Antiques appraisals to benefit Millsboro library

How much is that vase on the mantle is worth? What about grandpa’s old pocket watch? On Thursday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., locals with unique and potential valuable items will find out just how much they might be worth, as the Friends of the Millsboro Public Library hosts an antiques appraisal event at the library.

“One of our friends suggested it, and we thought it was a good idea,” explained Rita Bittner, president of the Friends of the Millsboro Public Library.

Appraisals will be conducted by Eric Wilke from Blue Hen Auction Co. in Dover, and Friends members Bob and Joyce Graves of Cranberry House Antiques in Millsboro, all of whom are donating their time for the event.

“We’re very, very pleased that they donated their time for this,” said Bittner.

She said any antiques may be evaluated, except for weaponry items, such as knives, guns or swords. Those who wish to have their antiques appraised may do so for a minimal cost of $5 per item, or $10 for three items, paid in cash only. Verbal appraisals will be given that evening, but arrangements may be made for written appraisals, too.

This is one of a number of fundraisers held by the Friends group to raise funds for the children’s summer reading program.

“We were looking for some type of a new fundraiser, because we do various fundraisers throughout the year so we can support the children’s summer reading program and also purchase different things for the library that they require to augment their budget,” said Bittner.

“The Friends are wonderful with their funding,” said Mary Brittingham, director of the library. “We really do appreciate the community support.”

The Friends group’s biggest fundraiser is the annual book sale held every July.

“We usually have about 8,000 to 10,000 books we sell,” said Bittner. “This branches us out into a different area,” she said of the appraisal event. “We’d like to see it become an annual event.”

Bittner said she hopes people will attend the event and learn what treasures they have, all while supporting their local library.

“I’m sure it will be a very interesting and enjoyable evening, because a lot of people watch ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ and people waiting in line will be listening to what the person ahead in line has and overhear it. It’s a good way to increase your knowledge about antiques and find out what you have. You might be surprised. Who knows what we’ll find?”

The Millsboro Public Library is located at 217 W. State Street in downtown Millsboro. Early registration for the appraisals is being recommended and may be handled by calling the library at (302) 934-8743. Walk-ins will also be accepted, based on availability.