Peter gets offended when he's accused of forcing people to throw away their belongings. "If you own something and you say it's of value to you, then what's important is to honor and respect it," he says. "It's about the pleasure something gives you and the way you treat it." Peter talks with Marsha Bemko, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow, and Nan Chisholm, an independent appraiser, art consultant, dealer and Antiques Roadshow contributor, about how to become a better collector. Also, Peter and Nan answer callers' questions about their collections.
Now in its 12th season, Antiques Roadshow features auction house specialists and independent dealers appraising antiques and collectibles. Marsha says it is popular because people love watching people's experiences, surprises and disappointments. However, she says there is a difference between antique collectors and souvenir collectors. "Truly passionate collectors are more knowledgeable," Marsha says. "When you start talking about people with limited edition, recently made, mass-produced memorabilia—those are souvenirs. Mass-produced items, as a rule, aren't worth as much as you paid for them."
When it comes to creating a good collection, Nan says there needs to be a cohesive thread that connects the items, such as a theme, date, subject or type of product. To become a better collector, Marsha offers the following suggestions:
Published on September 04, 2008