The event includes more than 300 exhibitors, demonstrations, seminars, giveaways, a Wellness Zone, a Fun Zone, Pink Booth for breast cancer awareness and even antique appraisals.
Last year, dogs and cats beckoned to be adopted, flu shots were administered, thrift-shop items invited inspection and bounce houses offered fun for youngsters at the show.
The Fall Home Show, presented by The Daytona Beach News-Journal at the Ocean Center on Friday, Mar. 22, to Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013, includes 150 exhibitors and more than 300 booths. Chef and fitness demonstrations will be featured, as well as Dr. Lori Verderame of the Discovery Channel’s "Auction Kings" show appraising potential antique items.
Her evaluations were extremely popular last year. One woman brought a basket that was valued at $8,000. "We’ve had some pretty high-end items," said Jessica Fox, event marketing manager. Edith Bogusz walked in with a 1926 edition of A. A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh," which was valued at $4,000-6,000.
Dr. Lori, a University of Michigan graduate who earned her doctorate from Penn State University, said she started appraising items after a woman was shortchanged on a document related to George Washington. She sold it to an appraiser for $50, not knowing it was worth $50,000.
"I don’t want any more 75-year-old women getting stuck," she said about why she got into appraising items. "You’re going to get an honest, accurate appraisal because I don’t have a financial interest."
Dr. Lori has seen it all throughout the nearly 20 years she’s appraised objects for the public. The most-expensive item she’s come across was a $500,000 Tiffany lamp a man brought to her wrapped in a cat’s bed.
The weirdest: a lock of hair purportedly from Napoleon Bonaparte.
"They’re all interesting,’’ she said.
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