Antiques Personality Roadshow in Newburgh

PBS’ Antiques Roadshow fascinates me endlessly. Guests will describe an ugly, horrible tchotchke to the reviewers and I’ll wonder, “Where the hell would you put something like that?”

And then I hear one of them say, “Well, that belonged to (insert the name of a random royal family member) In the 1920’s ; I’ll give you two million for that.” Jaw = abandoned.

I don’t know how many times I’ve over-examined an item I don’t have much use for and wondered if I could clean up like they do on the popular public TV series. Maybe if I find something by Saturday March 26, then I can ask an authority on the matter. This is because an authority on the subject will be in Newburgh that day. His nickname? The ancient nomad.

His name is George Higby and he was once a guest at Antiques Roadshow, which led to training sessions with the show’s reviewers. Today, Higby travels the country making appearances at appraisal fairs AND making foreigners very happy in the process.

Or maybe not. There’s always the chance that that beautiful vase in the corner belonged to the sister-in-law of Queen Victoria’s gardener’s cousin and therefore isn’t worth much. OR it could be some weird motive that could set you up for life.

But I think it would be fun to just be part of the process; any revelation that you actually had real treasure in your hands would be icing on the cake.

Higby will be at the Newburgh Museum Antique Market this Saturday hoping to give many people the best Saturday ever. describes Antiques Roadshow as a “thriller thriller”. I think it’s hilarious but also on target. It’s really like an exciting game show where you sit down and listen to all the information about where an item comes from and then find out if you can retire or if you have to keep snooping around the attic for something. OTHER who will make the “big score”. The website also tells us how to get items on the show and how to get them reviewed once they’re there.

I’m sure George Higby will get a lot of questions of this nature this weekend.

Hmm, I just found a sterling silver tie clip that belonged to my dad. I wonder…

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