BOISE, Idaho — The Antiques Roadshow is making a stop in Boise at the Idaho Botanical Garden, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
The show is one of PBS's most-watched ongoing series, and this summer marks the show's 27th production tour.
"The magic of a roadshow event is the serendipitous moments captured by our cameras, and we're ready to discover Boise's treasures during our day at Idaho Botanical Garden," said Marsha Bemko, the executive producer for the series.
Bemko is the legendary Executive Producer of Antiques Roadshow, an all-time PBS classic. Since 1997 Bemko and her team have traveled the country, meeting interesting people with interesting items. A team of experts appraise items, everything from paintings to pocket watches, and they share the history behind them. Bemko’s job, selecting the best of the best to profile on the show.
“My favorite appraisals, I’m a jaded producer, it’s not about the money for me. My favorite appraisals are with a great story. They can give you goosebumps, true goosebumps,” Bemko said.
At the appraisal event, guests will receive free verbal evaluations of their antiques and collectibles from the leading auction houses and independent dealers in the country. Ticketed guests are invited to bring an item to be appraised, but no more than two items are allowed.
Expert appraiser Nicho Lowry is a fan favorite, he loves the interactions at these events. He finds people love to hear about their items, even if they are worthless.
Walking through the Antiques Roadshow you will hear and see a collection of stories and tales you can’t find anywhere else. It’s that feeling that keeps everyone coming back, especially the appraisers. Lowery says, yes, they too sit around after the show marveling about the items and stories.
“What did you see? What did you pitch? What were you what did what was turned down? What did you go in there with? It's great,” Lowery said.
Bemko says the common thread at the Roadshow is a great equalizer.
"We all care desperately about what we've brought today. Anybody who's bought, we have two items, all of our guests that each ticket holder gets to bring two items. Often they're inherited things. Often they're family objects and whatever it's worth. This is what we all have in common here today. Everybody really wants to learn about what they own. They care deeply about it,” Bemko said.
Vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins, bicycles, tools, fossils, glass fire extinguishers, and explosives or hazardous materials will not be accepted for appraisal.
Admission to the show is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Tickets won't be available at the door.
Dollies and carts are not permitted at this event, but small rolling suitcases with rubber wheels will be accepted.
To maintain health and safety, all production events will follow the Antiques Roadshow COVID-19 policies, with most of the appraisals and filming to take place outdoors. Event requirements could change based on CDC recommendations.
People can learn more about the sweepstakes and see a complete list of entry rules, here.
The deadline for entry was Monday, March 21.
For more information on Antiques Roadshow events, visit the show's FAQ page or call 888-762-3749.
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