So late on my Inspired Sunday post, but I spent the entire Saturday at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW! My friend entered for tickets, and her name was picked! I had been waiting for months for this big day. We got up early and drove to the Anaheim Convention Center. It was quite exhausting to stand on hard cement floor for hours on end but it was so much fun to see what unusual items people had brought:
|Me on the way in.|
We had a lovely time together...
|Laura and Lisa|
BUT when I got to the silver table, the "experts" were very young and right away mine told me that I knew more about my silver than he did!!! After months of waiting and hours of standing on hard concrete, that's not what I wanted to hear!!! My silver appraised at what I had imagined, perhaps slightly more on one item (silver christening cup for $1000.00), but I have to say, I was there for the experience, and the lack of enjoyment or enthusiasm from my experts compared to that of the older seasoned experts and the experts at the other tables was noticeable. In fact, my guy was British (and there is a bit of rivalry or "attitude" between collectors of American and British silver), and after his two- minute review and reiterating that I knew more than he did, he excused himself saying "I've really got to go to the loo!"
Besides wonderful company, the really redeeming element for me was the "feedback booth." It's where they film the quick clips that they put on at the end of the show. Not feeling very enthusiastic about the experience, I reluctantly went in because my friend wanted to. We had to sign a release to be on TV if chosen, and we had two minutes to say whatever we wanted. We could hold up an item, and as I was unwrapping my christening cup, the camera man exclaimed "I LOVE that cup." I said something like, yeah, it's dated 1853. He said "that's 160 years old. I LOVE that cup." He got it! Then he rolled camera, and we said something. As we were walking out, I asked him if he knew silver, and lo and behold, he was a silver appraiser. He APPRECIATED it. He was enthusiastic. We had that special bond between people who appreciate the uniqueness and beauty and story of something from history, something owned. loved, cherished, and made by hand. That's the experience I had hoped for, and that's the whole reason behind why I collect antiques.
What inspired you this week?
Sherry from The Charm of Home made these absolutely wonderful polymer clay tags! I can see so many decorative and packaging uses for these. She did a LOVELY job!
Denise from Denise on a Whim did a wonderful paint job on this Victorian table:
Michelle from The Day Before This Day made this gorgeous tote inspired by vintage crochet. All her bags are to die for! :-)
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