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Treasure Trove show returns to Marysville


Christopher Andersson

Professional appraiser Candace Kingman, left, looks at a European painting brought in by Ed Jones, center, and Nancy Jones during the Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show on March 4.

Marysville locals brought antiques, art, blankets and other items to the Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show on March 4 to learn about their value and history.

The fourth annual show provides locals an opportunity to bring up to two items in to get appraised by a professional appraiser and is put on by the City of Marysville.

Participants often bring items they are not sure about and want to find more about.

"People are always very thrilled when they find out that their item is worth more than they think or even knew," said Maryke Burgess, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center.

Beyond their financial value, many also find out about the history behind their antiques, which is also enriching.

"My favorite thing is learning more about an item that they didn't know before, so that it enriches the story behind the piece," she said.

"Even if it's not worth much, they can walk away with more to tell people about it," she said.

Many different items come in each year, said Burgess.

"This seems to be the year of fine art," she said, as many people brought in art and paintings.

Burgess said one couple brought in a wood inlay that ended up being valued at $5,000 with some heirloom crystal jewelry that ended up being valued at hundreds of dollars as well.

Another women brought in a ring that was valued at tens of thousands of dollars.

Nancy Jones brought in two of her paintings, including a European painting that could have been from the 1800s.

The painting came over from Europe and eventually ended in the hands of her grandfather, who was a New York elevator operator. Jones speculates it was given to her grandfather because of some of the damage on it.

She also "brought in a print that was sold on QVC and probably worth $130," she said.

Jones said that this was her first time at the show, but enjoyed having a local opportunity to find out about her paintings.

"I think it's great that its offered locally. We all have something from somebody that we wonder what it is or what it might be worth," she said. "Particularly for people who don't want to go down to Seattle," she said.

The City of Marysville brings in professional appraisers for the event.

"The expertise and knowledge our appraisers have is so impressive and they all have great general knowledge, but also tend to have something that really enthuses them," she said. This year one appraiser had an appreciation of railroad history items, while another enjoyed north coast Native American art, she said.

People also enjoy the event because it doesn't take that much of their time, and even while waiting they get to hear about the other items that are being appraised, said Burgess.


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