Trash? or Treasure!

Trash? or Treasure!

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

Once again it’s time to bring out those long forgotten treasures from the attic or garage to the Abilene Public Library for the always popular annual Antique and Collectibles Appraisal Fair.This year’s event will be in second floor auditorium of the Main Library at 202 Cedar on Thursday, Oct. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. according to City Librarian Ricki Brown.Admission is free for this opportunity to receive an estimate of value, not a certified appraisal, on any antique or collectible item with the exception of works of art. Individuals may bring up to three items per person. {{more}}Among those participating will be B.J. Naranjo-Smith, Abilene’s only certified antiques appraiser and owner of Antique and Almost, 141-A Clyde St. Over the years she has managed many large estate sales. In 2007 she completed her Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice certification. While her special interests include collectible furniture, china and crystal, she is able to provide an approximation of value on most any antique or collectible.Another regular is Tom Craig, owner of the Antique Station at 703 North 3rd Street, who also provides a great breadth and depth of knowledge but specializes in 20th century glassware, oak furniture and advertising memorabilia. Phil Johnson of Merkel is now retired but had over 50 years’ experience in the antiques business primarily in the Houston area. His knowledge is also broad but he specializes in 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. “Each year we’re overwhelmed with a large crowd waiting at the door when we open at 6:30,” according Ms. Brown. “Those who arrive just after 7 p.m. may find a shorter wait.” Appraisers will be on hand until 8:30 p.m. The library cannot be responsible for lost or damaged items.