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How much is that old antique worth? A professional appraiser can give you a clue

COURTESY PHOTO: WEST LINN HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The West Linn Historical Society will host its second annual Vintage Roadshow Sunday, Aug. 21, at the McLean House. At last year's Vintage Roadshow organized by the West Linn Historical Society, a local couple discovered the painting they considered giving to Goodwill was worth $25,000.

Another man believed the haunted dolls left in his possession, after their previous owner attempted to have them encased in bulletproof glass, could be worth a chunk of change — only to learn they were worthless (despite the spirits that supposedly inhabited them).

On Aug. 21, the society will present another opportunity for people to discover whether their antiques and oddities are trash or treasure at the second annual Vintage Roadshow at the McLean House.

For $30, anyone interested can bring an item to be evaluated by professional appraiser Gary Germer.

The society organized the Vintage Roadshow for the first time last year after several members pondered the worth of old family heirlooms over tea.

Styled after the PBS show, "Antiques Roadshow," last year's event included around 30 informative and humorous evaluations of antiques brought by attendees.

Tickets to watch this year's show without having an item appraised are $15.

"If you like the (PBS) show, it's always more fun to see it in person. And you never know what those treasures in your closet are worth," West Linn Historical Society Vice President Danny Schreiber said.

Schreiber, who also emcees the event, said his kids thoroughly enjoyed last year's show thanks to Germer's ability to make each appraisal interesting and provide historical context for every object.

According to Schreiber, having an appraisal done can cost hundreds of dollars, so the roadshow is a good opportunity to have antiques evaluated by a professional appraiser and decide whether they should pursue an official appraisal.

Germer has participated in "Antiques Roadshow" and has worked in the antique appraisal business for over 30 years. He donates his time for the event, so all proceeds go to the West Linn Historical Society.

The Vintage Roadshow takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the McLean House and Park. Tickets for appraisals and to see the show are available at www.westlinnhistory.org. Schreiber recommended those interested in having an item appraised purchase tickets ahead of time as appraisal slots sold out last year.


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