MOBILE, Ala. - Hundreds of people turned out for day two of the "What's itWorth?" Antiques Appraisal at the Oakleigh House in downtownMobile. Day one was filled with rare pieces of George Orr Pottery,and unique jewelry boxes. Friday, there were a variety of thingsbrought to the table.
Thomas McKinstry showed off some of his prized possessions,including a pair of paintings he calls "The Girls" and an oldFender guitar. "Paid $5 a piece for them, went without cigarettesfor a week," laughed McKinstry. He hoped they were worth more thansentimental value.
"Fellow offered me $300 for it, and I want to know should I havetaken it," added McKinstry, as he pointed to the Fender guitar.
McKinstry is just one of the hundreds of people who crowded thelawn at the Oakleigh House for "What's it Worth?". All of thepeople hoped their item would catch the appraiser's attention.
Many of you brought in old family heirlooms, or yard sale findsby the truck load so the experts could answer the question, "What'sit Worth?"
"Well, my dad got it from a guy who won it in a stock car race,"said Jerome Smith, holding out a silver watch. "Think he owed himmoney."
Buster Nordmann carried two bags, each with a quilt, and onewith an old radio. "I bought this at a yard sale for $1," saidNordmann, holding up the radio.
"This quilt I paid $10 for 30 years ago, from a 70-year-oldwoman in North Carolina, she said it was her grandmothers." Turnsout, Nordmann's finds weren't worth much more than he paid forthem.
"Decorative value," said appraiser, Jacob Laurence, handlingMcKinsltry's Harlen paintings. "It's pressed, so just enjoy them."As for the guitar, appraiser weren't able to put a price on it justyet, they need time to research the musical instrument.
None the less, McKinstry said it was worth it to come out. "Veryappreciative of these people making an effort," said McKinstry,even if he didn't strike it rich. "And all of the money is for agood cause," he added.
Proceeds from "What's it Worth?", benefit the Penelope House andHistoric Mobile Preservation society.
Marilyn Culpepper, director of the Oakleigh House said close to1,000 people turned out for the two day appraisals. "I got here at6:00 a.m. Friday morning, and by 6:30 there were 30 people alreadyon the lawn."
Culpepper said there was such a great turnout, not everyonecould be seen, so rain checks were given. "We invited them back forour picnic at Oakleigh on May 2, so they can get their appraisal,"said Culpepper.
Some of the most impressive pieces included rare George Orrpottery worth more than $15,000, a Civil War gun with Mobileconnections appraised at $25,000, as well as an 1840's Mobile madesilver pitcher valued at $5,000.
The Oakleigh House staff said they raised more than $8,000 overthe two day period.
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