People, Places and Priceless Treasures
In her book Antiques Roadhow Behind the Scenes, Bemko covers the people who make the show interesting, including some of the characters who never made it on the air. She delves into how the places the where the events are held are chosen, and gives some insight on why outdoor venues just won't do.
She also discusses what makes an antique catch the eye of one of the show's appraisers - an object with intriguing family history, for instance. But she also reminds readers that only a handful of the thousands of items brought into each event are truly priceless treasures. And in case you're wondering what not to bring, Bemko says limited-edition and mass-produced collectibles are items that top the list. They're just far too common to ever be considered for on-air appraisals.
Fun and Intersting Facts
- For every taping event, a total of 3,800 pairs of tickets are distributed. How many people actually use those tickets? Attendance ranges from 5,000 to 6,000 for each event.
- Drawn from a pool of 150 experts who volunteer their time and pay their own travel expenses, each event usually has 75 to 80 appraisers on hand to handle valuation requests.
- Local PBS stations round up 110 volunteers for each taping to assist paid traveling staff and local station crews consisting of several dozen people. Each volunteer receives an official Antiques Roadshow shirt and the right to bring an item to be appraised, a very coveted perk.
- Antiques Roadshow appraisers must follow a stringent, written code of conduct and sign an agreement that disallows them from soliciting business or offering to purchase items brought to events for evaluation. They must also agree to objectively appraise each object independent of any outside influence. Integrity is paramount.
- To qualify for possible inclusion in a broadcast, taped guests must attest to the truth of the information given regarding the origin, history and ownership of the item they brought in for evaluation by an appraiser by signing a release form. Folks telling tall tales without substantiating provenance just don't fly with the show's producers.