Registration is under way for the Sixth Annual Southwest Kansas Antiques Appraisal Fair, which is set for 9 a.m. March 10 at the Finney County 4-H Building in Garden City.
The all-day show should appeal to people who enjoy “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers” or particularly “Antiques Road Show,” according to Rhonda Stone, who leads the Appraisal Fair Committee of the Finney County Historical Society, host of the event. Each year, those who attend bring flea market or auction finds, family heirlooms and keepsakes to be shown, shared and evaluated live before the audience. The team of nine volunteer appraisers includes collectors, dealers and others with expertise in antiques.
Last year, the audience shared nearly 100 objects, including a trunk dating to the 1700s or earlier, a 1940s pin-up poster, a Native American woven basket and a metal plaque engraved by Czech art deco master Jaroslav Horejc, which the appraisers valued at $3,000.
Couples and individuals also brought autographs of astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, a 19th Century edition of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a 60-year-old Native American blanket, Billy Klapper bridle bits and spurs, an antique coronet, a 1930s silverware chest, and a Lionel electric train.
The appraisers can accept nearly any antique or collectible except fine jewelry and firearms. Appraisals will be conducted individually, one by one, before the audience. No artifacts will be bought or sold, but the appraisers will offer non-binding spoken estimates of value for each item, while sharing their knowledge about the history of each piece.
Appraisals are $15 per item, on a first-come, first-served basis, and spectator admission is free. Those who pre-register with payment by Friday may bring three items for $36. The place for early registration is the Finney County Historical Museum, 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. seven days weekly. Call (620) 272-3664 for more information.
Registration will be available after Friday at the museum, and until 2 p.m. at the door the day of the show, all at the $15 item rate.
The 4-H Building is located on the Finney County Fairgrounds, and the doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event, with the show running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until the last item is appraised.
Pre-registered items will get first priority. Those who sign up in advance are encouraged to provide printed pictures of their items or have them photographed by the museum staff during pre-registration. Items and item photos will be shown at the show and may be published online or in print.