So, the big question: What's it worth?
With the popularity of such shows as "Antique Roadshow," "American Pickers" and the like, the River Falls Public Library is hosting an event for citizens to get their items appraised.
Mark Moran of Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art will be at the library starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Items that Moran, who has appeared on "Antique Roadshow" and will make a return appearance in July and August, will appraise include: fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photos, early advertising, folk art, toys, metal ware, silver, clocks and costume jewelry.
Moran mentioned that he does not appraise weapons, coins, paper money, precious or fine jewelry or Beanie Babies.
"There has to be a way to control the conversation otherwise people will bring items that I don't know anything about," he added.
Besides doing the show at the library, Moran said he is available to do home visits. He said typically this is for people who have large items, a lot of items or fragile items that need to be appraised. He said the fee is $75/hour.
Moran asked that people who would like an appraisal slot at the library call library event coordinator Jera Terreng at 715-426-3496.
Terreng said that people need to set up an appointment ASAP, since they are limited and first come, first serve. Terreng said about a third of the available slots are already booked.
She added that so far items Moran will appraise include paintings, chairs, dishware, dolls, a clock and jewelry.
She added that the $10 per item fee is required by May 1.
Moran said the goal of his event is "to bring a fun and educational event to residents of communities large and small in the upper Midwest that may never get to attend 'Antiques Roadshow,' or who can't afford an elaborate certified appraisal."
Moran describes the appraisal event as "theater -- so expect humor, anecdotes, tall tales and just a lot of fun."
For more information about the May 9 antique appraisal at the public library, call Terreng at 715-426-3496. Visit Moran's website at
www.markfmoran.com for more information about Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art.