Nick Dubay, ROTA Gallery Board member and singer for band "Return of the Fly," poses at the first ROTCON with Captain America replica shield.
The time has come to venture into the basement and dust off those unwanted VHS tapes, old books and odds and ends and trade them for treasures.
The ROTA Gallery, located at 50 Margaret Street in Plattsburgh, will be giving collectors of interesting things a chance to nerd out at ROTA*CON, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Gallery owner Matt Hall said the trade-and-swap event is an opportunity to showcase peoples interesting treasures of pop culture icons, including movies, comics, fantasy fiction escapism, do-it-yourself creative works, collectible items, books and all sorts of odds and ends.
“You can pass people all the time on the street and not realize you have a common interest,” Hall said. “The ROTA*CON is a catalyst for more direct communication for people with similar interests.”
During the event the gallery will be adorned with pop-culture-inspired artwork and visitors can participate in a video game tournament, which will begin at 4 p.m.
The PlayStation 3 and Super Nintendo consoles will be set up all day for those who can’t wait for the tournament.
The Great Chernesky, a “tramp musician” from Auburn who is known for his spontaneous and lively folk music performances, will perform around 7 p.m., after ROTA*CON.
The all-day event promises to be an all age and family fun event.
“There are other Comic Con type events that can be graphic but our event is open to all ages,” Hall said.
This will be the fourth ROTA*CON put together by ROTA Gallery, a cooperatively owned not-for-profit cultural center operated for and by the community of Plattsburgh.
Through the swaps and trades Hall has seen exciting, interesting and unique pieces come through the doors.
“There has just been so much, I can’t even say what was the best or most interesting,” Hall said.
Though Hall couldn’t give the title of best find at the swap he said a top contender was a full size Captain America replica shield, and the most popular items at the last swap were homemade book safes—books with pages cut out to make room for a secure box where valuables can be hidden.
“People were just hoping they had something this guy would want to trade,” Hall said.
A personal-favorite find of Hall’s was a VHS tape with news recordings during the Ice Storm of 1998 from Plattsburgh news station.
“You never know what people are looking for or would want, or what people find interesting,” Hall said.
Interesting items at past events have included comics, toys, video games, records and books.
Hall said anyone can participate in the swap, but a table can be reserved for a $20 fee. The tables can be shared and split by as many people as desired.
To preregister a table, email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Whatever you have to bring, just try it, you never know what people are looking for,” Hall said.