The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 4, 2013

Local appraisers to look at heirlooms free Saturday

Star Beacon


 Do you have cash in the attic?

Auctioneer Barry Densmore of Densmore Auctions will host an “Antiques Roadshow” event from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rae-Ann Geneva Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center on West Main Street.

Kathy Densmore said she and Barry have a lot of fun appraising items.

“So often when our loved ones have to move into a nursing home type situation, the family is hard-pressed to figure out what to do with their long treasured possessions,” she said. “This is what do at Densmore Auctions every day — we help people sort through and understand what is valuable and what is not.”

The Densmores have been looking at treasures with both emotional value and dollar value for more than 10 years. Their business, Densmore Auctions, has been appointed by the Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula courts as personal property appraisers, and they are both certified estate specialists.

“We sincerely enjoy what we do,” Kathy Densmore said.

So what about that baseball card collection, or grandma’s wedding pearls?

“It is difficult to tell someone that what their grandmother’s treasure her whole life is really not worth much,” she said, “so we try to do it with kindness and a sense of humor.”

Some things may not look like treasure, Kathy Densmore said, but the best appraisers know when to look a little deeper.

“Before we go into a home, often the family wants to tidy up and throw stuff away,” she said. “We say don’t — I repeat don’t do that! One man’s junk can truly be another man’s treasure. More times than not the valuable items are what gets thrown away.”

No matter your treasure, the Densmores want to take a look — and maybe make a cash offer.

“Bring your family treasures, fire arms, gold and silver, collectibles or anything you are just not sure about,” Kathy Densmore said. “Whether you want to sell it or not, we are always in the market to buy or consign antiques, collectibles, fire arms, gold and silver coins, sterling, memorabilia, military items, advertising, pre-1960s toys and much more.”

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling Pat Faflik at 466-5733 or email