You have to try everything once, right?
I put myself on the list for the Antiques Roadshow tickets this year and was one of those selected to receive the free tickets. It’s a lottery system, so there is never a guarantee that you will be one of the chosen few.
I enjoy watching the Roadshow occasionally because it helps expand my knowledge of antiques beyond the realm which I spend all my time on – Victorian furniture.
The appraisal valuations are often sensationalistic on the show but the identification process, the evaluation of condition, and getting a general sense of valuation (insurance value) is something I like to soak up and put into the memory banks.
From what I have heard, it will be a long, arduous day in line and even more so for my friend traveling from Ohio to attend with me. My wife has opted to stay behind so I invited a close friend to attend with me. He has two unusual items (one that is thousands of years old and hundreds of pounds) that we’ve been trying to identify for quite some time. Maybe via the Roadshow we will finally have some answers.
You might be surprised to hear that I don’t plan to bring any Victorian furniture. I feel I know enough about what I have to not need a second opinion. However, there are some oil paintings and a vase that I would like to get evaluated.
I will try to Tweet throughout the day via Twitter, so if you’re not following me, use the link to the top right to get my live updates throughout the day at the Roadshow Saturday. I will also try to take a camera along and depending upon the “camera restricted areas” I may bring back some photos to share.
Update: I will be going in under a press pass which will provide me with more access for photographs and access to the appraisers and producer.