Like many people, I enjoy poking around flea markets, antique shows, and book fairs.
Michael Sparks does, also. In 2006 he was browsing through a thrift store in
Did he know what he had? Perhaps not. I wonder if he contacted his local library and asked the reference librarian, “What’s it worth?”
Yes! The library has a rich collection of resources that can help you determine the value of your flea market find or that dusty antique in grandma’s attic.
“Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price List 2008”
“Schroeder’s Antiques Price Guide”
“Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2009”
Reference staff can also guide you to books that cover very specific areas of collecting, such as coins, dolls, guns, pottery, and toys—even Civil War memorabilia.
Stop by the library in
And keep an eye out for that one-of-a-kind treasure. If Michael Sparks can find it, perhaps you can, too.
I’m still looking!
Reference and Adult Services Librarian