Saturday, August 22, 2015

Charleston, SC and Antiques Roadshow II

Yesterday I told you about our first day on our trip to South Carolina after winning tickets to Antiques Roadshow.

We got up early Saturday morning to head to the convention center for our entry time of 9am. If I remember correctly, this is a 16 hour day for the Roadshow appraisers and crew, and when we arrived people were already leaving with their treasures (or trash) having been appraised.

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*all photos taken with an iphone 5s*

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

This roadshow is such a well-oiled machine. The lines get long very fast, but they move at such a pace that you don't have time to open your folding chairs to sit down. So, if you ever do win tickets to the show, don't even bother to bring them. They will get no use and just be another thing you have to lug around.

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

If you happen to need special assistance, they will most certainly take care of you, even without you asking. They have tons of happy and helpful volunteers, and they are just that good. 


Antiques Roadshow Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com
Jason liked that they even have their own roadshow "crime scene tape".  

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

I am going to keep an eye out for these jars above to appear on the show because my guess is that they are treasures. ↑

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

It was really interesting to see all the displays they use gathered in one place. And you can just see behind that cabinet in the middle of the picture above that they are filming there. You can see the lights and the camera man to the right. I believe this was Nicholas Dawes doing a ceramics appraisal back there. 

When you get in the line outside of the filming area, you speak initially with an expert who looks at your treasures and gives you little tickets to the lines you need to be in once you get inside. Our expert told us to specifically see Nicholas Dawes at the Ceramics booth for a little red clay bowl/cup we brought with us. When we did make it to the ceramics queue and got to the booth, Nick was not there, as he was filming another segment, and David Lackey, who couldn't tell us anything about our priceless treasure was very nice and told us to wait for Nick in the chairs behind them. When Nick came over shortly after that, he told us he wasn't certain about it either, and sent us over to the Asian Arts line to speak with Lark Mason. He said, if anyone would know about it, Lark would. 

So, we took our treasure to the Asian Arts queue and told the volunteer very nicely that we were not going to wait in another line and were told to go directly to Lark. Short wait, and we are talking to Lark, who looks over our little red clay cup with abstract etchings and green and gold flecks of paint, and tells us it is probably Indonesian, and part of a tea service, and that it was worth.....nothing. 

As I said, this is the third roadshow I have been too, and I think this is the third time I have had to go from the Ceramics booth to then be sent to Asian Arts booth.  If I've learned one thing from going to the roadshow, it's that Asian ceramics are a two-queue affair. If you first go to the ceramics booth, they will look it over thoroughly, tell you as much as they can about it, and then send you to the Asian Arts booth, and then the Asian Arts booth will do the same and want to send you to the Ceramics booth, and you have to tell them that you were just at Ceramics and they told you to come here. My advice to you. Unless you really want to meet a lot of the appraisers and don't mind waiting a little longer....don't bring any Asian ceramics!

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Here is Jason as we line up in the furniture queue with our 200+ year old ladder back chair with it's original seat. 

Karen Keane was our appraiser, and though she went over the chair and it's history very thoroughly, and taught us some things we did not know, she kindly told us our "everyday" chair was worth .....nothing. ha. Yes, something can be that old and still be worth nothing. "But," she said with a smile, "maybe in another 200 years!"

My advice to you...don't bring your ladder back chairs. There are so many of them out there because everyone had them 100, 200 years ago, and now everyone sits them in a corner of a room to just look at and not use, so they last forever.

We also had two very nice little paintings with us, and though they were both quite old, one of which was at least 100 years old, we were told they were nice "tourist" paintings but were worth only about $50 each. So, better than nothing, but no treasures. 

And this, my friends, is what I am guessing happens to 99% of the people that come to the roadshow. It just makes you appreciate even more the treasures that do make it onto the show. After you've been to a roadshow, you realize just how few of us have anything that is a treasure to anyone other than us. 

And one last bit of advice for any future attendees. If you have anything heavy, for your sake and the sake of those in line behind you, get a rolling cart of some kind. Make one if you have to. It's amazing the sites we saw of people dragging their treasures through the lines. Jason and I were talking to the man in front of us in line, (seen in the picture above↑) and the three of us were giggling at two men who had a large sideboard with them that they had to pick up every time the line moved, which was often. The man in front of us has been to quite a few shows, and previous to this one he had a chair for which he easily constructed a dolly with casters and a piece of plywood. This time he had a larger cabinet, and all he had to do was use the same dolly but put a larger piece of plywood on it. Simple. Common sense. You know what? I just had a thought. I didn't even think to ask the gentleman if he'd made it onto the show with his previous treasures. He sure looked like someone who would have something worthwhile, and his red painted cabinet sure did look like a treasure to me. I'll have to keep an eye out for him when this episode airs.

So, that's all, folks. No treasures, but a good time was had.

We were done at the show before noon and had time to go back to our B&B and rest for a few minutes before we headed back out for lunch and more site-seeing. 

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

St. Philip's Episcopal Church via foobella.blogspot.com
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

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St. Philip's Episcopal Church
On the recommendation of my husband's parents, we had lunch at Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe. I only mention this because it was the best meal we had all weekend. ↓


Good food at Dixie Supply via foobella.blogspot.com


Good food at Dixie Supply via foobella.blogspot.com

It's a literal hole-in-the-wall place that we would probably have just walked right by otherwise. It was hotter inside than outside, but it was worth it. Jason had the shrimp and grits, pictured above, and I had a simple chicken wrap, and both were excellent. 

We then walked for what felt like an hour in the heat and humidity (about 2 miles) to the South Carolina Aquarium. The nicely air conditioned aquarium. ;)


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Two story Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium via foobella.blogspot.com
Mountain Forest exhibit at SC Aquarium

Sunday we got up bright and early (which is actually a great time to walk around, while there is little activity on the streets and sidewalks, and it's COOL out) and said goodbye to our little B&B....
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The Middleton's House in front of our B&B

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge via foobella.blogspot.com
Bright and early on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

....and made our way home. Bye Charleston! I hope to visit you again, maybe in the cool seasons. ;)

Thank you for visiting! 
 I hope you can one day make it to a roadshow, and that you have better luck than us. ;)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Charleston, SC and Antiques Roadshow I

We won tickets to the Antiques Roadshow! This would be my third time at a Roadshow. The first time was with my sister in Baltimore, MD, and then with my boyfriend (now husband) in Pittsburgh, PA. We have yet to come home with a "national treasure" in our possession, but we still have a good time. Plus, it's always a nice excuse to visit a new city, even if only for a weekend. 

This time we won tickets to the show in Charleston, SC. Neither of us had been there before, but have always wanted to visit. I've been to Savannah, GA twice, and just as someone wrote in the guest book at the B&B where we stayed, Charleston really is "Savannah on steroids". In the very best way, that is.
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*all photos taken with an iphone 5s*

Charleston B&B
Our B&B on Church Street. 

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Private courtyard.

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We had this entire little house to ourselves. I mean LITTLE, but cozy. ↑

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Charleston B&B via foobella.blogspot.com


Charleston B&B
I know a lot of folks will know what I'm talking about when I say I felt like I was in the movie, The Holiday. (Except on a much smaller scale...and differences in weather. It was pretty hot and steamy in Charleston.)

Kate Winslet's, Rosehill Cottage in The Holiday

Rosehill Cottage in The Holiday

Charleston B&B  (...and our much more steep and winding staircase.)

Charleston B&B staircase

DUCK, Jason!





Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com
Walking by a couple having a photo shoot. ↑

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Pups can be off their leashes in White Point Garden at certain times of the day.

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Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

Charleston via foobella.blogspot.com

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Charleston at The Griffon via foobella.blogspot.com

We arrived on a Friday afternoon, and after getting acquainted with our B&B, we walked down to White Point Garden and along the Battery. Gorgeous town. So much to see.

Tomorrow I will talk more about Antiques Roadshow and give some of my observations and advice to any future roadshow attendees.

Thank you for visiting. 

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