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What Not to Bring to “Antiques Roadshow”

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Joining us for the “Antiques Roadshow - Little Rock” appraisal event on Saturday, July 25, and not sure what to bring? Check out a few things you should know, as well as hints from the “Antiques Roadshow” crew!

Please note that tickets are required for event entry. Tickets have already been distributed and will not be for sale on the event day.


1.) Regarding large items —  we can’t "move it, move it."

With all of the activity surrounding the appraisal event, “Antiques Roadshow” and AETN staff will not be able to assist you in carrying or moving large or heavy items. If your item is very heavy, we suggest bringing it on a cart, dolly or anything with non-metal wheels. Don’t forget! Your items must fit through a standard door, and you may need to use an escalator or elevator.


2.) Don’t forget to bring your ticket and an appraisal item!

Remember, we can’t allow anyone to enter the event without a ticket or who hasn’t brought an item for appraisal. Be sure to bring along your ticket and an interesting item - even if you think it’s not the find of the century, it might be a treasure in disguise.


3.) On bearing arms …

While “Antiques Roadshow” does appraise antique swords, knives and firearms, safety is our first priority! 

Knives and swords must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury, and there are a number of rules surrounding the appraisal of firearms. 

Some key notes:
  • Only unloaded firearms will be appraised; please be sure to leave all ammunition at home. 
  • It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with all appropriate laws and ordinances; even when a firearm is deemed to be an antique under federal law, it remains subject to the laws of local jurisdiction. 
  • Appraisers and local law enforcement must be satisfied that it safe to appraise your firearm. All firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event.
  • The use of trigger locks on all firearms is strongly encouraged, and “Antiques Roadshow” reserves the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event. All persons entering the event are subject to search for any reason. 
  • Learn more here.


4.) You can’t put a price on love … or these items. (At least not at the appraisal event.)

While “Antiques Roadshow” appraises a broad array of items, some specialty items can’t be properly assessed and valued in the limited space and/or time surrounding an appraisal event. “Antiques Roadshow” does not appraise vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins, bicycles, tools or fossils.


5.) Safety first!

While they may be fascinating items, due to safety concerns, “Antiques Roadshow” does not appraise glass fire extinguishers, explosives or hazardous materials.


6.) Collections ... or, when you can’t see the trees for the forest.

While a group of very closely related items may be considered a collection and appraised as one item, some groupings can be so vast that it isn’t possible to evaluate them in a limited time period. “Antiques Roadshow” notes that this is often particularly true for military memorabilia collections. (Read their notes here.)  Please be aware that if appraisers determine that you have not brought a collection or that your collection is too broadly related, you will be asked to select one item per appraisal.


7.) Lovely commoners

Deliberating between items for your appraisal selections? Take a shortcut to your decision by reviewing items commonly seen at “Antiques Roadshow” events. While wonderful — and often of great sentimental value — most are a bit too ubiquitous to command high values. 

Some quick examples include: WWII and Korean War era Japanese dragon-decorated porcelain tea and coffee services; mass-produced, large family Bibles (unless signed by historically important figures); black mantel clocks; kitchen and parlor clocks; open-face pocket watches; collectible postcards; marble collections; record albums (unless rare and in mint condition); butterfly wing art; oil reverse paintings on glass; pyrography boxes; vintage sewing machines; dolls made after 1965; antique German dolls with sleeping eyes; worn and torn quilts; modern needlework samplers; tourist carvings; pre-electricity farm tools and kitchen appliances; plastic scrimshaw; mass-produced rocking chairs; baby furniture; early 20th-century occasional tables; Victorian dome-top trunks and cedar chests; damaged or patterned stemware; machined or roughly carved shell cameos; Russian brass samovars; commercially produced violins; frequently copied artworks; photographs by Wallace Nutting; porcelain dinnerware, circa 1890-1960s; religious prints and posters; 19th century fashion periodical prints; early 20th center color prints in imitation of 18-century mezzotints; certificate prints for allegiance to brotherhoods (Freemasons, Elks, etc.); American landscape etchings, circa 1900; machine-woven jacquard tapestries, table covers and coverlets; Victorian silver-plated pitchers; sports cards 1970 to present; toys marked “Made in China;” most arrowheads/arrowhead collections; most turquoise jewelry and assorted bead collections.  Find more detail for your decision here.


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Antiques Roadshow - Little Rock” Appraisal Event
Saturday, July 25, 2025
Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center
Ticket holders should join us at their assigned time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.