Antiques Roadshow Appraisals

First Appraisal Line for All Antiques Roadshow Ticket Holders

This photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on July 11, 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin shows a small portion of the people waiting in line to see a general appraiser before waiting in other lines to have their items appraised.
This photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on July 11, 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin shows a small portion of the people waiting in line to see a general appraiser before waiting in other lines to have their items appraised. | Source

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Cars are almost always altered, They can be registered as "classic" by their owners when they are 20 years old and are considered "antique" by car enthusiasts when they are 25 years old.

Popular Definition of "Antique"

The popular, or common, definition of antique is a collectible object at least 100 years old in unaltered, original condition. Antiques are collected because of their considerable age, beauty, condition, features, historical significance, rarity, or value. They are also collected due to the emotional attachment associated with their having been handed down in one's family for many generations.

Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 Definition of "Antique"

The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act is was signed into law in the United States on June 17, 1930. The law raised tariffs to record levels on more than 20,000 imported goods. The original intent of the law was to help domestic farmers by greatly increasing the tariffs on imported agricultural products.

Exempt from the outrageous important duties were antiques. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act defined antiques as

"...works of art (except rugs and carpets made after the year 1700), collections in illustration of the progress of the arts, works in bronze, marble, terra cotta, parian, pottery, or porcelain, artistic antiquities and objects of ornamental character or educational value which shall have been produced prior to the year 1830."

Do you own any items that are more than 100 years old?

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The era of mass production in the United States began in 1830. Before that time, most items was hand-crafted of high quality.

The popular notion of an antique being more than 100 years old stems from the fact that mass production manufacturing began 100 years before Smoot-Hawley was signed into law.

Related Antiques Terms

Term
Definition
Antiquities
Antiquities are artifacts from the ancient past—items found in an Egyptian mummy's tomb, for example.
Collectables
Collectables are any items that a person decides to collect. The items can be ones that were manufactured for the purpose of being collected, such as baseball cards, or ones that originally served another purpose, such as comic books.
Retro
Retro items are ones that have been made in the style of older items. The Mini Cooper is an example of a retro-style automobile.
Vintage
Vintage items are ones that are not old enough to be considered antiques, but are too old to be considered contemporary.Clothing items which are several decades old are examples of vintage items.

Second Appraisal Line for All Antiques Roadshow Ticket Holders

This photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on July 11, 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin shows people speaking with Antiques Roadshow general appraisers.
This photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on July 11, 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin shows people speaking with Antiques Roadshow general appraisers. | Source

What is Antiques Roadshow?

Antiques Roadshow is a television program which originated in the United Kingdom in 1979. The program is broadcast from outdoor locations, primarily castles, stately homes, or country estates. A new set has to be built every week.

5 stars for Antiques Roadshow on PBS

An American version of the program has been shown on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television stations in the US since its inception in 1997. The program is broadcast from indoor locations, almost always convention centers in mid-sized American cities.

The concept of the show is simple:

Local collectors bring their treasures to be appraised by antiques / collectables experts. The collectors and the experts briefly discuss the provenance—chain of custody or chronology of ownership—of the piece, its history, and its monetary value.

Season 18 of Antiques Roadshow

The appraisal events for Season 18 of Antiques Roadshow took place during the summer of 2013 for broadcast throughout 2014. The video which follows contains highlights of significant Season 18 appraisals.

Everyone is permitted to submit only one request. If multiple requests are discovered, all requests submitted by the individual are discarded.

How to Obtain Tickets to Attend an Appraisal Event

The issuing of tickets is by lottery. The procedure is the same every year. I am going to use 2013 / 2014 as an example.

Early in 2013, the schedule of cities on that year's appraisal tour was announced on the PBS / Antiques Roadshow Web site.

Everyone receiving a ticket must bring one or two items to be appraised. An "item" can be a collection of similar pieces. A box filled with antique toys counts as "one item."

People wanting to attend an appraisal event had to fill out a request form and submit it online, indicating a city and a preferred entry time.

In May of 2013, names were drawn from among those requests for tickets in each of the six tour cities, and two tickets were mailed to each person.

Anaheim, California 2013 Appraisal Event

My boyfriend and I attended the appraisal event in Anaheim, California in the summer of 2013. We had been fans of the program for many years and were anxious to learn more about three items which had been handed down to me by my grandmother:

  • Mortar and pestle made in Russia by my great-great-great-grandfather the early 1800s.
  • Carnival glass bowl
  • Depression glass dinnerware

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Mortar and Pestle, Carnival Glass, and Depression Glass

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Walk for Miles

The appraisal event we attended was held at the Anaheim Convention Center—near Disneyland—less than 45 minutes from home. We sat for quite some time in our car near the convention center, waiting in line to pay $12 to get into one of the venue's parking lots or parking garages. We found a spot on the top level of a parking garage and wheeled the small suitcase packed with my treasures to a steep, narrow staircase—no elevator. Since we had glass items in the suitcase, we couldn't take a chance wheeling (bumping) the case down the steps, so we carried it. Then, we walked for at least a mile to the building entrance, followed by another long walk to the entrance to the event.

Stand in Four Lines

At the entrance to the event, we had to show a photo ID, our tickets, and the e-mail confirmation which indicated our assigned entrance time. We stood in line for more than an hour, waiting to get into another line in order to speak to a general appraiser. When we got to the front of the first line, we were told to unpack the suitcase which contained our treasures. We were assigned a table number and stood in a much shorter line in front of a table at which a general appraiser sat.

The general appraiser looked at our items and handed us three tickets. One ticket was for the metalwork expert's table—for the mortar and pestle. The other two tickets were for the glassware expert's table—for the carnival glass and the Depression glass.

After receiving our tickets to speak with the expert appraisers, an event volunteer escorted us to the appraisal area, handed us a map, and pointed us in the general direction of the metalwork expert's table.

Mortar and Pestle Appraisal

I spoke with Stuart Whitehurst, a partner in the Marvin & Whitehurst Appraisal Group. Mr. Whitehurst said that as soon as he saw my mortar and pestle, he knew by its design that it was created in Russia.

He said that my great-great-great-grandfather created the mortar and pestle between 1800 and 1810. Mr. Whitehurst said bell metal was used in the casting of the two pieces. He went on to explain that bell metal was a type of bronze with a 4:1 copper to tin ratio. It was so named because it was used in the making of bells and cymbals—and cannons—and cooking utensils. The alloy is nearly indestructible, and because of this, many mortar and pestle pieces have survived in the same manner as the treasure I inherited.

Unfortunately, the expert appraiser concluded, because so many mortars and pestles had survived upwards of 200 years, they weren't worth a lot of money. My great-great-great-grandfather's creation was worth between $100 and $150.

Carnival Glass Appraisal

I spoke with Arlie Sulka, owner of Lillian Nassau LLC, regarding my carnival glass bowl. Ms. Sulka asked me what I knew about the piece. I said it was a hat-shaped carnival glass bowl and added that I had spent a lot of time trying to identify the pattern. I thought the pattern might be Fenton's "Holly," but I wasn't certain about that.

Ms. Sulka took a carnival glass identification book from the stack of reference material on her table. She looked at berry, acorn, and holly patterns and concluded that I had correctly identified the pattern. My bowl was Fenton "Holly," created between1900 and 1910, and worth $10.

"Just because something is old, that doesn't mean it's valuable."
– Arlie Sulka

Depression Glass Appraisal

I also spoke with Arlie Sulka regarding my Depression glass. Again, Ms. Sulka asked what I knew about what I had brought. All I could tell her was that I had ruby-colored non-etched Depression glass—eight dinner plates and eight saucers, but no cups.

Ms. Sulka recognized the manufacturer and pattern immediately. The New Martinsville Glass Co. manufactured "Addie" Depression glass, also known as "12-Point" in 1930. Each saucer was worth $8 and each dinner plate was worth $10—a grand total of $144 for my 16 pieces of collectable Depression glass.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, Daisy, I have never seen the show, I don't own a television and I don't own any antiques....but....this was an interesting article. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill,

Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment in it. I appreciate your support of my writing.

If you get a chance, have a look at part of the video I included in my Hub. It will give you more of an idea of what the program is about.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Thanks for this behind-the-scenes view, or should I say, exposé!

My husband and I are great fans of the show, and often wonder what we'd be able to find out about this or that item we have.

However, your information tells me that will never be possible for us. Even if we were to win a spot in the submission lottery, we probably could not afford to travel to the city where the event was held, as they never seem to be within reasonable driving distance for us, (meaning an hour or less away), living as we do on a fixed income.

Besides that, my husband's health issues would preclude walking any distance longer than about a city block, standing in long lines, or waiting for several hours for a few moments' time with an expert.

I guess we'll have to simply continue to enjoy the show on TV, and continue to wonder about the value (if any) of our certifiable antiques. (Yes, I do have items handed down in my family that are actually over 200 years old!)

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Liz (DzyMsLizzy),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I remember my boyfriend asking why we couldn't put our treasures in a tote bag and carry them that way. I replied that we didn't know how far we would have to walk from the parking lot to the convention center. I insisted we use my wheeled suitcase, and I also recommended he wear gym shoes rather than the loafers he usually wears. (He took my advice.)

We had tickets for the appraisal event held in San Diego a few years ago, but a scheduling conflict prevented us from going. I was happy an event was scheduled for Anaheim, since I really wanted to learn something about the items which were handed down to me.

I'm glad we went. My knowledge of my mortar and pestle, carnival glass, and Depression glass was increased. It was fun seeing in person many expert appraisers I had been watching on television for a number of years.

If I found more items to be appraised and won tickets to another Antiques Roadshow event which was within driving distance, would I attend the event?... I'm sorry to say I would not.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Fascinating article. Passing this on.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting information about Antiques Road show Appraisals!

I don't think I have anything that old. But there are such materials at my grandparent' s place. There is a bit of Nostalgia attached to them.

Its interesting to note, how you have explained the difference between Antiques, Collectables, Retro and Vintage.

Enjoyed your information! Voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Interesting hub Daisy, I have watched the British version of the show, but never seen the US version. We have a number of old items, mainly ornaments, glassware and some furniture that belonged to my parents, and grandmother which are rather old and I would like to have valued one day. As you found out though, just because something is old doesn't make it valuable. I really thought that old Russian mortar and pestle would have been worth more. I guess if something is indestructable though there will always be more available. Good hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

Had you seen Antiques Roadshow while you were living in the United States? Is any county's version of the program broadcast in Latvia?


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

Is Antiques Roadshow shown on Indian television? I spent a few weeks in Mumbai a number of years ago and watched a lot television, but I don't recall seeing Antiques Roadshow.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I'm surprised that there isn't an Australian version of Antiques Roadshow. The UK and US versions of the program are very different from each other. The only thing that's the same is that experts in various fields appraise the guests' antiques.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Yes Daisy, it is surprising that we don't have a version here. We get Bargain Hunt, and did have an excellent Aussie show The Collectors until recently.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Daisy!

I came back to satisfy your curiosity. Yes, I have seen it on T.V. in News clips. Besides there are many International channels on Cable Television these days. Moreover many of my relatives are residing in US, who keep me informed about things happening in that part of the world.

Thanks for sharing the details of an interesting show!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for visiting again. We see both the US and UK versions in the area in which I live. I prefer the US version. The guests and the appraisers seem to be much more relaxed.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for visiting again. My article contains a link to the Antiques Roadshow Web site. Have you ever tried accessing the site and viewing videos of the programs?


suzettenaples 2 years ago

Daisy: Thanks for sharing this as it is do interesting and informative. I watch the show from time to time but it hasn't been in Anaheim lately. I will definitely look for that show. How interesting because I have a mortar and pestle from my great- grandparents made of some sort of metal but it wasn't made by my great-grandfather. They had a small grocery store in PA during the 1900s to 1930s. I also am familiar with depression glass-I think it is beautiful. Even though it is not worth a lot I still think it is wonderful that you have most of a set of it. It is so unique I think. Here in Ohio is the Fenton glass company and I have toured it several times and I am familiar with the carnival glass also. Fenton pieces are beautiful also and I have watched the glass blowers blow the Fenton pieces. It is quite an art. I really enjoyed reading your experience on the show and I will look for the Anaheim show in the future!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzette,

Thanks for reading my article, and posting your detailed comment.

The first program of the 2013 Antiques Roadshow summer tour is being shown on PBS on January 6, 2014 (the day I am posting my comment). The three Anaheim episodes will be shown on the last two Mondays in April 2014 and the first Monday in May.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for this interesting hub, Daisy. My mother used to love the Antiques Roadshow. I'm sorry that your items weren't assigned a higher value, especially after all the walking and waiting that you had to do!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It sounds a great event and antiques are among my favorite a useful and very interesting hub.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

I love this show and this great read was a treat for sure.

Voting up and sharing.

Eddy.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (AliciaC),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

Learning about my treasures was what was important to me.

Both the mortar and pestle and carnival glass were older than I thought, and the Depression glass was more valuable than I thought. I knew nothing about bell metal, but now that I do, I can understand why the mortar and pestle isn't worth a lot of money.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Devika (DDE),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Do you see Antiques Roadshow in Croatia? If you do, from which country is the program broadcast?


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Eddy (Eiddwen).

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I see both the UK and US versions of the program in California. Do you see both versions in Wales?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Never saw one even in the states but it is possible that they might broadcast here through cable TV. However being interested I discovered this article http://www.americanlatvianartists.org/saiets.html Have a great day Daisy.


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Imogen French 2 years ago from Southwest England

I love watching the Antiques Roadshow here in Britain - still going strong! I really enjoy seeing the fine arts and art pottery, and like to try to guess how much things are worth. It is a bit addictive!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for visiting again and providing the link to the article. I'll bet you'll find the UK version on cable TV, as you surmised.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Imogen,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. It's wonderful seeing the genuine expressions of surprise when the guests learn their treasure is valuable, isn't it?


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Daisy…

I’ve seen this program a couple of times on PBS, and wondered about many of the things you explained, in detail, in your hub. Thank you! This was well written and very helpful.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Genna,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

Attending the Antiques Roadshow appraisal event was quite an experience. Some "what to expect" type of information accompanied the tickets we received in the mail, but the description of the amount of walking, standing in line, and waiting was downplayed quite a bit.


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

We are great fans of Antiques Roadshow, and love seeing people's treasures. Loved your article as I had always wondered how people got on the show and what the process was really like. Great article! Voted up, useful and interesting!


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

This is one of my favorite show on TV. I sure enjoyed reading about your personal experience and how you obtained tickets . It is helpful for many others who may want to get their items appraised.


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

I liked this article so much that I am linking it to my antique Treasure Hunting hub. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Interesting article. We watch the show all the time. Would have loved to see you on it!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. We're regular viewers of the US version of the program, and occasional viewers of the UK version.

The only way to get tickets is via the lottery system. Some people have been known to drive as many as 18 hours to the convention center in question if they win tickets in the lottery. I'm glad we had less an hour's drive. ... I'm really glad we brought my wheeled suitcase! Although the mortar and pestle isn't very large, it's extremely heavy.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

starstream,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for including a link to my article in one of your Hubs. There is a lot of information on the Antiques Roadshow Web site, but the site doesn't include the details of all the walking and standing in line.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb (DeborahNeyens),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. The Antiques Roadshow appraisal events take place every summer, with the programs being broadcast the following year.

The first program from the 2013 appraisal tour was broadcast on January 6, 2014. The three Anaheim, California episodes will be broadcast the last two Mondays in April, and the first Monday in May. My appraisals weren't televised, but there is always the possibility that we'll be in some of the scenes of people waiting in line at the appraisal tables.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Daisy, its great to see the behind the scenes things that go on. We had the show in my next town and my friend managed to get there, not sure whether she took anything or not, or whether it was just to have a look, we did go to a similar thing in my town many years ago, and my mum had an old violin that turned out to be not worth much but the bow was worth about a thousand pounds! amazing! great hub Daisy!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I watch the Antiques Roadshow and it amazes me what some items are worth! Watching the show is like going back in time. It sounds like you had a fun adventure! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Is the US version of Antiques Roadshow broadcast in the UK? We see both versions of the program in California.

I've seen it happen on the US version that a violin wasn't worth very much monetarily, but the bow was worth a lot of money.

With the US program, if someone wins tickets in the lottery to an appraisal event. the person must bring something to be appraised.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Some of the items I've seen appraised on Antiques Roadshow don't look like anything special, but the appraisals tell us otherwise.

My boyfriend keeps saying he wants to go to some yard sales, to find treasures which the owners are selling for next-to-nothing. Wouldn't it be exciting to buy something for a few dollars and learn that it was worth thousands?!?


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

How exciting for you! I've watched many Antique Roadshows, both British and American and find them interesting and sometimes exciting. Since I know I'll never get to one it was great of you to share your experience!

Voted up, useful, and very interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

This was the second time I won tickets in the Antiques Roadshow appraisal lottery, and the first appraisal event I attended. After I won tickets for an event in San Diego a few years ago, my boyfriend was hired to teach a Saturday class. The timing of the class created a scheduling conflict, and we weren't able to use the tickets.

I was very happy to win tickets for the Anaheim appraisal event, especially after not being able to use the San Diego tickets. Learning about my treasures was a great experience. I didn't care that the pieces weren't monetarily valuable. Having appraisers tell me about the pieces was what was important to me.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I watch this show on TV occasionally and always enjoy the items shown and knowing the prices. Great review on the show and background on antigues.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. This is one of the few Hubs I've published for which I did very little research. The information I discussed was from first-hand experience rather than online research.


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Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I love to watch Antiques Roadshow, it would be fun to attend, but it does sound like a lot of work getting there. I might go if they came to my hometown.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sherry,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Antiques Roadshow prefers mid-size cities with large convention centers for their appraisal events. You live in a beautiful part of California, but I think the closest that Roadshow would get to your hometown is Sacramento, San Jose, or San Francisco.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

When I was in the U.K I saw a TV show on that topic and I was fascinated by the expectations of some people who hoped they were sitting on a priceless heirloom. Very interesting article.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nadine,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

The TV show to which you referred sounds like the UK version of Antiques Roadshow. I'm glad you had an opportunity to see it.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

So interesting ! This is one of my favorite shows!!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Attending the appraisal event was a great opportunity to learn more about my treasures.


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point2make 2 years ago

Excellent hub...well done. I enjoyed reading about your Road Show adventure very much. I am a fan of the show and a collector myself but I have to say that the long lines and hours of waiting would probably get the best of me. I think I will continue to enjoy the show on TV and forego the lines. Thanks for giving us a behind the scenes look of a great show.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

point2make,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

I was very happy I learned more about my mortar and pestle, Depression glass, and carnival glass. The behind-the-scenes look at the Roadshow was very interesting. If I had it to do over again, however, knowing what I know now, I would not have gone to the appraisal event.


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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

Hi Daisy. This was a very interesting hub. I have watched both versions of the show and not only love learning about the history of the pieces showcased but the people's reactions as well. It must have been quite an experience - a tiring one- but one none-the-less. Thank you for sharing.

Kim


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kim (klidstone1970),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and posting your comment.

Attending the Antiques Roadshow appraisal event was so tiring, I'm not certain I would do it again, given the opportunity. That being said, I was very happy to learn about my treasures. Their value wasn't important to me. Obtaining information about them was.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

I love to watch this show and the articles are amazing. It must have been quite a tiring day waiting in queue and getting items evaluated. Great hub. I wish that they had valued your items at a higher price.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Which version of Antiques Roadshow do you see in Dubai, the UK or the US?

Learning something about the treasures was what was important to me, not their monetary value. I'm glad the mortar and pestle wasn't worth a lot of money. My great-great-great-grandfather created it, and I could never sell it.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

I have always wanted to go to one of these shows to see how much stuff I have is worth. Every time they are in town, I'm on my way out of town or one of the kids had a baby or I'm sick - it's always something. Someday I'll get there. At least now I don't have to wonder how it works. I'm glad to be clued in on the process. TY for the info.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rachael,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I hope you get to attend an Antiques Roadshow appraisal event one day.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Daisy I watch the one in US.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for visiting again. Wow! The US version of Antiques Roadshow is shown in Dubai.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love that show but have never had a chance to attend one. Would be interesting! Nice to be able to find out the value of things but it sounds as though it took a lot of time and effort on your part to do so.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Peggy,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I was very happy to learn something new about my treasures, but I wish there would have been an easier way to do so.


LisaKeating 2 years ago

I really enjoyed the article. It sounds just as I would expect the event to be. There is so much information available online that it seems you would have to have something quite unique to really get the most out of this type of appraisal. Maybe someday I'll find something that special!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Lisa,

It's nice to meet. you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

It seems that many of the items that are brought to Antiques Roadshow for appraisal are one that the owners think are quite ordinary. They're genuinely surprised by the appraisal results.


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Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

Wow! I did not know the world of antiques was so complex. After reading this, I sort of get it. Our family has many heirlooms passed down through the generations. Some are probably quite valuable and others not so much :)


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nancy,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. There are quite a few books about antiques in which you might be able to learn more about your family heirlooms.


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teaches12345 23 months ago

Just stopped by to read this again. I was visut mg a friend this week who bought an original painting at a garage sale and I encouraged her to have it appraised. Her art purchase would be great on the show.


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Daisy Mariposa 23 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article another time. If your friend can find a signature on the painting, she might be able to do some research online about the artist. If there is a university near where your friend lives, have her contact one of the art professors for guidance regarding getting the painting appraised.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

I enjoy watching this show on TV. I had a house full of antiques until I had to downsize. Fortunately, my pieces went to my daughters. Now, I just go and see them whenever I visit them.

Interesting article.


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Daisy Mariposa 22 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I'm glad that your antiques are still in the family.


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Rangoon House 20 months ago from Australia

I quite enjoy the UK Antiques Roadshow, but have never seen the US version. It must have been quite a day to attend the appraisal event. What a shame your beloved items weren't worth a little more, but I guess that isn't always why we love them or why we keep them.


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Daisy Mariposa 19 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rangoon House,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

It was "interesting" attending the Antiques Roadshow appraisal event, but if I knew then what I know now, I probably would not have gone. The discomfort level was so high, the event was not the least bit fun.


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teaches12345 17 months ago

Had to pop in to say I missed this show when it was in our state a few months back. Love watching it on occasion. I now may have some antiques that would be a fun appraisal for viewers. A great read on the show.


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Daisy Mariposa 17 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Antiques Roadshow repeats cities/states. You still might have an opportunity to have your treasures appraised on television.

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