Having an eye for detail

Antique Evaluation Day fundraiser at the Folsom History Museum Sept. 12
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Correspondent
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Ever wonder the worth and importance of the candlestick sitting on your bookshelf that has been passed down for generations? It’s time to find the answer. The annual Antique Evaluation Day fundraiser at Folsom History Museum will bring antique professionals to appraise household items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. “We have 15 appraisers who have a variety of expertise,” said Candy Miller, 63, museum volunteer who has helped organize the event for the past 12 years. She has also volunteered at the Folsom History Museum for the past 15 years. The cost for participants is $8 per evaluation or five evaluations for $35. Registration occurs at the event. “I think history is one thing that our city has and it is important we work to preserve it,” Miller said who has been a Folsom resident with her husband, Bob, since 1985. The event is sponsored by local businesses including Folsom Lake Bank, Bernau Development, Folsom Rotary Annes, The Rotary Club of Folsom, Folsom Chamber of Commerce, Pizzaria Classico and Karen’s Bakery Café. “It’s a great fundraiser for the history museum, the money goes right back into the museum to keep its doors open,” Miller said. “It’s one of those events that I never have trouble getting volunteers for because it’s so much fun and every year there is always one big surprise of a wonderful treasure.” The event geared toward adults, explained Miller, is an inexpensive way for people to bring in antique household objects to be appraised. “Once I had this friend come in and bring an ornate object that just sat on their hutch in their home. … It was appraised for over $20,000,” Miller said. Participants may bring in photographs of furniture or large items that are not easily transportable. Appraiser Gary Cox of Antique Answer Man, specializing in decorative arts, explained the fundraiser is both beneficial for the Folsom History Museum and participants. “This is a good thing to support and people are always looking to make money — I encourage people to come out and have appraisers look at something before getting rid of it,” Cox said. He has worked as a dealer for 30 years and an appraiser for over 20 years. Cox explained that on average he charges $125 per hour for home appraisals, therefore this is a good way to have a few items appraised for a small price. “This (event) is really a bargain,” Cox said. “We have quite a number of appraisers in different specialties so people should come out and bring their items.” Nick Nicholson, of The Nicholson Music Company in Folsom, specializes in stringed instruments and has worked as an appraiser for the event for the past five years. “This is a good cause and is very inexpensive … what we don’t know, we will do the research on for no extra charge,” Nicholson said. He has worked as an appraiser for 35 years and has owned his business for 24 years. This year his son, Erich Nicholson, will take his place as an appraiser at the event. “This is a learning experience, so look in your attic and bring something (to the event) because you never know what you will find,” Nicholson said. WHO WILL BE THERE? Appraisers attending include Jim Alkons of Northern California Art Conservators specializing in fine art and paintings; Randall Abbott specializing in Asian antiques and collectables; Mark Baker specializing in postcards, letters, photos, stamps and maps; Gary Cox of Antique Answer Man specializing in decorative arts including china, furniture and collectables; Robert Flaherty specializing in coins and guns; Dawn Licker of Quilters Corner specializing in quilts; Oscar Lugo of Oscar Lugo Fine Jewelry specializing in estate jewelry and gems; Marshall Martin specializing in antique dolls, doll furniture and doll accessories; Erich Nicholson of The Nicholson Music Company specializing in stringed instruments; Roman Oleynik of Precious Gems Jewelers specializing in watches and clocks; Herb Puffer of Pacific Western Traders specializing in Native American arts; Sylvia Fitzgerald, ISA of A.A.E.S. specializing in art glass, porcelain and art pottery; Douglas E. Petok, G. G. of Pinnacle Gems & Collectables specializing in fine jewelry, gems and art objects; Amanda Castro of Amanda’s Antiques & Appraisals specializing in vintage clothing and costume jewelry and Greg Tracy specializing in weapons and military memorabilia.