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Last updated: Mon. Apr. 21, 2014 - 06:58 am EDT

WFWA event offers chance Sunday to get antiques, collectibles appraised

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What: Local public TV station WFWA, PBS 39, will sponsor “Antiques & Collectibles: What is it Worth?,” a fundraiser that allows people to speak with experts about the value of antiques and collectibles. Limit of three items per person.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lincoln Financial Group Event Center at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.

Cost: $10 for one item or $25 for three. Pay at the door.

Information: 484-8839 or

The appraisers

Local experts scheduled to participate include:

•Ken Ellenberger, general antiques/collectibles

•Amy Beatty, general antiques/collectibles

•Chad Weigmann, general antiques/collectibles

•Jim Fairfield, coins, currency, jewelry

•Sam Hyde, books, documents

•Becky Yager, dolls, toys

•Eileen Eichhorn, Jewelry

•Morrison Agen, records, albums

•Lois Eubank, quilts

•Betty Fishman, fine art, paintings

Notes: No firearms will be evaluated.

Opinions given by the appraisers are not binding, legal appraisals or an offer to purchase. The appraisers may be contacted later if a person wants a legal appraisal.


More than 500 people came through WFWA, PBS 39's, antiques and collectibles appraisal event last fall, and station officials hope to see that many or more at the event noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Financial Group Event Center at Parkview Field.

“We were really surprised,” said Mark Ryan, WFWA creative services director. “We actually had people standing in line before the Lincoln Financial Event Center opened last year.”

About 315 people had items evaluated by local appraisers assisting with the event, Ryan said.

Some of the people attending suggested WFWA hold the event in the spring, so the station decided to try it, he said

WFWA has organized the appraisal events in part as a fun tie-in with popular PBS programs “Antiques Roadshow” and home-improvement shows, such as “This Old House,” Ryan said.

The event also raises a little money to support WFWA programming — evaluations cost $10 for one item or $25 for three items, he said. Plus, it's just fun.

Ryan doesn't recall appraisers identifying any items last year as worth big money.

But the event mirrored “Antiques Roadshow” in other ways: For example, some people found out the frames around their art were more valuable than the painting. Others had no idea what an item was or if it had value, and they walked away with at least new knowledge about the item.

The wait to see an appraiser varied significantly by type of item and time of day, but people generally waited no more than about 20 minutes to see an appraiser, Ryan said.

No firearms will be allowed into the event, but appraisers will cover most other areas of antiques and collectibles.

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