That ‘thing’ in the attic -- sentinental trash or costly treasure?

Have you ever wondered the value of the vase that your Great Aunt Myrtle left you? What about the painting you found at that garage sale, how much is it worth?

The Alcoa and Foothills Kiwanis Clubs and the Heritage High School and Alcoa High School Key Clubs are sponsoring the second annual Kiwanis Antiques Appraisal Fair to benefit the charitable projects of the Kiwanis Club.

The event, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, at the Sharon Lawson Room in the Blount County Library, will feature renowned appraiser, Joe Rosson. Rosson, who has written and published seven books on antiques, is the Knoxville News Sentinel antique columnist. He also writes a syndicated column featured in newspapers throughout the country and, together with Helaine Fendelman, hosts the PBS series, “Treasures in Your Attic.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing the things that the people of Blount County will bring,” Rosson said. He added that he is pleased to work with the Kiwanis Club to help them raise funds for their charitable projects.

According to David Duggan, chairman of the second annual event, the exciting part of the appraisal clinic is the information the appraisers provide about the pieces brought in by the participants. Duggan said chairs are set up around the appraisal tables so participants can listen to the history lessons the appraiser gives while examining the antiques and attic treasures.

“The people found it to be interesting and enjoyable (last year) to watch the appraisers work,” Duggan said.

At last year’s event, Duggan said he was interested in receiving information about the item he brought to appraisal clinic. He brought in a German Bible published in 1729. He learned the Bible is the most widely-published book. Generally speaking, for it to be valuable, European Bibles should pre-date 1700 and American Bibles should be published prior to 1800. However, Duggan learned that two maps found in his Bible were valued at $1,500 each.

During the Friday appraisal reception, participants will treated to hors’dourves while they listen to Rosson address the crowd to discuss items brought into the clinic. The Friday event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, the appraisal clinic is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No weapons are allowed either day.

Tickets for Friday’s event are $20 for one appraisal and $5 for each additional item brought in to be appraised. For Saturday’s event, tickets are $10 and $5 for each additional item brought in to be appraised.

No weapons will be allowed or appraised. A gemologist will be present on Friday, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, however, if purchased by Alcoa High School or Heritage High School Key Club members, the Kiwanis Club will donate 20 percent of the ticket proceeds to their organization.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match the funds raised by the Alcoa Key Club up to $5,000. The money raised by the Alcoa Key Club will go to the Family Resource Center which is part of the Alcoa City School system.

“The Family Resource Center helps with anything that effects a child and keeps them from learning,” said Judy Rice, the center’s director. She said that all funds for the Family Resource Center comes from community donations. The center helps families in need acquire necessary medications, eyeglasses, mental health care, to name a few.

The Foothills and Alcoa Kiwanis Clubs are community civic club that helps raise funds for charitable projects. “The causes we support relate to children and youth,” Duggan said.

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