Thursday, January 12, 2012
It’s not every day you can take a personal treasure and find out locally what it’s worth. That’s just the opportunity provided by the Arts, Business and Civic Coalition’s (ABCC) upcoming Critique My Antique event. It will be held in just two days, on Sunday, January 15, from 1-5 pm in the Summerville High School Cafeteria, at 1101 Boone Hill Rd. Tickets, at only $10 per item, will be available at the door, if you haven’t already gotten them at local First Citizen Bank locations or from the ABCC website: www.ABCCsummerville.org. You can bring that treasure and get what ABCC Board Member Monica Shows calls a “verdict on your vintage.”
Some people travel long distances to get such appraisals. There is even a popular television program – “Antiques Roadshow” – which itself travels all over the country to seek out and set a value on personal antiques as well as unusual and collectible items. On a recent show, after being given some excellent news about one of his personal treasures, I watched as a senior citizen commented “I guess this means I don’t have to just depend on Social Security anymore!”
Your own treasure hunt might not bring such vast good news – but who knows? And you don’t have to travel very far to find out. At least you’ll get an idea of the monetary worth of something you’ve inherited, or purchased, and enjoyed over the years. Or you may have an experience similar to that of one Summerville woman, who at last year’s Critique brought in an old painting she had either stored away or hung in a guest room. After it was valued in the $15-$20,000 range, she had it cleaned and hung in the living room!
Appraisers for this event come from Charleston, Bluffton, Florence, Folly Beach, Johns Island, Mt. Pleasant and Younge’s Island. Many of them are returning from last year and Monica tells me that were very impressed by the items brought in 2011 and are really looking forward to discovering some new treasurers in 2012.
The event is sponsored by Tidelands Bank. Committee members include Margaret Bailey, Valerie Broussard, Sharon Klaus, Jane Orenstein, Cyndy Phillips (chair) and Monica Shows.
Not only can Critique benefit the attendees, but it is a fundraiser for the ABCC, which has as its mission “Enriching the lives of the citizens of the Greater Summerville area by providing a civic center to promote cultural arts, business and civic opportunities.” ABCC 2012 board members, who, along with Executive Director Cyndy Jackson, are supporting and helping with the event include: Jacqueline Cooney, Don Nye, Buck Inabinet, Brian Mitchum, Terry Moore, Jane Orenstein, Monica Shows, Robby Robbins (chair), Barbara Stroble, Cecil Toulan, Judy Watts, and Sarah Windham.
Does anybody else out there remember Scavenger Hunts? Back (waaay back) in my day these events were tremendously popular. It was the thrill of the hunt, the pleasure you got in sharing your finds with others, and the elation you felt when (and if!) you got a prize yourself. Come on out Sunday afternoon after you’ve scavenged your treasures. Share your finds with others at the event – and – prepare to celebrate if one of your precious items turns out to be even more prized than you imagined.