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Treasure Trove returns to Marysville


Christopher Andersson

Carol Wilson, left, has a porcelain vase appraised by Greg Brown at Marysville's Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show on March 14.

Locals brought their antiques to Marysville's City Hall on March 14 to get their items appraised and see where in history they were from.

This is the second year for the city's Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show, where locals could have items looked at by professional appraisers for $10 an item.

Many people brought in interesting items, including some pieces of history, said Maryke Burgess, activities coordinator at Marysville Parks and Recreation.

Those items included a document that had Adolf Hitler's signature on it, a shawl from a woman that was on the Mayflower, an antique high chair from the 1800s and an antique lifesaver from the U.S.S. Saratoga, said Burgess.

Some found themselves with unexpectedly valuable items, like one woman who came in with a collection of framed buttons, said Burgess. Each button ended up being valued at more than $1,000, and the collection in total was valued at more than $20,000.

Local Donna Larsen said most people probably have things they don't realize are worth some money.

"We brought in an old Indian painting last year that we didn't think it would be worth anything but it turned out it was valued at $350," she said.

Edmonds resident Carol Wilson brought in a porcelain vase which she bought for $35, but was valued between $160 and $600. She said more research would have to be put into how renown the artist was that made it, though.

Wilson said she appreciated having an appraisal event nearby and said the last one she went to she had to drive to Ocean Shores for.

She appreciated learning about the history of the items as well.

"It's interesting to learn about your items and where they came from, but it's also just interesting sitting and watching the other people with their belongings and learn about them," she said.

Burgess said the event's first year last year was a success and that people enjoyed it so much they were very active in signing up this year and returning. Appraisers from Victor Appraisal Services did the appraising the first year and returned this year.

She said many people enjoyed learning about their antiques.

"When someone discovers their piece is not worth that much it may be disappointing, but often they learn about the history of that item and it unlocks this new life for the item because now it means something and is connected to history," she said.

Donna Larsen and husband Stan Larsen learned about their personal histories through the event as well.

Stan Larsen said he didn't want to throw out a lot of his items without researching them first. He brought in a metal stencil that may have been from the dairy farm his family once owned, while Donna brought in a painting that was from the Oklahoma land rush.

"We have been trying to learn about our family history so we've been both looking through all these old items and bringing them here helps that family research," she said.

The Cottages of Marysville is the major sponsor for the event and Burgess wanted to thank them for their contributions to make the event happen.


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