Friday, March 16, 2007

Antiques and Collectibles

Antiques Roadshow is one of the most popular TV shows on PBS. Many people want to know what their antique is worth...we all wish for one that we paid little for and is now worth thousands.

The library has a new online database, PriceIt!, in which you can value your antiques and collectibles. The database includes millions of records and tells you current values and prices for your similar items. You can easily search by keyword.

I have an antique pie safe made in the Eastlake style. Putting in the keyword "Eastlake" yields over 2000 entries. That's too many to look through but it gives you an idea of the scope of the information. To get better results I'll have to be more specific in my keyword.

The database is available through the library's webpage either at the library or remotely from home. All you need is your library barcode when accessing PriceIt! from home.

The libraries have many books on antiques and collectibles too. Look in the nonfiction 745.1 section.