Antiques Roadshow hits Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Antique lovers assembled at the Austin Convention Center Saturday to have their goods appraised, and they may end up on a popular TV show.

The Antiques Roadshow came to town for the first time in fourteen years, and thousands of enthusiasts jammed the Convention Center to be a part of it.

6,000 lucky folks were chosen by lottery to have their goods appraised at the show. They brought more than a total of 10,000 objects with them.

“While we put an estimate of value as of today, in this market which changes every hour, it’s subjective,” show host Mark Walberg explained. “Value is what the owner feels and the buyer wants.”

In all, 90 appraisals were taped to be spread over three future episodes. Producers say owners get pretty emotional about their heirlooms and often won’t sell no matter how they are appraised.

Many of the items Saturday were personal. Others were historic. The stash included a beautiful stained glass honoring Texas’ founders that had been damaged in a fire at Sam Houston State but was later restored.

The show also looks for regional tastes, so the hunt was on in Austin for native jewelry, anything with bluebonnets and lots of guns.

Mike drove in from Louisiana with a plains rifle that has been in his family for generations.

“It was funny when we got here and took the rifle out of the car,” he said with a smile. “My wife says ‘are you sure you can walk down the street with that?’ Then, she thought and said, ‘this is Texas,’ so yeah, we got away with it.”

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