Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Our Roadshow Experience!

Ok, I know there are a few peeps out there that are dying to know whether we had trash or treasure.....
well, we didn't have trash;)
And, we didn't over pay for our treasure.
Matt was more than pleased with that information.

We started out on Friday afternoon, headed down to eat a good supper @ Felix's, and boy was is FINE!
I wish I had a pic of the amazing sauteed grouper with crabmeat oscar.
Take my word for it, amazing.

We woke early on Saturday morning and drove the 1 hour and 15 minutes to Biloxi.
We found the Convention Center very easily....parking was not so easy.
We quickly realized that arriving early was the only way we got a parking space because there was a Rodeo going on in the opposite side of the Convention Center.

Anywho, we (Matt) unloaded our treasures and we headed for the front door, but not before I made friends with the man that parked across from us.  I noticed his plates said New Mexico, so, of course I had to ask him if he really drove from New Mexico.  He said that he had and that he had been trying to get on Antiques Roadshow for 5 years.  5 years!
How did we get tickets so easily?

Anywho, he was very kind to take our picture in front of the Roadshow sign.
Cell phone quality, sorry!
Cameras were not allowed and phones had to be turned off once we were in the "holding" area.

Here we are!

And here I am with our items to be appraised.

Initially, we were only going to take 1 of the 4 chairs Matt bought me for my birthday last year.  Then, last week, his mom decided that she would like us to take the framed Chinese tapestry I'm holding in the pic above.  Her grandfather, Frank Bellamy Rutledge, Sr., was a pharmacist in the Navy in 1908 and he was on leave in Shanghai and purchased a couple of items, including the tapestry.  So, we brought it along because it was small and easy to carry.

The only thing we knew about the chairs is this:
circa 1840's
Gothic Revival

We didn't know what kind of wood, if they were really from the 1840's, where were the chairs made, was the leather upolstry original, did we pay too much....these were the things we wanted to know.

So, when you enter for tickets on the Roadshow, they let you give a preference for ticket times.  I chose 9 a.m. because I knew that we would have to go home the same day.  Upon arriving, we had to show our tickets and were directed to the 9 a.m. corral of the huge corral of time slots.  This was a fun time because everyone is checking out everyone else's stuff.

People were not shy about checking out your possessions.
It was fun.
It was also interesting to see what other people consider "treasure".
Beauty is DEFINITELY in the eye of the beholder.

So, after about 20 minutes of being "corralled", we were told to pick up our items and prepare to move.
Also, we had to turn off our cell phones.  If you didn't turn it off and it was detected you would be bounced out of the Roadshow.
We were then directed to the Category Tables.
There are 20 categories for appraisal.
The lady gave us a furniture ticket and an Asian Arts ticket.
Then, we were shown into another large room that was staged for filming.

They only used a small portion of the room for filming, we later decided that was because it was easier to control people and your filming area or "stage" is easier to maneuver for the t.v. cameras.
A circle was made with these big blue felt screen things and they had category signs hanging on them with a table in front and anywhere from 2 -6 appraisers for each category.

We headed for Asian Arts first...the line was short.  There were holding lines outside the blue circle and volunteers would bring a couple of people out at a time for appraisals.  You literally cannot move once you are brought inside the blue....you can however, crane your neck and see what interesting things other people have;)

So, we found out that the tapestry is dated correctly, its from 1908 and its from Shanghai.  Its also silk on silk embroidery.  It was also a major tourist piece from that area and there were literally thousands upons thousands made.  Therefore, not valuable.  Except to us, as a family treasure.  The appraiser was very kind and helpful in giving us information on how to better preserve the piece.

Next, was the furniture line.
We waited a solid 30 minutes to see an appraiser this time because there were lots of pieces of furniture to be seen.

Eventually, we were directed inside the blue area and saw a very nice appraiser whose face lit up when he saw our chair.

I told him what I knew about it and then he filled in the blanks.
The chairs were not made in the 1840's, they were made in the 1860's.  They are made of oak and were probably made in Belgium or the Netherlands.  The leather is original and in great condition.  We paid $150 per chair and they are worth $250 per chair at auction.
Good Deal!

All in all, we were very pleased with the experience and thought it was extremely well organized.
So, there you go!
Our Roadshow experience!!!

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