Lisa Peterson shares a cautionary tale she can't get out of her mind: An elderly couple was befriended by a clever antiques dealer, who bought a photo from them for $100. The dealer then resold it for $3,000.
"Elders here have closets full of stuff, and I don't want to see them cheated," said Peterson, marketing and promotional director for Mendenhall Center, formerly the Mendenhall Mall. The center is holding its second annual Antiques and Collectibles Show through Sunday.
The show features Eugene, Oregon, appraisers William "Randy" Nelson and his wife, Randeen Cummings, whose specialties range from brewery-related items to furniture. The couple will conduct appraisals for the general public from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The fee is $10 for the first item appraised in a visit, and $5 for each additional item. Each person in line is limited to three items, Peterson said, but then may get back into the line.
Assisting Nelson and Cummings with appraisals will be David and Peggy Simons of Forget-Me-Not Antiques. Their specialties are textiles and vintage quilts, vintage glassware, Alaska Native art and Alaskana, David Simons said.
Two seminars conducted by Cummings & Associates will be among the highlights of the Antiques and Collectibles show. An E-bay seminar will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at Electronic Adventures. Each person who attends will work on a computer terminal; attendance is limited to 12 per class. Cost is $35.
"They will develop a html (catalog page) for the item they want to sell," Peterson said. "They'll learn how to describe their items with key words that will help to market it. And they'll be given a floppy disk with step-by-step instructions on how to do it, to take home with them."
The second seminar is an estate seminar scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, in Mendenhall Centers' conference room. The interactive class is limited to 35 people per class. The fee is $25. Each student may bring two items for appraisals.
"We give a lot of information about value of items on an estate level," Cummings said. "There is a difference in value between personal property and real property. We talk about estate sales, garage sales, and how to spot reproductions, as well as insurance policies and what they really mean. We stress the power of knowledge so people can make good judgments."
The show is sponsored in part by Mendenhall Center merchants, Goldbelt Family Travel, Travelodge Hotel, KATH TV, Music in the Micks, Good Humor Balloons, Electronic Adventures and Juneau Rent-a-Wreck.
For details or to register for either of the seminars, call 789-0090.
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