With Rick moving to Concord and then the snowstorm, I have not told you about Antiques Road Show at the Garner library. It was such fun – I think we all loved it and hope the Friends of the Library will have this event again in the future.
Mark Moran who lives in Wisconsin and is part of the show travels around to events and appraises antiques brought in by local people. One item is allowed per person. He works at a laptop connected to a large screen which faces the audience so we could see what he was searching for.
Shown here is a c.1920 slag lamp which Mr. Moran valued at $250-300.
I made a list of some of the items that were brought in for appraisal:
USS Maryland certificate
Newell post lamp
1918 character doll
Carnival glass bowl
1959 Barbie doll
Czech cut glass vase
Black folk art figurine
Celluloid dresser set
Framed mirror – jesso material
I took my favorite painting shown here.
Mr. Moran didn’t even put a value on it – it’s an amateur folk art painting which needs cleaning – badly. A professional cleaning would cost about $700 to which I replied “it would affect the charm”. It is in rough shape but I love it just like it is.
The lesson we all learned that day is that antiques are no longer very popular – the market is “soft”. Of course we perceived that ourselves but it’s very sad to think that the antiques I love so much are not valuable to anyone but me. We all asked the same question – what will happen to my things when I’m gone? Oh please don’t let them end up in the landfill!
The website that Mr. Moran used during the program is LIVEAUCTIONEERS.com. He recommends it as a great resource- you must register with them but it’s free. I can’t wait to search for some of my antiques with this site.
I gotta quit posting pictures of Rick – he doesn’t like it – but I can’t resist the pictures of how comfortable the dogs get when we visit. Check out Hazel.
Telly and Hazel love visiting Dad.