‘Antiques Roadshow’ comes to Portland, drawing thousands of people

Some came toting historical photos, others hauled in family heirlooms and at one point, someone was rolling around a lifesize status of Jesus.

On Saturday, the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow” came to Portland for the first time since 2004, turning exhibit halls at the Oregon Convention Center into a combination of antiques store, thrift shop and Grandma’s attic.

After it was announced that “Antiques Roadshow,” the most-watched ongoing series on PBS, was returning to Portland, requests for free tickets poured in.

The 23,000 ticket requests for the Portland taping represented the highest number received for any of the show’s six summer 2017 stops, including Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Green Bay, Wisconsin; St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Newport, Rhode Island.

About 3,000 pairs of tickets for the Portland taping were awarded, via a random drawing. By the end of Saturday, organizers expected to see from 5,000 to 6,000 people, and about 10,000 items brought in for appraisal.

By Saturday afternoon, the convention center exhibit halls were packed with people of all ages, standing in line to wait their turn to get up to two items per person appraised.

In the line to have musical instruments appraised (there were more than 20 categories of items), a young man named Zoe had his turn (it’s “Antiques Roadshow” policy not to use last names or hometowns for people who bring in items for appraisal.)

Zoe showed off a jeweled accordion that had belonged to his grandmother, which she got in the mid-1930s, and which she played.

The accordion was made by the Excelsior company, and appraisers consulted sources to learn more about it.

Afterwards, Zoe said he learned the item didn’t seem to be very common, as there weren’t many comparable models to use for estimating. The appraiser told him the sparkly accordion was worth from $2,000 to $3,000.

“I really didn’t know what the market for accordions would be,” he said. But he wasn’t planning on selling the…

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