What are your antiques worth? People in Watertown find out

Updated: Jan. 18, 2020 at 6:58 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) -Have you ever wondered what your old antiques are actually worth? Dozens of people got their answers Saturday.

The State Street Market in Watertown brought in auctioneer Bernie Brzostek to appraise antiques.

“Every day somebody comes in and asks us if we know what something they have is worth. So we though we’d bring in the best of the best, which is Bernie Brzostek,” said State Street Market owner Patricia Johnson, " He’s been in the business for a very long time."

“We had some great things here today, some guy brought in a horse weather vein earlier, found it in a barn, that was those bring in a thousand to three thousand dollar range,” said Brzostek.

Another exciting discovery was an antique poster owned by Frank Coburn. The poster was valued over $9,000.

“The wife and I collect stuff, and we got this several years ago. And we thought we’d bring it down to Bernie and see what it might be valued for, and it’s just like the road show. Up to $9000!” said Coburn.

Brzostek says 90% of items don’t have a significant monetary value, but perhaps they’re priceless for sentimental reasons.

There were some historical finds Saturday. One item, a sword worth a few hundred dollars, was from the Civil War.

And even if an item has no monetary, sentimental, or historic value, Brzostek says it’s still a thrill just finding out.

“'Cause everybody is always on a treasure hunt. It’s like winning the lottery. It’s really the search instead of the find,” said Brzostek.

You can’t put a price on that feeling.

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