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What's It Worth: getting your valuables appraised


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Ever wondered what your treasured goods are worth? Maybe it's time to dust them off and find out. Mark Moran, an antique and vintage collector and appraiser, said, "Take the time to do the research...Consult an auctioneer. Consult an antique dealer. Consult an appraiser." Moran said, "People might be surprised at the range of objects and range of values that they'll come across."

The third annual "What's It Worth" event was held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Audrey Parrett, a patron at the event, held an antique, glass jewelry box she received from her mother. "This belonged to my mother. And, it was always on her dresser I remember growing up. I learned that it was in the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis."

Other items, like furniture, quilts and artwork, took the stage. Claran Ramsdell brought in an antique chair that belonged to her family. Ramsdell said, "He (Mark Moran) said it was probably from around the 1900. And he thought it was a really quirky chair and interesting. He said it would be probably worth around 200-dollars."

About 40 to 50 patrons had their items appraised at the event, said Bess Arneson, the public relations and programming librarian at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Some locals walked in not expecting to walk out with more than what they had in mind. Stephen Andrews, an Eau Claire resident, said, "I felt that this was (holding picture) worth, in my own mind you know, from research and collecting that this would be worth twenty-five hundred. And it was double that. So I'm pretty excited."

For observers in the audience, they didn't leave empty handed. Arneson said, "And the people who bring the items in have interesting stories about where that item came from and how long it's been in their family. So I think the biggest reaction is how interesting it has been to listen to."

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