CHILLIWACK CULTURAL CENTRE – October 11, 2018 – 10 AM – 5 PM

“Antiques in the Attic”


9201 Corbould Street,    604-391-7469.

Art and Antiques Identification Day

Thursday, October 11th, 2018  – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fee – $45.00 – a portion of all proceeds goes to the Chilliwack Arts Centre.

Call 604-391-7469 – reserve your space for fifteen minute sessions.  

Verbal Opinion-of-Value Appraisals

Are your trinkets trash or treasure?  

Come to the Cultural Centre, watch the appraisals and meet others who also have interesting items/questions on Grandma’s favourite teapot, vase, statue, sterling silver or maybe another ‘out of this world’ painting. “You know the story of the Tom Thompson work of art – found in Vernon – and was later sold at Heffel Fine Art Auction House for a rather good price last May,” shares appraiser Marian Blundell. Maybe this could be you!

Do you have one of these little hidden gems? You can ask Marian and Peter anything, but you only have 15 minutes for each appointment, with a maximum of three items per session. You can always book a second or third appointment though!

Downsizing? Yes, we are all doing that believe it or not. Now is a great time for those questions – How to sort? – How to organize? What is good? What is Salvation Army /Value Village/Recycling centres. Dust it off! Unwrap it from the forgotten tucked away box! That painting hanging behind the furnace.

Planning a garage sale soon? It may be October but not too late!  If you are not sure about an item– check with Marian and Peter at the appraisal day. They know the value!!!

Don’t forget furniture! Yes, they do that also. If it is too big to bring, then take a photo, measurements, and bring a drawer with you so they can check for age.

Appointments required – call 604-391-7469 – 15 minute appointments – Peter will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  

Idea – Phone the Box Office – 604-391-7469 – make an appointment, and tell the office people what you will be bringing in to show them.  They will ask you to take a photo of it and email it to the Centre who will forward it to the Blundells.   Peter and Marian will try and do pre-show research.  The photos can be very helpful.  That creates more time to talk with you, look at your items,  and ‘usually‘ works very well.  If you bring in a painting – who is the artist?  Again, pre-show research is needed.   Send a photo with the signature to the Arts Centre.  No signature?  That’s fine.  Peter will examine it and discuss with you what it’s value might be.

If you have a piece of sterling silver, check to see what the marks are.  Take a close up photo – send it to the office who will forward it to Peter – again, pre-show research.  Your item will be weighed and analyzed.

Furniture, check to see if there are any signatures or labels – if it is too large to bring to the show, take a photo, send it to the Arts Centre.

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns – swords are good, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), militaria, items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

All this will be discussed with the Arts Centre Box Office people when you call.

And of course, don’t just come with your items and leave!! – take time, sit back and enjoy the whole process, see what other people have.  You can stay as long as you wish.

Peter and Marian look forward to meeting you.  This will be the sixth time they have been to the Chilliwack Arts Centre and are really looking forward to returning again this year.