Curious about the worth of that gold pocket watch from your great uncle, or the Tiffany-style lamp you bought at a yard sale? On Saturday, October 26th, get your questions answered. Bring that old item to Symphony of Treasures: Collectibles and Delectables at The Rendezvous, 3127 Lucas St., from 5:00-9:00 pm. The event supports the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra and offers a bargain on appraisals.
But you can also come empty-handed. “You can enjoy the evening’s festivities, including the silent and live auctions, live music, and the hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. With everything we have going on, this will be a night to remember,” said Carmen Bugay, president of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Association.
The evening will feature periodic explanations by the appraisers on how they determine an item’s value. Guests can also participate in a game to guess the values of selected antiques as well as bidding on auctioned items such as bouquet-a-month service from The Flower Gallery, catering by A Guy and a Grill, tickets to the Boston Pops at Hancher Auditorium, and some items from the Richard and Mary Jo Stanley estate, including an Iowa State University chair. Schroeder Auctions, LLC, will conduct the live auction.
Naim Bouchareb, who owns Renaissance Antiques/Iowa Oriental Rug Company in Davenport, expects to see some familiar faces as he and a helper offer appraisals at this event. “I have many long-time customers from Muscatine. Your community has been good to me.” Bouchareb expects to return that good will to the Muscatine community and the symphony in particular.
While he specializes in antique rugs and lamps, Bouchareb and his assistant at this event will also assess the value of paper goods, pottery, jewelry, glass, art, tools, and toys – anything you can carry. Individual guests may bring a maximum of two items, and Bouchareb reminds those interested in getting appraisals that anything fifty years or older counts as an antique. This event offers a deal on appraisals with the $35 event ticket. Bouchareb said he typically charges $25 per item, or for more valuable items, three percent of the piece’s worth.
Fundraising plays an important role for the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. Per-concert outlay averages about $11,000, so the $15 adult concert admission only covers a fraction of operating expenses. Our local symphony offers two free community shows and five MasterWorks performances each year.
You can purchase Symphony of Treasures tickets at the customer service counter at Hy-Vee, 1600 2nd Ave., or on the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra website, https://muscatinesymphony.org; at the door, or by calling (563) 264-2071.