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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Antiques Roadshow coming to Australia!

For those who are fans of the English "Antiques Roadshow", if you didn't already know, they are coming out to Oz in August. I used to love watching the show on Foxtel, but there were so many repeats, I stopped watching after a while. I first heard about the proposed Australian visit on the Collectables Message board on eBay. There will be one day in Sydney and one day in Melbourne. The Lifestyle Channel invited people to apply for tickets, and submit details of what they want valued. They indicated a preference to items pertaining to Australia. So I applied, and listed five of my favourite pieces of linen that commemorate Australian events, such as the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 and the Royal Visit in 1954. I received an email from Lifestyle Channel today, acknowledging my application, and saying they had received thousands of applications, and would be sifting through them all this month to choose which ones to invite to the shows.
I have no idea what my linen collection is worth; in fact when people ask me, I tell them it is priceless, and I mean that in the true sense of the word. How do you put a price on something that was handmade so many years ago, and is possibly only one of perhaps half a dozen still in existence? I haven't even got it insured, as again, nobody can put a price on these items. Things like coins, stamps, silver and china have defined values in the antique and collectable market, but linen has its value in the eye of the beholder. The only people that truly appreciate its worth are those who have stitched themselves.
The reasons I don't bother even trying to insure my linen is that firstly, if our house burnt down, I could never replace the linen for any amount of money, so why bother even taking out extra insurance? The second reason is, if anybody was thinking of breaking into our house, I doubt very much if they would steal a bunch of tablecloths and doilies!! People that rob homes aren't looking for that kind of thing, and even if they did, they wouldn't know where to take it to sell quickly. So again, there isn't much point in insuring against theft.
Ho hum, I got side tracked again, didn't I? Ah, the Antiques Roadshow...what a buzz it would be to get on there - just the atmosphere with all those other people showing their bits and pieces - what fun!


kay susan said...

Gina, I think you could take up a show on your own with your amazing collections!

Gina E. said...

Yeah... I am a bit of a hoarder :(

Mickey said...

Meeow. I'm a regular viewer of the Antiques Roadshow. Is this a ‘special’ Australian episode of the English one rather than an Australian version of it? I'm sure your blog will be updated if you get on the show. I’ll keep a look out for you. I assume the talls will watch it. I have a feeling they will. I've also put a note of it on my blog. I like the picture of Topsy in her nest. Very nice.

Gina E. said...

Hi Mickey, thanks for visiting me over here! Yes, this will be a special edition of the Antiques Roadshow - the English crew are coming here in August for two days - one day in Sydney and one day in Melbourne. The tickets are due to be mailed out later in July to the lucky applicants. They have been swamped with applications, so not everyone will get a ticket. I will certainly put a message on here in CAPITAL LETTERS if I get lucky!
A big PURRR from Topsy.

james abram said...

That's great news! Thanks for sharing! I hope I can find antique clocks in Perth!