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Appraisal Fair set at South Lake Tahoe Senior Center

Staff reports

An antique appraisal faire to raise funds for OPEN is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The event will be similar to that seen on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. More than 20 antique appraisers from many different areas of expertise will be on hand to provide valuations. Ranging from militaria and furniture to fine porcelain, silver and toys, experts will be able to advise people whether objects are worth a dollar or need special insurance.

Verbal evaluations will cost $5 per item, with a maximum of three items. No antiques will be bought or sold at the event, so it is strictly for valuations only.

“We expect to see a wide spread of people, from children with their special collections and professionals with artwork, to seniors with silver passed through the generations,” said Billie Bridges, OPEN treasurer.

OPEN believes that this is the first event of this sort in South Lake Tahoe and has planned capacity to see over a thousand antiques during the afternoon.

“I’m excited to have an opportunity to find out the value of some of my favorite things and all to support a great charity as well,” Bridges said.

To complete the afternoon, hot apple cider will be served and there will be live piano music. OPEN is an acronym for Ordinary People meeting Extraordinary Needs. Money raised is used to help Tahoe people with extraordinary medical and ancillary health expenses.