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Hit the road for Truckee’s antique fair

Tahoe residents might discover that what they think is trash is truly a treasure at Saturday’s antique appraisal fair in Truckee.

Saturday’s antique fair is a fundraiser hosted by the Truckee chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization ” a group founded by seven college women in 1869 to help other women achieve their educational goals. For the last four years, the organization has awarded two scholarships annually to graduating high school girls within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, said Jo Scott, the event’s chairperson.

Last year, the organization awarded a $2,000 scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship to two Truckee High School girls and provided assistance to a Truckee woman who wanted to finish school, Scott said. The 2007 recipients have not yet been announced.

“We’re always looking for women who have been out of school and want to go back and complete their education,” Scott said.

Looking for unique fundraising ideas to support the scholarships is also a priority to the philanthropic group, and Scott said an antique fair sounded like a fun way to raise money.

Five local appraisers will offer their professional opinion on items brought to the fair. Specializing in decorative art, silver, quilts and textiles, and Native American items, the volunteer appraisers will charge $10 for each item evaluated. All proceeds from the antique fair will contribute to the educational scholarships and other organization scholarships, Scott said.

One of the goals of the appraisal is to answer whether, “… it’s trash, then forget it, or if it’s treasure then pursue it.”

Because sometimes you just never know, said Adelaide Gramanz, owner of Alpine Antiquer in Tahoe City, who once appraised a hand-painted 17th century Japanese scroll worth more than $70,000.

Gramanz said she’ll be on hand to offer appraisals that will give customers an idea of their item’s value.

The Internet has become a valuable source of information about antiques. People can search and sell antiques and collectibles with ease on Web sites such as eBay, Gramanz said.

Old Tahoe memorabilia, ski-related antiques, and anything commemorating the Squaw Valley Olympics attracts collectors to the area, many of whom are second homeowners, she said. However, the “Martha Stewart design,” or rustic-but-new style of home furnishings has proven to be more than a trend. Twenty percent of the merchandise at Alpine Antiquers is new, Gramanz added.

Gramanz said Native American baskets ” like those woven by the Washoe tribe ” are worth $25,000 or more. Paintings depicting realistic landscapes of California, particularly of the 1930s era, have recently found a niche in the antique market as well, she said.

Scott said there will be no buying or selling of antiques during the fair.

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