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Greensburg Antique Show and Sale offers appraisals

| Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Oil and watercolor paintings will be among wares at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts antique show and sale, shown here in 2016, set for Jan. 26-28 in the Greensburg Country Club.
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Oil and watercolor paintings will be among wares at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts antique show and sale, shown here in 2016, set for Jan. 26-28 in the Greensburg Country Club.
Thousands of items from 40 dealers will be featured at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts antique show and sale, shown here in 2016, set for Jan. 26-28 in the Greensburg Country Club.
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Thousands of items from 40 dealers will be featured at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts antique show and sale, shown here in 2016, set for Jan. 26-28 in the Greensburg Country Club.

Forty antique dealers from five states will set up shop in the Greensburg Country Club this weekend for the annual Greensburg Antique Show and Sale. With everything from folk art, furniture, paintings, glassware and quilts to fine and costume jewelry, vintage clothing and toys, the dealers will have merchandise to suit almost any taste.

“Whatever your cup of tea is, you'll find it there,” says John Mickinak, who manages the show with fellow antique dealer John Kroeck. “And if you're looking for a teacup, you'll find one.”

The show was previously held at Mountain View Inn. It has been held at the Greensburg Country Club for the past several years.

“It's a very nice show,” Kroeck says. “There are some high-quality dealers. It's a good place to shop if you're interested in antiques.”

Some of the items on display will date from the 18th century, while others are more recent.

“It's an opportunity to see and handle items that you might otherwise only see at a museum,” Mickinak says. “The dealers will all be bringing very interesting things.”

He suggests that shoppers take the initiative to ask questions if they are curious about any of the items on display. “Everyone is friendly and approachable,” he says.

Although antiques collecting was once seen as a hobby for those in higher income brackets, Mickinak says times have changed. People can save money by purchasing antique furniture, which is often of a higher quality at a lower price than modern pieces.

“In today's world, antique pieces are cheaper than new items,” he says. “You're getting quality and value in antiques. If you have something that's 100 years old and still in good condition, you know it's going to last.”

Those who are curious about the value of their own antiques and collectibles can bring them in during an appraisal clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30. Kroeck and Mickinak will offer verbal appraisals for $7 and written appraisals for $15.

The men have a combined 90 years of experience in the antiques business. Kroeck is the owner of Sewickley Antiques, while Mickinak owns Ligonier Antique Gallery and has done appraisals for many local fundraisers.

“We're both generalists,” Kroeck says. “We can appraise almost anything.”

Appraisals will include more than just how much an object is worth. “We try to give some background on the items, how old they are and how they were used,” Mickinak says. Items brought in to be appraised do not have to be old to have value. Toys from the 1960s and '70s are currently very collectible.

A $100 door prize will be drawn at the conclusion of the show. The show is sponsored by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. The group's mission is to promote fine arts in the region for the benefit of artists, students and community members.

Cynthia Bombach Helzel is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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