Shopping Planner: Antique auctions, sales and appraisals and the Gem and Mineral Show
Collect Yourself: Antiques Sales and Appraisals
Some things really do get better with age, and certainly more valuable. The thrill of the hunt is a huge part of the fun of collecting antiques, especially when you discover something rare. This weekend, there are a few options to help fulfill your inner picker.
Blackwell Auctions in Clearwater is holding its Exceptional Estates Auction on Saturday. The preview begins at 10 a.m., and bidding runs noon till 10 p.m. This auction has an emphasis on 20th century history and design, including highly sought-after midcentury furniture and lighting and items with local history, including furniture from the home of Tampa mob boss Santo Trafficante. They’ll also have sports memorabilia and Chinese pottery at 10900 U.S. 19 N, Suite B, Clearwater. Can’t make it to the auction? The catalog and online bidding are at blackwellauctions.com.
If you’re not into the bidding process, check out the Sunshine City Antiques and Collectibles Show. The event takes over St. Petersburg’s Coliseum (an antique in its own right) this weekend with more than 100 dealers showing and selling art, jewelry, furniture, books, pottery, glass and vintage toys. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday and 10-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7. 535 Fourth Ave. N. sunshinecityantiqueshow.com.
Now that you’ve collected some antiques, find out what they’re worth at the Antiques Evaluation Show at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, on Saturday. Appraisers will be on site 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re certified dealers specializing in books, Oriental art and objects, Americana, jewelry, crystal, toys, dolls, clothing, textiles and just about anything you can pull from your closet. Admission is free to watch the appraisals (think Antiques Roadshow). Appraisal tickets are $5 for one item, $12 for three items and additional items are $4 each. Proceeds will go to the library.
Get Stoned: Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
Whether for supposed mystical qualities or simply beauty, gems and minerals have captivated people for thousands of years. They’ve caught local interest for decades, as the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is in its 40th year. Members of the Pinellas Geological Society and other local clubs will be showing their cut gems, silver and gold jewelry, wire wrap, beading, cabochons and collections of rocks and minerals for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. There’s also an hourly silent auction. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Parkside Room at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free to enter, but a $1.50 donation enters you in an hourly drawing. (727) 709-3236.