Transportation museum gears up for appraisal fundraiser



Anyone who might be unsure of how much their antiques and family heirlooms are worth will be in luck next Saturday.

The Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum will hold an “Appraisal Day” fundraiser next Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maple Shade Shopping Plaza, where the museum is located. The event, which will have a similar set up to the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow, will be an opportunity for local residents to have the value of their items determined by professional appraisers from around the New River Valley.

“Being in the antique business, and being around appraisals and in a museum, I thought this might be something good to have there to bring people out,” said Jay Turner, the event’s organizer, who sits on the museum’s board of directors.

People will be able to bring up to three items for appraisal, and there will be a $5 dollar charge for each item assessed. The proceeds will go towards the museum’s various necessities, such as cabinets and display cases to improve the presentation quality of the exhibits inside.

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