Kim Appleton waited patiently in the appraisal line Saturday afternoon with a pillow case of treasures.
The Carson City resident has spent her life scavenging through abandoned buildings looking for items left behind.
“I grew up in the Mojave Desert, and we used to dig up stuff there,” the Carson City resident said. “I start digging and looking. I’m just a curious person.”
Appleton was one of more than 225 people who took advantage of the appraisal clinic at the Antiques Show and Sale at Carson Valley Inn.
One of Appleton’s pieces was an 1876 map of California and Nevada.
“It’s even before Nevada has all of Nevada,” Appleton said. “My dad gave it to me. It’s been hanging in my husband’s man cave for 25 years.”
Appleton also had a child’s cup, a quilt and a Ted Williams autographed baseball. The highlight of her collection was a Chinese checker marble.
“I’m not worried about the money, I just want to find out the history and dates,” she said of the marble. “The curator at the Nevada State Museum thought it was worth $5,000-$10,000. He wanted me to donate it.”
One Gardnerville resident who asked that her full name not be used, brought a Daum Nancy vase from the late 1800s.
“It’s been in our family maybe three generations,” Sharon said. “My mom on her death bed told me she wanted me to have it, so I knew it was worth something, but I had no idea what.”
Appraiser Martha Wiliams valued the vase at $5,000-6,000.
“This is the first one I’ve seen,” Williams said. “It’s a beautiful piece, hand-painted. Anyone who appreciates antiques, especially cameo glass would love this.”
The sale part of the show boasted close to 18 vendors of jewelry, furniture, weapons, art, housewares and hubcaps.
Dayton resident Melanie Massey bought an antique nightstand and trombone on Saturday.
The trombone was for her brother.
“He likes antique musical instruments,” Massey said. “And he lives in Vegas so I don’t have to hear him play it.”
The 1950s nightstand Massey said was for herself.
“I would rather have my whole house furnished in antiques,” she said. “They’re made better and they have memories. It makes me think about who’s used it before.”
By the end of the show on Sunday, the high-ticket item appraised was a Patek Phillipe minute-repeater pocket watch in an 18K gold hunter case.
Appraiser Tom Bartels valued the watch at $15,000.
“I’ve seen them before, but you don’t see them very often. He (the owner) knew it was valuable. I think he was surprised by how much,” Bartels said. “It was in mint condition. Some of them can go up to a quarter million dollars, and the high-end ones can go in excess of that.”
Appleton, however, didn’t get the news she was hoping for with her Chinese marble.
Williams valued it at $45.
“I’m not disappointed. I’m probably going to donate it to the museum,” she said. “If it means something to Nevada, and it’s from here, then I’ll leave it here.”
Next year’s antiques show and sale is Jan. 10 and 11 at Carson Valley Inn.
For more information, call Williams at 782-4951.