulis said. “Stressful times call for creative measures and we think this is a novel approach to dealing with the recession that benefits the people, the organization and the community. We’re just proud to do our part to make folks’ lives better.”

Northfield Congregational Church is located at 10 Camp Hill Road in Northfield, a town in west central Connecticut that is actually part of Litchfield, just off Route 8 and Route 254, about midway between Torrington and Waterbury. It is west of Hartford and north of Bridgeport. For more information about the Sept. 30 Buying Seminar, you may call Tim’s, Inc. at (860) 459-0964, or log on to the Tim’s, Inc. website, at

Tim’s, Inc. is celebrating over 30 years in business (1979-2010). The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964, or e-mail him at [email protected]

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