Like many people, I enjoy poking around flea markets, antique shows, and book fairs.
Michael Sparks does, also. In 2006 he was browsing through a thrift store in
Did he know what he had? Perhaps not. I wonder if he contacted his local library and asked the reference librarian, “What’s it worth?”
Yes! The library has a rich collection of resources that can help you determine the value of your flea market find or that dusty antique in grandma’s attic.
“Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price List 2008”
“Schroeder’s Antiques Price Guide”
“Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2009”
Reference staff can also guide you to books that cover very specific areas of collecting, such as coins, dolls, guns, pottery, and toys---even Civil War memorabilia.
Stop by the library in
And keep an eye out for that one-of-a-kind treasure. If Michael Sparks can find it, perhaps you can, too.
Reference and Adult Services Librarian