Free Antiques Appraisal at Stafford Library May 29

May 21, 2014

Do you have an old item at home that you think might be valuable? At the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library, Victorian Vanities will be on hand to appraise your item on Thursday, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m.

One item is permitted per person; no gold jewelry will be accepted. Only the first 40 people will be admitted.

Rochelle Christopher, executive director of the Philadelphia-based company, said the appraising will be done by John H. Thompson Jr., owner of the Bird-In-Hand Consignment Shop in Philadelphia. Christopher said she would give an American history talk during the program.

What makes for very valuable items?

“Any glassware made in New Jersey in the 19th century,” she said. “Old toys are good, but not from the 1960s. You need to go back to the 1930s, 1920s or earlier.”

She said Hummel figurines have dropped in value.

“A tea set you picked up at a garage sale probably wouldn’t be worth much,” said Christopher. “You might find something of value if you look through items kept by your grandparents. And if you have something that dates back to the Civil War or earlier, then you might have something very valuable.”

For more information, call the branch at 609-597-3381. —E.E.

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