Arizona PBS seeks viewer submissions for 'Arizona Collectibles'

By

Joe Giordano

Arizona PBS invites the Arizona State University community to apply for a chance to have their antiques and heirlooms featured on the third season of “Arizona Collectibles.”

The Arizona PBS original series, hosted by radio personality Beth McDonald of KESZ-FM, spotlights antiques, heirlooms and other collectibles found in homes across Arizona.

ASU alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to submit a description of an item at azpbs.org/collectibles . Those selected will receive a complimentary admission ticket to the show on the weekend of April 9-10 and one free evaluation.

Additional evaluations can be purchased for $35 both days of the event. The deadline to submit an item is Monday, April 4. Based on the outcome of the appraisers’ evaluations, guests may be invited to appear on camera with their collectibles.

“‘Arizona Collectibles’ is such a fun way for Arizonans to find out what their family treasures may be worth,” said Arizona PBS producer Margery Punnett. “Our team at Arizona PBS gets so excited for the big evaluation weekend because we never know what someone will bring into the studio.”

The program’s second season featured a variety of items, including a painting by American western artist Charles Marion Russell valued between $750,000 and $1.25 million and a Luis Vuitton trunk with an estimated value between $6,000 and $8,000.

Interested individuals can receive a special invitation to the evaluation event by pledging $125 and becoming members of Arizona PBS. As a thank you gift, these members will be provided a timeslot to have up to three items evaluated at no additional cost.

Each collectible must be within the 50-pound weight limit, and guests must be able to carry their own items for evaluation.

Categories of items eligible for evaluation include:

• furniture and decorative arts
• jewelry and watches
• Native American artifacts
• books and manuscripts
• paintings and drawings
• Asian art and decorative arts
• collectibles – coins, stamps, 20th century
• toys and amusements
• memorabilia and ephemera
• rugs and textiles

“Arizona Collectibles” is an Arizona PBS original production made possible by Morris Hall, Biltmore Loan & Jewelry, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences and Whitfill Nursery.