You don't have to tell Kentucky Educational Television how much you love Antiques Roadshow. The PBS-produced show is watched each week by 10 million viewers nationwide.
KET figured that Antiques Roadshow, among other broadcasts that prompt viewers to consider whether they have valuables in their attics, was having a moment.
So Kentucky Collectibles, a new show premiering Saturday, was born.
The KET-produced program is led by Dave Shuffett, who also hosts the network's Kentucky Life, and Amy Hess, host of the locally syndicated show The Local Traveler.
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Kentucky Collectibles, which will run for five episodes, with a special episode during the November pledge drive, will feature expert evaluations of collectible items and the stories behind them. The items appraised include an antique quilt, a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, several guns and a watch fob dubbed "the rock" by its owner.
Of particular note is a seemingly modest vase that turns out to be worth far more than its owner ever had imagined. It is determined to have originated from a premier potteryworks of the American Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century.
"He was stunned," producer Erin Lowry said of the owner. "He had no idea it was worth that much."
Often the history is just as interesting on a low-priced item as a valuable one, Lowry said.
Some participants find that they are sitting on a modestly packaged gold mine. Others find that their family heirloom is worth passing on to the next generation but isn't as valuable as they had hoped.
The process is nonetheless riveting, as are the reactions of those who brought the items to be appraised by 15 experts at a fair at KET in May.
"We know more items are out there," Lowry said.
She said KET's next appraisal fair will be June 22.
Lowry said there is a durability to the found-treasure scenario across the TV spectrum — not just with Antiques Roadshow, but with shows including Pawn Stars and American Pickers, both on the History channel.
"We were searching mostly for stories," she said. "All the items had such intriguing stories to them."
One of the guest appraisers, Tom Clark of Clark Art and Antiques on Winchester Road, said Kentucky's store of treasures benefits from being a long-settled state.
He also said that some people might be surprised at the kinds of items currently en vogue among collectors.
"The things that have value these days are not what Grandma told you had value," he said, noting that some pieces of, say, big, old furniture really don't command much of a premium price.
Clark said there's a market for historical paper goods, such as letters from the Civil War era, or small textile-related items, such as "the sampler your great-grandmother did when she moved to Woodford County" or a button from a Civil War uniform.
He said that in his shop, he has a 19th-century spinning wheel from Carlisle "that deserves to be in a museum."
Clark was the appraiser in the memorable segment in which the man finds out that his modest piece of pottery is both rare and valuable.
The show also features short profiles of some stores, including Judy Champion's vintage clothing and furniture store, 2023, in Louisville.
Champion specializes in mid-century items that are not quite antiques but are nonetheless intriguing. Customers hear about her by word of mouth or via an Internet search, although she doesn't have a Web site.
"I do nothing on the Internet," she said. "I take a certain amount of pride in the fact that I do it the old way. It's just kind of stubborn me, I guess."