Annapolis, Md. (PRWEB) March 17, 2010
Accomplished art and antiques appraiser Todd Peenstra believes it's better to give than to receive, at art and antique shows and fairs, and will be doing so at shows in March, April, June and July.
"It delights people I meet at antique, collectibles and art shows when they discover I discuss the value of their items at no cost to them," says Peenstra. He gives as an example the upcoming Appraisal Fair, April 24-25 in Georgetown, in Washington, DC; an event specifically for people to find out what items they bring are worth.
"I am there to introduce the role of independent appraisal. I'm not selling anything at that fair. I give folks a chance to experience having a value determined by someone who isn't selling art or antiques." Peenstra points out dealers come to fairs to buy and sell. "My only goal at these shows is that art and antique lovers become familiar with receiving a fair and accurate value, with no pressure." Peenstra expects many to contact him in the future to receive an informed appraisal of other items. He also feels strongly that it is the duty of appraisers to spread the word that a code of ethics in the appraisal business warns against conflicts of interest.
"I feel it's important that antique and art show enthusiasts appreciate the fact that an independent appraiser is different from a dealer. Dealers must buy at a lower price in order to sell at a profit. That has been known to affect appraisal of an item."
Peenstra plans to continue his tutoring tour at a number of upcoming shows, beginning March 26-28 at the Oxon Hill, MD Antiques Show, through the National Convention of the Cut Glass Association in Ann Arbor, Michigan July 14-17. He points to another excellent event in June 26 and 27 in Arlington, VA, The Northern Virginia Antiques and Modernism Show." Peenstra maintains a complete schedule of upcoming events and their locations on his website.
"What a diverse event that will be! I get to provide no-cost expertise appraising pieces from several centuries."
For media information, contact Todd Peenstra at 410-280-2262.