Monday, July 31, 2006

Antiques Roadshow recap

We're rich! rich! rich! rich! (not really)

Dad and I headed out for Milwaukee with optimism, a dancing bear, my grandmother's baby doll, and some porcelin on Saturday.

We returned satisfied, but not blown away. No offense to the show producers, but watching the TV show is more exciting than standing in line for 2 hours and then not being able to watch any of the taping of the show or even stand and watch some appraisals.

I also found it humorous that when you watch them do the appraisals on TV, the appraisers seem so very attentive and enthusiastic and smile often. In person, they were much more blase and non-chalant. I know they see alot of people in one day, but all of us people waited in lines for hours and could use a smile.

Now, I know we didn't have the world's most exciting objects perhaps, but it just struck me as funny the difference from the TV show. Like, I guess they only get excited for the cameras???

The urns at left were early 20th century, hand painted and made in France, valued at $600-$800.

My grandmother's doll was made in about 1905 and was made by a German company JD Kestner, valued at $500.

My bear is indeed from Russia and is about 25-30 years old. It's worth a mere $50.00. Maybe he will become more valuable-who knows. I only wish Greg had been right about him!

One thing I should note. While standing in line, it is customary to chat up everyone else in line and share stories about your objects- that part was pretty fun. And it was fun to see the twins and other appraisers in person. I hope you guys don't think I'm a pill. It was a fun day, really. I guess everyone is a critic.

Before anyone gets any ideas of coming and taking these items- they are not located at the Chicago 2-flat.

Coming soon ...more on the Milwaukee trip ...a visit to Brass Lighting Gallery! Now that was awe inspiring.


Greg said...

Well, it sounds like you had a good time……..but it could have been better. I’m not good at standing in line AT ALL. When ever I see some of the intros for the show with all the hordes of people I tell myself there is no way I could do that. Still, I love that show so much I might be willing to put up with it.

They didn’t have cattle prods to keep you moving, did they?

Jocelyn said...

No, we were all so eager to get into the "show" we kept it moving.
It's really weird because they have this HUGE hall- and it's sectioned off with the blue canvas walls and everyone is squished into the space. I'm sure it's because it makes for better tv and easier filming. It was interesting to see behind the scenes.