LARGO — Got milk glass?
Have you ever wondered if the white vintage piece passed down from your grandmother was worth serious cash — or just milk money?
Find out Saturday, when it's all about heirlooms at the 11th annual Antique Appraisal Fair held at Heritage Village, 11901 125th St. N. The fair, sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nine antiques appraisers will be inside the Pinellas Room to offer a wide range of information about items including gems and jewelry, Oriental rugs, rare books, guns and armor, glassware, clocks and pocket watches, and other antiques and collectibles.
Generally, age is important, but condition and rarity rule when it comes to value, said Jody Stanley, a board member of the historical society and a member of Quester, an international organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antiquities, buildings, and historic sites.
Appraisal fees are $5 an item; $12 for three items. Proceeds benefit Heritage Village, a 21-acre living history museum operated by Pinellas County government.
Though some will find their possessions hold more sentimental than monetary value, past antique fairs have netted some surprising finds, Stanley said.
"Last year, we had a Shirley Temple doll worth over $1,000," she said. "One year, somebody brought in a Russian bronze sculpture of a Cossack soldier and it was valued between $3,000 and $5,000."
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