What's It Worth? 

Sunday, Feb. 23

Your attic might contain a treasure so unique, so rare, so incredibly valuable that selling it might net you enough for a trip to Hawaii, a sleek new ride or maybe even early retirement. But the only way to find out is to attend the What's It Worth? event, hosted by the Idaho State Historical Museum.

Anyone who has watched an episode of Antiques Roadshow can attest to the sheer thrill of discovery--that moment when time slows down and the experts tease us with their knowledge of the obscure--the pause, after which they ask the wide-eyed holder of the artifact whether or not they have a hunch as to its value. Then, at last, the astonishing revelation that great-grandma's worn-out butter churn is actually a priceless relic worth thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even millions.

The appeal lies in the lure of the hunt--searching for that Golden Ticket among the cast-offs of previous generations. So, if you've been eyeing that obscure painting your great-aunt Mabel bequeathed in her will, or the killer vase you picked up at a rummage sale for 50 cents, pack them up in layers of bubble wrap and get yourself some answers.

Evaluators will be on hand to assess everything from books to clocks, firearms to china, and jewelry to small furniture. Tickets are $5 at the door, with $10 added for each item brought in for evaluation. Between evaluation stations, patrons are encouraged to grab a coffee and pastry while checking out museum exhibits.

All proceeds from the annual event go toward renovations aimed at improving and expanding the Idaho State Historical Museum, set to begin in June.

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