The Price is Right

O.C. History Center to hold
appraisal fair as fundraiser

Two well-known appraisers
to appear at O.C. public library

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2012) – The popular KET program, “Antiques Road Show,” has gained many fans during the time it has aired. Whether it’s the idea of finding a hidden antique worth thousands of dollars or just the thought that someone else might treasure your well-loved memento from the past that has always held sentimental value for you, these types of programs appeal to a wide variety of individuals.
“Appraisal fairs are popular because people love finding hidden treasures and knowing the value and history of an item they may have,” thinks Nancy Theiss, executive director of the Oldham County History Center in La Grange.

Mike Brown

Photo provided

Mike Brown has much
experience as an appraiser.

The History Center and the Oldham County Public Library will be co-sponsoring an Appraisal Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the library, located at 308 Yeager Ave. All proceeds will benefit the History Center.
“We partner with the library on several things,” said Theiss. The library has a large space that can be used for this fundraiser and “they support our mission of preserving our local history.”
The multi-purpose room that will be used is “nearly 2000 square feet and affords much more space for attendees and on-lookers. Facilities and vending areas are also available at the library. The History Center is a museum without the area for an event such as this,” said Susan Eubank, Library Director for the Oldham County Public Library.
The Appraisal Fair “sounded like a fun program for our community,” said Eubank. The library “has been interested in having an Appraisal Fair and so when the opportunity arose to partner with the Historical Society, we jumped at it. The Historical Society and the library have a long history of co-presenting various programs.”
Cost for the Appraisal Fair is $5 an item, limit two items per person. There will be no written appraisals and no antique firearms are allowed for appraisal.
Conducting the appraisals will be Mike Brown and Jack Sparks, both of whom have traveled across the country participating in various trade fairs and antique shows. “Appraisal Fairs are always successful and people also learn history by listening to the appraisers evaluate an item,” said Theiss.
Brown has held Appraisal Fairs for the History Center in the past. “Items brought in vary greatly,” said Theiss, “from dolls, framed prints and tapestry’s, toys, glassware, advertisements, clothing, household items, books, photographs, old letters and small pieces of furniture.”
Eubank said, “Everyone hopes that some family item or item they purchased at an estate sale or yard sale could be worth more. Some people just want to know the history behind a family heirloom’s origin.”
Eubank said the Oldham County Public Library “is pleased to be able to help another community agency with their space issues. We also hope that people attending the Appraisal Fair will enjoy seeing the new LEED Certified “green” library and see what public libraries have to offer today.”
The library will co-sponsor another event with the Oldham County History Center and other county agencies on Saturday, March 31, when the April Fool's Weird Music Contest is presented at the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood.

• For more information on the Appraisal Fair, call the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826 or the Oldham County Public Library at (502) 222-9713.

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