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Expanded "What'$ It Worth?" in F'burg


The Gillespie County Historical Society's popular "What'$ It Worth?" event returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg in April.
This year's event includes a new, juried photo contest, new, informative seminars and added expert appraisers.
Eight independent antique appraisers will be available from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 16, to appraise treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, photographs, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia. The event will follow a format similar to the popular TV antiques appraisal show.
Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available.
Visitors can also purchase tickets for seminars on Saturday conducted by experts in Antique Guns and Firearms, Texas Art and Furniture, Antiques 101, and Incorporating Antiques in Today's Homes. Seminars are $10 each, or guests can purchase VIP tickets for $50. A VIP ticket will admit the holder to up to four seminars by antique experts and includes two appraisals.
On Friday evening, April 15, guests are invited to a catered cocktail reception from 6:30 pm to 9 pm in the historical Sanctuary and Social Hall of the Museum. The reception features Bruce Shackelford, frequent appraiser in the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, as the guest speaker. Shackelford, former director of the Creek Indian Council House Museum, has served as curator for a number of exhibits for the Witte Museum and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.
The public is invited to submit entries for the new, juried photo contest. The theme is black and white historical images from a creative point of view, and is to be the photographer's original work.
The jury will award prizes of $100, $50 and $25 for top entries in each of two categories - the Youth category is for anyone in 12th grade or below; the Open category is for those aged 19 and above.
Entry fees are $10 per image or 3 images for $25 and contestants may enter as many images as they wish. This is to be a clothesline art show and no framing costs will be involved.
Contest entries are due with payment by April 12 at the Society office, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg 78624. Further details will be made available on the website.
Event appraisers are independent of the museum and society. Appraisals are for fair-market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes.
No appraisals offered on jewelry or Oriental items. The Museum holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.
For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-997-2835, email, or visit online at

Pictured: The public is invited to have antiques appraised at the "What'$ It Worth" event returning to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on April 15 and 16.