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At The Antiques Mall Show Humane Society Fundraiser, Find Out What Your Valuables Are Really Worth

Appraise those items you have piling up in your garage, and donate money for a good cause. 

The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will be hosting its second annual Antiques Mall Show fundraiser at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place on Sept. 10. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Inspired by the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow,” the event will feature appointments with two experts from the hit television show: Stuart Whitehurst and Diane Marvin. 

Here’s how it works: Attendees can sign up for a time slot to meet the appraisers, to whom they can present anything from vases to artwork, sports memorabilia to furniture. For $20, the designated expert will share what he or she believes the item is worth. (Attendees can also choose to bring two items for $30 or three items for $40.) All proceeds will benefit Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. 

And lest you think the charity’s furry friends would miss out on the action, dogs and cats looking for forever homes will be based at nearby pet boutique Pucci and Catana. 

“Even if we can get one pet adopted… it’s worth it,” said Courtney Zanetti, community outreach director for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. “It’s always nice to give [the pets] a field trip.”

The concept for the fundraiser began last year after one of the nonprofit’s board members—who was friends with an appraiser—proposed the idea. Intrigued, the Palm City-based organization took the plan for a test run of sorts at The Gardens Mall. Nearly 100 people—hailing from as far south as Broward up through Indian River County—booked appointments.

“We were shocked by the amount of people who were interested and came out for it,” Zanetti said. “We decided to host it again this year and bring it a little closer to home.” 

This year, guests can expect light bites, a 50/50 raffle, and plenty of coupons for Harbourside Place restaurants and shops, including Tommy Bahama, Another Broken Egg Cafe, JoFit, White House Black Market, Blowzone and Venetian Nail Spa. 

“It’s a great opportunity to come out and get your holiday shopping early,” Zanetti said. 

Stumped on what to bring? Don’t discount those funky, inherited items you may chalk up as junk.

“You take things for granted, and you just think, ‘It’s just an heirloom, nothing crazy,’ and that’s what turns out to be something of value,” Zanetti said. 

To sign up for a time slot, follow this linkWalk-ins are welcome, but organizers do recommend registering in advance. 

Stuart Magazine is a sponsor for this event. 

(Images courtesy Humane Society of the Treasure Coast)