Macomb Historical Commission hosts appraisal fair

    The first antique appraisal fair in Macomb Township Saturday aims to be a quicker, more abbreviated version of “Antiques Roadshow.”

    The Macomb Township Historical Commission will host the Antique Appraisal Fair from 9 a.m. to noon at Macomb Township Hall, located at 25 Mile and Broughton roads in Macomb Township.

    “It is a great idea, maybe to raise awareness for the commission as well as fundraising for it…From what we know there are three legs to it, raising awareness for the commission, making a few dollars if we can and providing a service to the community,” Macomb Township Historical Commission Secretary Wayne Oehmke said.

    Two professional appraisers from Abbott’s Coins, Jewelry and Loans in Birmingham will be present at the fair, donating their services to offer professional appraisal expertise. John Abbott, a co-principal at Abbott’s Coins and Jewelry, will appraise gems, jewelry and coins at the event. Geff Jewell of the same appraisal firm will appraise all other types of personal property.

    Appraisals will be done on a first come first serve basis.

    “We expect to have two known appraisers, official, dedicated appraisers in the business. It should move along fairly rapidly I would think,” Macomb Township Historical Commission Vice President Milt Miller said.

    Cost is $5 per antique item and there is a five item per person limit for the appraisals. Attendees will receive a ticket for items to be appraised, Macomb Township Historical Commission President Peggy Accardo added. Although attendees are not encouraged to bring large items such as furniture, appropriate pictures of large items can be brought for an estimated appraisal of the item instead. All appraisals will be summary appraisals rather than the type made for insurance purposes, Abbott added.

    “We approved doing it and picked May. Everybody is cleaning out stuff and usually has stuff from spring cleaning,” Accardo said.

    Unlike “Antiques Roadshow” the event will not be televised and appraisers will offer an appraisal only, not fact finding or historical background on items, Oehmke said.

    “It is kind of a fast track appraisal, we are not having a historical review of the items,” Oehmke said.

    Funds raised will benefit the commission in its work to preserve the township’s history. The commission has some historical pieces that are currently being stored in the basement of Macomb Township Hall, and has recorded video interviews of some township residents as oral history pieces. Its ultimate goal is to obtain its own building or area to display and add to its collection of historical pieces.

    The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved a section of township property for a historical village on April 24, 2013. The property is located north of the township recreation center west parking area. Money raised through the appraisal fair could help the commission to establish a gazebo structure in the area, according to Accardo.

    Accardo said that she considered the possibility of the commission hosting an antiques appraisal fair after learning about a similar fair held in Rochester for many years.

    “From what I understand, it is a good fundraiser,” Accardo said.

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