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Locals get appraisals of antiques, heirlooms


March 28, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Marysville local Judi Sabunen, right, gets a Scandinavian belt appraised by Shelly Lane of Flanagan & Lane Antiques, left, and Frank Myraas during the Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show on March 24.

Marysville locals brought their antiques and family heirlooms to get appraised as part of the city's annual Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show on March 24.

For $10 the show provides residents an opportunity to get a quick appraisal of items and learn their history.

"We have two appraisers that are meeting with different people that would like to have their antiques appraised," said Joanna Martin, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center where the event took place.

Locals brought in a variety of items, from paintings to tea sets. Often the items had been passed down through their family and the origins and history had been lost.

"A lot of people have that stuff and they don't really know where to go, so it's nice to have these little appraisals," said local Judi Sabunen.

She came to the event to get some of her jewelry appraised. "I inherited family heirlooms and stuff from uncles, grandparents, mom," she said.

Appraisers looked at jewelry and a Scandinavian belt she brought in.

"I learned a lot," she said. "Like if it's not real or worth looking into more."

One necklace she brought in, which resembled whale teeth with gold in them, was actually made of ivory and gold, although the ivory was from a walrus or narwhal.

"I'm glad it wasn't elephant," she said.

Local Stan Larsen brought in a two-fingered baseball mitt that has been in his family for a very long time.

"It belonged to my dad," he said, "and I used to play with it when I was a kid."

"It was old then. We didn't grow up with a lot of money, so it could have been used even back then," he said.

There was also the name of a player on the mitt, but it was too faint to make out.

"I put it in this bag back in the '90s and other than that it has just been sitting on the shelf," said Larsen.

"It's something I don't want to see just go in the garbage," he said.

The Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show gives locals a simple opportunity to find out more about their items.

Larsen said he has only missed one of the shows since it started.

"This year I had all this stuff I was going to bring in, but I waited until the last minute and couldn't find it," he said.

Sabunen said that it is a convenient way to learn about her antiques.

"It's close by, for one, and inexpensive. If you think you're going to have something appraised, you think it's going to be expensive," she said, but that isn't the case.

Waiting at the center and watching others learn about their items is also part of the fun, said Larsen.

"You kind of like to hear the story on them," he said. "Some of them had some neat stories."


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