PARKERSBURG - An item purchased at a yard sale for a dollar can found to be worth a lot more if it is properly appraised.
Parkersburg resident Keith McClung learned that Sunday during the first "What's It Worth?" antique appraisal clinic conducted by the Parkersburg Art Center and the Parkersburg Antique Mall at the art center in downtown Parkersburg.
The event was a fundraiser for the art center's programs.
McClung, who lives in a historic home in Parkersburg, said he enjoys browsing yard and estate sales, looking for items that catch his interest more than trying to find hidden treasures. For Sunday's clinic, he brought in some toy cars, some dolls and a pair of small wall tapestries. One of the tapestries, purchased for $1, was appraised at being worth at least $200.
"This is just a great event," he said of Sunday's program.
Visitors to Sunday's clinic could bring three or four items to be appraised for $20. The categories for appraisal included: furniture/stoneware/crocks, ceramics/dishes, glassware, dolls/toys, art/painting/sketches/engravings, jewelry/watches/coins, textiles/quilts, military/firearms, books/ephemera/papers, hunting/fishing accessories and items of local interest.
Yvonne Danos, of Marietta, thought Sunday's event was nice. She has watched shows like "Antique Roadshow" and was interested in having some items appraised, including some jewelry her father picked up in Australia while serving in the U.S. Navy during the late 1950s.
"It's something we can go to locally that normally you only see on TV," she said of Sunday's clinic.
Fefe Gordon, of Walker, brought some items to Sunday's event, including an antique double-barrel shotgun, an old military picture and pottery. Most of the items had been in her family for about 20 years, usually picked up at sales, although "one thing I found in the trash that somebody had thrown away," she said.
Gordon enjoyed bringing the items to Sunday's clinic.
"I learned how old they are, how much they are worth and not to shoot that double-barrel shotgun," she said, adding the shotgun was determined to have been made between 1890 and 1910.
Rachel Carson and Mary McMahan, both of New Matamoras, brought in some family heirlooms to be appraised at Sunday's clinic. It was their first time attending an appraisal clinic and both enjoyed the experience.
"It's great, I would bring a few things in next year if they have it again," Carson said.
Due to the positive response to Sunday's event, art center director Abby Hayhurst said there is a strong possibility the event will be held again next year. About 150 people brought in items Sunday, she said.
"This is the first year of something I bet we're going to do every year," Hayhurst said. "People who have been here have been complimentary and have enjoyed it. We're having a good time, it's interesting and I've learned a lot," she said.
Rebecca Saylor, one of the guest appraisers, said she present to help appraise quilts, dolls and textiles. She enjoyed helping with the event and said a lot of interesting thing were brought in.
"Some of the things, I haven't seen before," she said.