Mark Moran's traveling antique appraisal show returns to GRRL

“What’s it worth?" "Trash or Treasure?” “Cash or Clutter?”

The name of the program changes depending on venue, but the purpose of each stop on Mark Moran’s traveling antique appraisal event circuit is always the same – to help people understand the history, significance and value of the things they own.

And, Great River Regional Library is pleased to provide 10 upcoming opportunities for folks to meet Mark and find out if an antiquated possession has an unusual backstory.

Moran, who had a star turn on the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” has spent over 30 years buying and selling antiques with a special focus on vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art.

He’s been active as an appraiser for two of those decades, a career that takes him all around the Midwest.

The format of Moran’s program will be familiar to anyone who has seen an episode of “Antiques Roadshow.” He begins by asking how the owner came to acquire the item, what they know about it, (if anything) and he digs into the details of the item’s history, quality and value.

And, even if you don’t have something you think warrants appraisal, you’re still welcome to attend.

“This is appraisal as theater,” Moran says. “So, expect humor, anecdotes, tales from the road and just a lot of fun.”

Moran is also the author or co-author of more than 25 books, including three editions of annual release Warman's Antiques & Collectibles, and has served as editor of numerous trade publications.

Mark will examine and appraise things such as:

  • Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
  • Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
  • Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
  • Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
  • Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
  • Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
  • Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
  • Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
  • Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
  • Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
  • Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets and earrings.
  • Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
  • Books.
  • Sports memorabilia.

To learn more and sign up for a time slot, call the library of your choice, listed below.


“Mark Moran and history of your objects” program dates and locations:



Mon. May 22, 10:00am-1:00pm



Mon. May 22, 5:00-8:00pm

Waite Park


Tues. May 23, 10:00am-1:00pm



Tues. May 23, 5:00-8:00pm

Cold Spring


Wed. May 24, 11:00am-2:00pm



Wed. May 24, 5:00-8:00pm



Thurs. May 25, 10:00am-1:00pm



Thurs. May 25, 5:00-8:00pm for Friends Annual Meeting



Fri. May 26, 3:00-6:00pm

Long Prairie


Sat. May 27, 9:00am-noon at Hat's Off Coffee Shop



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