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Wanted: your old toys

The Toy Roadshow, sponsored by the International Toy Collectors Association, will be in Lakeland from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Jan. 6. At no charge, collectors will examine and evaluate old toys and make immediate offers to purchase. The collectors are seeking, among other things, wind-up and cast iron toys, Tonka trucks, Smith Miller toys, Barbies, Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia, mechanical banks and toy trains. They are also looking for jewelry, coins, watches, clocks and vintage musical instruments. The Toy Roadshow will be at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1024 Crevasse St. in Lakeland. This is at Exit 18 off Interstate 4, opposite Lakeland Square Mall. This event is not affiliated with the Antiques Roadshow television series, and the collectors do not offer appraisals. For information, call the Toy Collectors Association in Athens, Ill., at (217) 636-8012.

New year, new price guide

Antiques columnists Ralph and Terry Kovel ring in the new year with their Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price List 2001 (Random House, $15.95). This 33rd edition includes more than 50,000 appraiser-approved prices; a report on record-setting prices of the past year; a handy ruler; factory marks and identifying logos; and a year's worth of holiday antiquing in full-color photos. The Kovels' column appears today on Page XD.

What's coveted in kitchens

Dreaming of a remodeled kitchen in the new year? Here are the top 10 most-requested items, according to a survey taken for Kitchen and Bath Business magazine: Great appliances (gas cooktops and electric ovens, speed-cooking ovens, warming drawers, the commercial look in stainless steel). Multicooking centers: two sinks, two cooktops, two refrigerators. Water filtration systems. Islands, often with bar sinks or seating areas. Countertops in solid surface, granite and concrete. Composite sinks in colors, stone textures and unique bowl configurations. Hand-painted tiles and backsplashes. Furniture-style cabinetry with the freestanding look, glass doors, plate racks, apothecary drawers, unusual hardware. Storage areas (cabinets with rollout shelves, specialized areas for spices, pot lids, knives, plates, appliance garages, walk-in pantries). Luxury design options: larger dining areas, walls of windows, high ceilings.

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