By Francine Fulton – Community Courier
Local residents are invited to bring their old books, paintings, memorabilia and other objects they feel might have value to an Appraisal Fair that will be held at the Brandywine Consignment Shop, 368 W. Uwchlan Ave. (Route 113), on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This the first time a fundraiser is being held at the shop, which will be open during the event.
“We will have a tent on the grassy area of the consignment shop (where the appraisals will take place),” explained Nancy Oliver, shop manager. “A fee will be charged per appraisal, and we’re limiting it to three items per person.”
There will be four expert appraisers in attendance. The first, Mike Walden, manages a 185-dealer antique shop in Denver. Also in attendance will be Jason Hafer, who specializes in old books; Lia Joseph, who is an estate settler and has worked for 40 years in antiques; and Annette Smith, who has over 20 years experience in antiques and collectibles.
Also featured during the day will be door prizes and a baked goods sale.
Oliver said that people may bring in any items from their homes for apprisal, such as pottery, pictures, books and prints. “For oversized items,” she said, “they can bring as many pictures of the item as they want, or maybe bring in a drawer to help to determine age.”
She said the experts will help people determine what items are worth based on the current market. “Sometimes people assume that if something is old, it automatically has value, but that is not always the case,” she said. “Books from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s can be more valuable than a book from 1860. It takes an expert to determine what is more valuable.”
Oliver said that those that do not have items to appraise are welcome to watch and learn from the experts, in a similar way that they would from watching Antiques Road Show on television.
Visitors will also be welcome to shop at the Brandywine Consignment Shop, known as “the little yellow house.” The shop offers like-new men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, as well as household goods, books and more.
Proceeds from the appraisal fair and the shop benefit the health-related programs and services offered by the Brandywine Health Foundation.
Tickets for the Appraisal Fair are currently available at the consignment shop. For more information, interested readers may contact Oliver at the store at 610-269-8622. More information is also available at www.brandywinefoundation.org.