Antiques Roadshow Brings Thousands of Participants

Saturday, July 8th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

It's been all the talk in Tulsa for weeks. The Chubb's Antiques Roadshow made a stop in Tulsa Saturday.

The popular PBS television series stopped in to see what valuable items reside in area homes.

Seven thousand ticket holders got a chance to see if their antique is as precious as they think it is.

Tulsans and many out-of-towners are getting to see if their old things hold more than just sentimental value.

They've seen others get the good news on PBS's Chubb’s Antiques Roadshow and now it's their chance.

"We have an old rocker that was brought over on a covered wagon I believe and also a clock,” says antique collector Mike Sumner. "I really don't know what to expect here but it will be fun."

That's how Sue Tennison said she felt as she waited several hours for the appraisal of her early 20-th century hall tree.

But after her turn, there was a little bit of disappointment.

“A tiny bit but I got a lot more information than I did have we all want it to be worth million dollar but 600 is nice because my husband only paid 35 for it," says Tennison.

The staff of the antique road show says Tulsa is a real antique hot spot, but they expected that. The tickets for the Tulsa show went quicker than any other city in the United States.

Tickets aren't the only hot items at the show, the appraisers say they've found the finest American antique furniture in the show's five-year history.

One piece brought in was appraised at more than 140-thousand dollars.

However, that's rare.

Most items aren't worth what the owner hopes they are.

On average, there's only two to three people per show who go home with a true treasure.