Antiques expert Will Farmer, who is a regular appraiser on the BBC TV show Antiques Roadshow, will be appearing at the Solihull Festival this year. The popular festival will be taking place in September and runs for a week. Farmer will be appearing on 26th September to deliver a talk entitled Lost and Found, which takes place at the Solihull Arts Complex Theatre.
The festival has been taking place for the last 12 years and is organised by The Rotary Club, raising £350,000 for charities in the local area. During the talk, he will concentrate on collectibles from the 20th Century and display items which may be recognised by some members of the audience. It is also possible that some of the more memorable items have been discarded by audience members in the past. Items which have been sold for surprising amounts at auction in recent years will be revealed, perhaps being worth more than the owners realised at the time. According to Keith Moody from The Rotary Club, there have been more small sponsors this year than in previous times, but the club will continue to organise the festival until times improve.
People are often shocked at the value of some everyday items that, while classed as antiques, are still in use – like chairs and antique dining tables . Preston antiques dealers offer much better value than auctions, as a buyer’s premium is added to the purchase price at auction, making the item more expensive.
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