Host an Appraisal Fair!

Treasures From the Attic is an appraisal fair program developed by Accredited Antiques Appraiser, Shirley Baumann of Heirloom Appraisal & Estate Services. Shirley and her associates tailor the program to your organizations’ needs depending on the size of the event and your goals. They have conducted dozens of these events and are sure to make yours an appraisal fair to remember!

What is an appraisal fair?

An appraisal fair is an event in which people bring their antiques and collectibles and get a verbal approximation of value from antiques experts. It’s patterned after the popular PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow.”

Why host an appraisal fair?

It can be an exciting event that draws generations together. Seniors bring things they have grown up with, and younger generations bring things that were handed down from parents, grandparents, great grandparents or others. It can generate enthusiasm and publicity for your organization, and it can even be a fundraiser.

Who can host an appraisal fair?

Almost any organization can host an appraisal fair. Some organizations that have been successful at hosting appraisal fairs include historical societies, arts councils, museums, colleges, antiques shops, public libraries, public television stations, church groups, senior centers, nursing homes and others.

What do we have to do?

All you really need to do is provide space for people to gather, put up some tables and chairs, secure the antiques expert/s, and publicize the event. If you want this to be a fundraiser you can sell tickets and food during the event.

Where do we start?

Contact Shirley Baumann of Heirloom Appraisal and Estate Services to schedule your event. When you hire Shirley you not only get antiques expertise, you get an experienced consultant who can help you through the planning and organization of your event.

What are Shirley Baumann’s qualifications?

Shirley is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. She has been an appraiser for 7 years and antiques dealer for 13 years. She is also a Registered Wisconsin Auctioneer and carries the designation Certified Estate Specialist from the National Auctioneers Association.

What other programs are available?

Passing on Personal Property – or Who Gets Grandpa’s Rocking Chair? is a program that stands alone or can be paired with an appraisal fair. It tells families how to start discussions about passing down the special things that families collect which have emotional consequences. The ins and outs of various ways families handle this delicate matter are discussed. Shirley’s experiences with many families in this situation offer numerous examples of what worked and didn’t for other families.