Friday, April 24, 2009

A Visit To The Treasure Hunters Roadshow Here This Week... Then A Burglar On My Roof

Our small city has a population of only around 115,000 so this is the first time a show like this has bothered to come to town. Since I sell collectibles and small antiques online, of course I had to go see what it was all about. Understandably, it isn't as big a production as Antiques Roadshow, but for us it was big enough. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow folks are here for 5 days, so it wasn't overly crowded and I didn't even have to wait in line. And, we all know how little patience I have for that.

They have taken over one of the banquet rooms at our local Clarion Hotel and have something like 6 tables set up around the room, with each table only accommodating one person at a time. Some were there in hopes of getting appraisals while others were there to get rid of things they don't need as much as the money it will bring them.

I was there to do both and was quite pleased with what I came away with. I brought home many of the items I had taken because I only needed appraisals and authentication on some pieces of jewelry that I'd inherited. Some pieces I thought were not authentic stones and not really gold turned out to be very real indeed.

The man that handled my *account* was named Marlon and was nice enough to indulge me with my pictures for the blog. He didn't even roll his eyes, which is the reaction I normally receive along with looks of complete ignorance. He even knew what a blog was and smiled for my picture, as did his co-worker, whose name I failed to ask for.

Still, they were fun and we were done with our business in no time. I came home with a check for over a thousand dollars, for things we never use and didn't want. Not bad for an afternoon.

Here is Marlon using a tester for gold content, which I thought was pretty interesting. With all the great fakes out there these days, I'm sure this little item comes in quite handy, as does the diamond tester.

Then there was another fellow who was reluctant to let me take his photo because I couldn't shave a few pounds off of him with Photo Shop. I assured him that he was still adorable so he allowed the picture. He is cute, don't you think?

On another note, I was sitting at the computer last night when I heard a horrible, loud crash on the roof directly above me. At first, I thought it might have been Mr. Snooty (with the sound coming from the bedroom) but after running in to check on him and seeing that he was safely in bed snoring, I immediately assumed that one of the tree limbs had fallen on the house, since the noise came from that direction.

However, I was also scared that it might have been a person up there so I went around making certain that we were locked up tight. We were. Unlike the movies, I wasn't about to go outside to check it out. It is a well known fact to most people and the police that burglars often enter homes through the skylight. About 15 years ago, someone tried to come through the one in our guest bathroom, but I apparently scared them off when I went in to use the bathroom. If they were scared back then, I can only imagine how scared they were last night. At least this time they didn't shine a flashlight in my face while I was on the *throne*. Uh-Huh. I'm just sayin'...

This morning before he left for the office, I made Mr. Snoots go up to possibly retrieve the tree limb and make sure it didn't cause more damage than the hail had already done. He found nothing. As you can just imagine, I'm now completely freaked out and I'm keeping the pellet gun loaded, for sure. As if I even knew how to work it…. But, it does look extremely real as well as intimidating. Then there is always my electric staple gun, which would probably hurt a lot worse.


Mental P Mama said...

I want those guys to come here! And that is creepy about your "rooftop visitor."

TSannie said...

How does that gold thingy work?

Maybe a wild turkey hit your roof.

That happened to me one night. Something hit the kitchen skylight with enough force and noise it woke the dog and scared me silly. Next morning I looked at the skylight and it was broken. A perfect round hole had been left. The only thing I found in the yard that could have made it was a chunk of the same kind of throne you were sitting on...

imom said...

I've never been to one of those Antique Roadshow type events before. Do you pay to get in, then they do appraisals for free, or do you pay for appraisals separately? Looks like a lot of fun!

The reluctant photo subject is in fact adorable!

Super creepy about the rooftop visitor. I hear odd things IN my house, but I'm pretty sure it's of a spirit form!

The Incredible Woody said...

You live in Texas and only have a pellet gun! Isn't that against the law or something?!?

Do you need me to come and protect you? I'm a damn fine shot and I pack heat - serious heat!

Shawn said...

Wow..nice to have an extra thou about. Whatcha gonna do with it?

I wouldn't have even thought about someone being up on my roof. But then my town is only 600 people.

Pam said...

I think I'd stay with the electric staple gun...the staples would be easier to pull out of the wall if, no, when I missed!

Cool on the treasures...I wonder if they come to Ft. Worth?

T said...

The Road show is too cool and looks like it was a lot of fun!

I like the idea of the staple gun......try explaining away staples in the ass or other body parts!

Snooty Primadona said...

If you click on the link I added on the show's name, I think you'll get to their website. They didn't charge a penny to get in. Isn't that nice? It didn't look like they had updated the web page for a while, but they do list the places they will be.

That little metal tester has batteries & he pours one drop two different liquids in a tiny hole before dipping a teensy bit of the piece in. It has like 4 little lights to tell you if it's gold or platinum or sterling or white gold. I thought it was pretty cool, for sure.

Treasia said...

I love watching Antiques Roadshow and would be thrilled if them or a show that is similar would come anywhere near us. I have always thought how much fun it would be.

If you ever see the reluctant man again tell him is he is cute as a bug. Nothing wrong with his weight.

As for the noise you heard, I would invest in something a little more terrifying than a pellet gun. After Mr. Snoots finding no limbs I would be very cautious myself.

Snooty Primadona said...

I'm thinking an M-16 perhaps?

Living on the Spit said...

That would be so fun to go to...we never get fun things like that around here...just boat and RV shows...and the garden ladies craft show...and a sandcastle festival, but on a good note it IS Beer Fest Weekend.

noble pig said...

I think I would have just started shooting the ceiling if I heard that. But you need at least a 22 or better yet a revolver, they are very easy to shoot.

Patty said...

Perhaps it was just space junk that hit your roof? Or a flying pig that that went off course.

Are you in our Friday Shoot Outs now? I saw your name on a list. I am trying to get a separate blog site going just to list all the stuff about the shoot outs. Lemme know.


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