Maybe you have a Tiffany lamp or silver tea set that grandma passed down to her kin when she cleaned out her attic.
Whatever your treasure or collectible is, one way to learn more about its value is to bring it to the Beloit Historical Society’s Antiques Appraisal event set for 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
The fundraising event will be held at the Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett St. Those who attend can bring one item for appraisal for $5 or two for $10. Popcorn will be offered for free and bottled water will be available. Three auctioneers — Rich Ranft, Shirley Baumann and Peter Dast — will be set up at three tables.
“People probably should know the value of things to pass down to their children,” said Nancy Wallace, president of the Beloit Historical Society Board of Directors.
And, the event is also for fun and to help fund a good cause, she said.
Proceeds will go toward improvements being made to the kitchen at the Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead, 2149 St. Lawrence Ave. to make it more functional and useful.
Ranft, of United Country Beloit Auction and Realty, said recently he has seen many changes in the value of antiques and collectibles over the years and that
taste changes with generations.
“Most people collect what they grew up with,” he said.
Especially popular collectible items presently are boys’ toys, for example.
Regardless, “I believe there’s a collector for everything.”
While the worth of many antiques is not what it was a decade or so ago, quality or high-end items with names like Tiffany, for instance, still have value. Guns also retain their value, Ranft said.
Overall, on acquiring antiques he said, “They’re worth having if you like them.”
The March 2 event will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and volunteers will help direct people to the appraisal tables.