Fifth annual Antique Appraisal Show will benefit LiveSAFE subscribers

Posted March 31, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.

Look around your home. Do you see things that were handed down for generations or that have convincing family stories attached describing the item as “being worth a fortune”? Maybe you’ve got yard-sale bargains that you just have a good feeling about or long-lost items from your attic or basement that have possibilities.

Now is the perfect chance to find out the worth of your treasures. Who knows, maybe those stories are accurate after all and you are sitting on a gold mine.

Gather up your valuables and bring them to Dirigo Pines in Orono for the 5th Annual Antique Appraisal Show, Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit EMHS LiveSAFE subscribers who need help in paying for the service.

EMHS LiveSAFE is an easy, one-button personal emergency-response service that provides help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing people to live independently in their own homes, where they are most comfortable.

The fee for appraisal is $15 per item. Featured will be Bruce A. Buxton, a licensed appraiser from Portland, known for his entertaining and lively style. Bruce has 37 years of experience as an expert antique and fine-art appraiser.

Do you have your great aunt’s pearls or your grandmother’s engagement ring? Elizabeth Yates Turner from Damariscotta will also be there to appraise jewelry.

Chris McIntosh, who began his career running one of Maine’s largest art and antiques auction houses, will also be available for appraisals. All three appraisers will look carefully at the items and make their determinations as to the approximate values. If you have any information about the item, write it down, lest you forget something when it is your turn at the table. This event is appraisal only and no items will be bought or sold, guaranteeing an unbiased assessment of the antiques.

It is always a bonus when your money can do double duty. You’ll get an accurate appraisal of your finest items and all money raised stays in this local program.

Rosscare actually has a sponsorship program for those seniors who are considered to be low-income, based on the federal poverty guidelines.

“Many of our clients are living only on Social Security,” said Jennifer Maskala, LiveSAFE manager. “Through Rosscare Foundation, we are able to assist community members who need the help button but are unable to afford the full monthly fee. We can provide them with a reduced rate to help them obtain this valuable life-saving service.”

And this little button is like having a continuously alert roommate who can call for help anytime day or night should you get in trouble but one who doesn’t hog the TV remote or leave towels on the floor. These small buttons provide immediate response in an emergency, friendly support, and a sense of security, literally at the touch of a button.

“This is a fun event where you will learn the history and value of people’s treasures, while generously donating to Rosscare Foundation and helping low income seniors in your community remain safe in their homes,” said Maskala. “With generous community support from this event last year, we were able to increase EMHS LiveSAFE sponsorships from 26 to 50.”

For more information about the Antique Appraisal Show, call Steve Bowler at 866-3400 or Rosscare Foundation at 973-5055. And if you are interested in EMHS LiveSAFE, call 973-7080, or visit www.emhs.org.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, or visit www.eaaa.org.

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