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Treasure or Trash? Oak Park, River Forest Historical Society Hosts Appraisal Event

Want to know what the jewelry your grandmother left you is worth? Head over to the Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park on Feb. 9 and get it appraised.

Sitting in your living room right now could be a treasure of unknown worth. It might be an antique lamp passed down from an older family member, or it could be a neat item you found hunting in the area's dusty antique shops. Either way, don't you want to know what it's worth?

We all hope to find that our personal treasures are treasures in their own right. Now, with the help of the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, you can find out.

The society hosts its annual appraisal event on Feb. 9 located at the . The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and parking will be available in the garage adjacent to the club.

Admission to the event, which is open to the public, will cost $5. Each item appraised will cost an additional $15, with appraisals limited to three items per person.

A team of certified appraisers will be on hand to take a look at your items, which can jewelry, fine art, coins, toys, comics and more. Even if your item isn't extraordinarily valuable, appraisers can still help give you some background information about your piece—which is nice for conversations at those cocktail parties you want throw.

Hold on one moment, you might be thinking, how exactly do I haul in my early 20th Century couch to have it appraised? Well, just take a photo. For large items like furniture, attendees can bring photos (take multiple angles), and get them appraised.

Last year, one couple brought in a copy of John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage, said historical society member Jean Guarino.

"They happened to be walking through Georgetown and had a copy of the book, and they ran into Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy," Guarino said. "They got the book autographed, and because they had both [signatures], it turned out to be quite valuable."

Valuable indeed—the book ended up getting appraised for thousands!

It's a good idea to start thinking about what items you'd like appraised now. Due to the popularity of the event, pre-registration is required for appraisals. Items can be registered online at www.oprfhistory.org or by calling (708) 848-6755.

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