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Five Finds: On The Road With Antiques Roadshow   full story/ Subscribe

Antiques Roadshow’s 2008 tour uncovered a typically diverse range of antiques and collectibles. The series’ producers, crew, and appraisers traveled to six cities, each of which attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 attendees, each of whom brought two items.

Insider covered all six shows, reporting on them every month from our August 2008 through December 2008 issues. Along the way, we got a first-hand look at all kinds of treasures. Many of them were heirlooms passed down through generations within a family. But we also saw a good number of amazing finds --- valuable pieces uncovered at little or no cost.

Here, we’ll take a look at five of our favorite finds from the summer ’08 tour. 

 

Vintage Sheet Music   full story/ Subscribe

Vintage sheet music offers something for every collector, with themes that vary from transportation and technology to politics and pretty girls. And with most sheets selling for $3$25, its an enthusiasm that wont break the bank.

American popular music enjoyed a golden age from 18901920, an era that left a rich legacy of colorful sheet music. Where to find vintage sheet music? Sheets are everywhere: Group shops, flea markets, garage and estate sales, and used-book stores are likely sources for inexpensive box lots holding a few beauties amongst the tattered trash. Word to the wise.......

 

Sitting Ducks   full story/Subscribe

Waterfowl decoys rank among the most beautiful, evocative, and truly American forms of folk sculpture you'll find. Here, a longtime Antiques Roadshow appraiser examines their place in the market.

Waterfowl decoys and the birds they represent speak to the vast diversity of the American landscape: abundant waterways and flyways, salt marshes, open seas, and freshwater rivers that give habitat and haven to game and fish. They also attest to the creativity and diversity of the expert carvers who created them. And each bird reflects the region, water conditions, methods of hunting, and species of the region in which it was made.

 

Time to Sell?   full story/Subscribe

Perhaps it's time to move or downsize, or maybe you're settling an estate. What to do about all that furniture? Our experts tip you off.

As with any antique, establishing the best way to sell your furniture depends on having a clear idea of value. An independent, impartial, expert opinion is essential for a fair sale and- just as important-for peace of mind.

Auctioneer and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Ken Farmer cautions that haste not only makes waste, but it practically guarantees poor sales and low prices when you're selling furniture (or anything else). The top tip we heard from Farmer and our other experts: Before you decide how or where to sell a piece of furniture, take the time to find out what you have-and consult someone who really knows.

 

Crazy About Betty   full story/Subscribe

Collectors of kitchenalia always have a place for Betty Crocker, the grand dame of American cookbooks.

Who conjures up the image of classic nurturing kitchen queen better than good ol' Betty Crocker? Alas, if only she were real....

Betty was actually the genius creation, in 1921, of the Washburn Crosby Co. of Minneapolis (one of the big milling companies that would merge into General Mills). She presented the firm with a "personalized" approach to answering customers' baking inquiries. Who would have thought that this fictional character would soon embody all that is good in American cooking?

 

EASY COME, EASY GO   full story/Subscribe

Appraiser Rago details the finer points of the tall (11 inches) Harrison McIntosh vase that turned up in Salt Lake City on June 24.

A longtime Antiques Roadshow expert had an appraisal "in the can"---or so
he thought. Here, he explains how confusion over the date of an item left a segment on the cutting-room floor.

With that in mind, I thought Insider's readers might enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at a good appraisal gone bad. In the process, you'll have the chance to consider some valuable information that otherwise might never see the light of day. As my colleague Noel Barrett would say: When given lemons, make lemonade.

 

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