Hidden Treasures in Your Attic?

Astor Galleries will hold appraisal day on Dec. 5

Astor Galleries of Kingston will host an antique and collectibles appraisal day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring. Specialists will be on hand to offer verbal appraisals on fine art, coins, photography and cameras, toys and dolls, watches and clocks, musical instruments, scientific instruments, books, historical documents, fine jewelry, silver, hunting items, military items, clothing and accessories, textiles and rugs, country items and Chinese and Japanese antiques.

A coin brought to Astor Galleries' appraisal day in September in New Paltz, saved by homeowners since they found it on their property in 1968, was minted in 1776 and estimated to be worth $80,000. (Photo provided)

A coin brought to Astor Galleries’ appraisal day in September in New Paltz, saved by homeowners since they found it on their property in 1968, was minted in 1776 and estimated to be worth $80,000. (Photo provided)

The firm has been holding appraisal days in the Hudson Valley “because many of our local clients have had negative experiences trying to sell items via an estate, tag or yard sale,” explained owner Stephen Cardile. “They often found that a predatory type of buyer or dealer would show up searching only for the items that were seriously undervalued and looking to take advantage of their lack of knowledge.” The event proceeds benefit the local organizations that host them and “are our way of giving back to the community,” he said. “We have come across some amazing discoveries at them.”

No appointment is necessary. A donation of $10 is requested per item or $25 for three items. Appraisers also are available for house calls, or those interested can submit photos via the $10 appraisal tab at astorgalleries.com. For more information, call 800-784-7876 or email Stephen Cardile at [email protected]. St. Mary’s is located at the corner of Main Street and Route 9D (Chestnut Street).

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