Watkins Museum invites public to ‘Know Your Antiques’ at Saturday event

photo by: Mike Yoder

The Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

If you’ve ever wondered about the potential value of an estate sale impulse buy (can one really have too many coasters? … is a question I have been asking myself to no avail for years now) or family heirloom, you might find some answers at this weekend’s “Know Your Antiques” event, hosted by the Watkins Museum of History at 1047 Massachusetts St.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., history buffs, “Antiques Roadshow” fans and lovers of old stuff can have their antiques appraised by local experts, then participate in presentations on caring for family heirlooms and behind-the-scenes tours of the Watkins collections. (All for a small fee, of course.)

Experts include: quilter and quilt historian Barbara Brackman (quilts and textiles), Ernie Cummings of Kizer Cummings Jewelers (jewelry), Mass Street Music Store owner and “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser Jim Baggett (musical instruments), Patricia Graham, owner of Asian Art Research & Appraisals (Asian art); Dirk Soulis, owner and principal auctioneer of Dirk Soulis Auctions (fine and decorative art); and Soodie Beasley, art and antique appraiser (fine and decorative art).

Tickets cost $5 per item or $12 for 3 items if you’re a Douglas County Historical Society member, and $10 per item or $25 for 3 items if you’re not. They can be purchased at the door or online. All proceeds benefit the Watkins Museum.

Check out www.watkinsmuseum.org for details.