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From Trinkets to Treasures Antique Appraiser Mark Moran Stops in Royalton [VIDEO] |

From Trinkets to Treasures Antique Appraiser Mark Moran Stops in Royalton [VIDEO]

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ROYALTON — One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Antique appraiser Mark Moran stopped in Royalton Thursday to discover the town’s hidden gems.


When it comes to finding out the value of an item Moran says most people usually don’t care about how much it’s worth but rather where it came from.

“They just want to know the history. I’ve been doing this for 40 years now involved with antiques in one way for another.  I’m usually able to fill them in on histories, values, origins, uses and design influences, all those sorts of things.”

Moran took a look at Pat Libke’s stuffed teddy bear. Libke has been collecting bear items since she was a kid.

“I brought in an old bear that I think is from the early 1900s. It was given to me by a friend of my mothers.”

Libke’s particular bear is definitely worth more than one you’d find in the store today. She says she was excited to finally find out how much the bear is worth.

“Well I found out he [the bear] is in very good condition, he [was] probably [made in the] early 1900s and he’s [worth] about $700.”

Books, paintings, dinnerware and so much more, people brought in several unique items. Julie McKinley brought in something she found buried in a box.

“I brought in two bookends that are in the shape of nudes that are dancing. I bought them at an estate barn sale and was actually digging through an old box in the barn and I happened to spot these.”

With paying only $5 for the set, McKinley’s bookends proved to be worth well over triple what she paid for them.

“Mark said they are cast iron, which I did not know, with a bronze finish. He said that they should be worth around $100.”

Moran will be stopping at three more Great River Regional Library locations, Monticello, Rockford and Long Prairie, before wrapping up his central Minnesota tour.

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(Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
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