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West Wateree Rotary to host antique road show

Appraisals offer insight in true value of belongings

Posted: February 15, 2011 5:13 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Have you ever wondered what your old trinkets and treasures may actually be worth?  The West Wateree Rotary Club is offering a unique opportunity to the public on Feb. 26. For $25, anyone can have two items appraised by local experts Andy van Dam and Walter Slocum. Patty and John Ivy from Laurens will also be on site to offer appraisals.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kershaw County Recreation Department on West DeKalb Street, Camden.

Proceeds from the event will go towards a Rotary Scholarship Program for a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, as well as help support the West Wateree Rotary Polio Fundraiser.

“This is really a fantastic opportunity for everyone,” van Dam said. “We plan to help people learn the true value of their possessions as well as raise money for scholarships and polio.”

The experts at the event will only offer appraisals, not bids to purchase any items. No musical instruments or furniture will be appraised.

However, fine arts, paintings, coins, military memorabilia, Civil War uniforms and medals are encouraged.

“In this depressed time,” van Dam said, “many people find themselves selling items to make ends meet They may not really know what the item is worth when they accept an offer from a dealer. We want to make sure people know the true value of what they have.”

He said he expects to see a lot of silver, porcelain statues and other family heirlooms come in to be appraised Feb. 26.

Many times, it is the elderly that are taken advantage of when trying to sell antiques or other valuable items, van Dam said.

“We are offering a chance for people to have their items appraised at an affordable price,” he said. “It should be a fun day for everyone.”

He encourages everyone with knick knacks or trinkets to bring them in to be checked out.

“Whether you think they are valuable or not, bring them in and see. You may be surprised,” van Dam said.
West Wateree Rotary President Fred Davidson said he’s looking forward to the event, and is excited about the experience it will offer the public.

“Finding out exactly what your treasures in the attic are actually worth is exciting. The piece of crystal that belonged to your aunt or the silver tea set you inherited from your grandparents...all may be more valuable than you ever suspected or dreamed,” he said.

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