How much is your “attic heirloom” worth?


Many of us have at least one object with an interesting history. Maybe it’s a curio that’s been in the family for generations. Or maybe it’s a flea market bargain that was too tempting to ignore. Even those who don’t fancy themselves “collectors” find they’ve accumulated interesting old stuff over the years. Most of the time, we keep an item because we like it or it has sentimental value, even if we don’t know what its dollar value is.

How would you react if an appraiser told you that item really is a treasure?

It’s a question people all over Rhode Island and southeastern New England can get answered on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick during the Rhode Island PBS Antiques Discovery & Appraisal Show. For the price of admission, New Englanders can bring an “attic heirloom” – an object of unknown or uncertain value – for written appraisal by an accredited appraiser.

Those two features – a written appraisal by an accredited appraiser – distinguish this event as unique among antiques appraisal shows in the region. And if the item is discovered to be of high value or interest, the owner’s story may be included in a TV program being filmed that day and shown later in the year on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

This event is sending a buzz nationally throughout the appraisers’ community, too. It is the first time written appraisals are being issued by accredited appraisers in what can be described as a “marathon” seven-hour event. A thousand items are expected to pass under the scrutiny of a handful of accredited appraisers, with the research support of more than 20 researchers.

As of last week, the following appraiser have signed on: Elizabeth Clement, Elizabeth Clement & Associates, LLC, Danvers, Mass., Richard Conti, Conti Appraisal Service, Attleboro, Mass.; Michelle DuBois, Windsor Art Group, Boston, Mass.; Leonard R. Polivy, Gordon Brothers Group, Boston; and Peter Sorlien, Accredited Appraisers - Peter Sorlien & Associates, Marblehead, Mass.. Steven M. Fusco, Estates Unlimited, Inc. of Cranston is the event sponsor.

There is no buying or selling at this event. The ticket is $65 and permits one written appraisal of one item, plus admits one guest (two people). Tickets are sold in advance only; no tickets at the door. Visit for more information.


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