Not Quite the Antiques Road Show™

Not Quite the Antiques Road Show™

By Janis C. Test

 

 

 

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – and you can find out which it is during Abilene Public Library’s annual version of the Antiques Roadshow™. Our Antique and Collectibles Appraisal Fair, a favorite local event since 2000, will be in the Main Library auditorium at 202 Cedar the evening of Tuesday, March 15. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and antique appraisers will be on hand until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. One may receive an estimate of value from our experienced dealers on any three antique or collectible items with the exception of works of art.{{more}} Among the long time participants will be B.J. Naranjo-Smith, owner of Antique and Almost, 141-A Clyde St. Over the years she has managed many large estate sales. As Abilene’s only certified antique appraiser, she is one of only about a dozen with this accreditation in Texas. While her special interests include collectible furniture, china and crystal, she is able to provide an approximate value on most any antique or collectible. Tom Craig, owner of the Antique Station at 703 North 3rd Street, also provides a great breadth and depth of knowledge but specializes in 20th century glassware, oak furniture and advertising memorabilia. Phil Johnson of Merkel who operated an antique business for many years in the Houston area has also provided value judgments on a wide variety of items although his specialty is china, porcelain, oriental, crockery, pottery, lamps, wooden items and primitives. Long time participant Frank Chafey with Yesterdaze Mall Antique Center, 2626 E. Hwy 80 is highly regarded for his knowledge of clocks and watches. Vonceil Robertson, owner of the Elmwood Antique Centre, 3910 S. 7th St., gives of her time each to render value opinions on books and manuscripts. Gary Miller of Aardvark Brothers Music and Recording, 2805 S. 14th St., lends his expertise in the area of musical instruments. “Each year we’re overwhelmed with a large crowd waiting at the door when we open at 6:30,” according to librarian Dennis Miller, event coordinator. He suggests that waiting to come until after 7 p.m. would likely reduce the time waiting in line. Miller will be on hand to try to direct attendees to the expert best qualified to render a value judgment for their particular item. For those who may difficulty with stairs or carrying heavy or bulky items, an elevator is available.