AT Inbox: Do you still watch Antiques Roadshow?

We received some passionate replies to our question: After so many seasons of Antiques Roadshow, do you still make an effort to catch the show? Why?

 I still LOVE Antiques Roadshow and am very sad when PBS pre-empts it for their fund-raising shows. House is another show that I love that is now in direct conflict with “Roadshow” programming. It’s “Roadshow” all the way! Will just have to catch “House” in reruns. Oh, well! Roadshow! ROADshow! ROADSHOW! GIVE ME MORE ROADSHOW! – M.W.

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My husband and I watch it faithfully every time it is on. We even watch repeats and watch when we are on vacation or whenever. If we know we will not be home to watch it, I always tape it. – Leona

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I absolutely make sure I still watch it… If I can’t, I put a tape in. I never miss it – Terrie

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I absolutely will look for all times Antique Roadshow airs. It is educational for me. Being a novice to the antique world my brain is like a sponge where anything antique or vintage is concerned. There is so much for me to learn and since the human mind doesn’t always retain everything it learns the first time around even repeats hold meaning for me. I try to figure out the worth of items before they announce them and I try to figure out country of origin, the makers and the era of the items. Practice makes perfect and I can never get enough of the Antique Roadshow. They are coming here to Atlantic City in NJ in June and I am going to try to get tickets. Wish me luck! –  Lori Cheche

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I just wanted to say I hope Antiques Roadshow stays on tv. I enjoy it so much and I learn so much from it as well. – Cynthia Murphy

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I work nights, so am not around when my husband watches Antiques Roadshow. He has standing orders to Tivo every episode, and is not allowed to tell me anything about them … I want the fun of finding out for myself what treasures or disappointments were shown. – Sally McNair

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I am so sick and tired of Antiques Roadshow. I watch a lot of public television, but that is one program that has outstayed its welcome with me. – Jackson Murra

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If I can possibly make it home in time, I will watch the Antiques Roadshow from the Chattanooga station. Since I live in Canada, any of the shows are of great interest. I hope that it stays on the air, and doesn’t get cancelled due to sponsor cutbacks, like a lot of other decent programming has had to do lately. As long as they keep on producing the Antiques Roadshow I will continue watching. – Brent G. Warren

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I don’t watch the Roadshow unless I stumble over it. I know most of the dealers on it and that is the problem. They are dealers and not appraisers. They are quoting top dollar retail prices that are rarely ever sold for that amount. A NYC Madison Avenue or a Rodeo Drive price is ridiculous to quote at any other venue for an actual sale. That is unless they also state that the item would have to be shipped and insured to that venue for possible sale, usually at the owner’s expense, with no guarantees of a sale. – JC

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On another subject …

I want to thank you for publishing that article on the Butter Pat Association. I have recently become a collector of “small” things, like butter pats, individual salt and pepper sets, individual cream and sugar sets, salt cellars, you can stack a lot of little stuff around your bigger collectables.

 My real passion is cup and saucer sets, but there is so little said about those of us how collect these items. There is not even much about auctions that carry these collectibles. It would be great if sometime you could put in a couple of articles about these collectibles. I have many books on marks and British Porcelain and U.S. marks, but still have problems finding the age and value of many of my cup and saucer sets. Surely there are others out there in the antique world that collect and have knowledge of these items.

How about Web sites where we can contact knowledgable folks or see pictures of marks that would help us in our pursuit of these smaller collections that don’t sell for thousands of dollars, but mean as much to us as the larger items do to those who collect them.

Thanks for listening. –  Rene Bradley

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