Frank and I had the honor to be chosen on May 12-13, 2019 to go down and assist with the Antiques Roadshow. Sunday afternoon we went for the training and met the other volunteers. We learned that 22,000 people had applied for tickets for this event and only 3000 were chosen by the lottery. This is the largest number of people that have ever applied for tickets to the Roadshow. I’ve always wanted to get tickets and have applied several times and never received them, so this was a dream for me. There were only 120 volunteers selected. The Crocker Museum hosted the Antiques Roadshow and is a very large ornate art building. There is a newer addition that is very modern. Frank and I worked with producers and appraisers in the production department. The category that we worked was photos, posters, and prints.
We had the privilege of working with Nigel, Nicho, Amiee, and Daile but were able to meet several other celebrity appraisers.
We were able to meet so many interesting people as we talked to them as they waited in line to have their treasures appraised. At the end of the day, we took three items from our house to get appraised. We were very excited to learn there value!
We enjoyed working with the appraisers to learn how they selected items to feature on the show. Three characteristics that they looked for were: a fantastic story, something of great value, and a rare national treasure. Everyone in line was hoping for that magical moment when they would find out that their item had great worth. Some people were were pleasantly surprised but more often they learned that their belongings had less value than expected. At an appraisal you can expect to hear three determinations: 1. The appraisal value. This is how much the item can be insured for. It is always the highest value. 2. The retail value or how much the item could be purchased for at a store. 3. The fair market value which is the price for which it will most likely sell. When I am doing Estate sales the fair market value is the price that we list the items for when we set up and price at the estate sale. At Hidden Creations we are always watching the antique market and staying informed on current trends to provide you with the most accurate fair market pricing and the highest gain for your home furnishings and heirlooms.