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The famous Antiques Roadshow, exciting. A chance to have treasures you’ve hoped would be worth a million or maybe a couple hundred thousand, valued by professionals. Maybe you would be on TV?

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We brought my low-end Sony camera. Jim took my picture headed for the end of the line. I was told they had 400 people registered to arrive for the day. My vouchers were for the 11:00 to 12:30 slot.You donate $150 for three items.DSC05053 (Copy)

Because I had a small Chinese silk rug, we were sent to the Asian Arts room. It was interesting to see how it worked. Chairs lined up before three tables of evaluators.

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Here I am, in second place and I’m excited, considering this a possible high value rug because I had a Turkish rug dealer tell me it was worth $25,000. He explained that Chinese rugs have over 2000 knots per square inch while Turkish rugs have half that. He said the Chinese didn’t know what they had until recently. Now their rugs sell for very high prices.

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Isn’t it beautiful?  This is the back of the rug.

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This is the front of the rug.

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The evaluator told me about the famous pictures. It is a scene called The Dream Of The Red Chamber, and, she said, “…it lacks the male villain.”  There is a book about these figures and it was interesting to hear about it, but she doesn’t value  rugs and I had to leave and go to the room for  Decorative Art.

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The  evaluator  was Deric Torres from the auction house, Clars. He dismissed my rug as not valuable, worth less than I paid for it at an estimated  $800. He also said the Chinese mix in fibers and the silk may not be silk, and they are an untrustworthy investment. However, I have a tag, receipt and provenance for mine, so I would have no trouble proving it was pure silk.  Now if it were a Turkish rug, said he, it would have some value.  Oh, well. I figured the Turkish rug dealer exaggerated, but I didn’t expect it to be below the price I paid for it.

However, he got very excited about my Teka or Teca vase that he is holding. He showed me on the computer that it is worth $3,949 dollars, undamaged. I’ve had it for at least 20 years and last year my housemate hit it with a vacuum wand  and chipped it and then vacuumed up the chip. This happened while I was gone so I couldn’t even retrieve the chip. Now the estimated value is 1700 to 2500 if you can get someone who wants it very badly. I think that is very unlikely, but it does  validate my choices. I paid $12 for it at a Murphys second-hand furniture store in the 80’s.

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The third item I brought, an Israeli  vase, which is badly damaged, he valued at $600. I sometimes think they just want you to go home happy, if possible. It has an interest history, at least to me.

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On a trip to Disneyland in 1986 with a bunch of exchange students, we stayed at my daughter’s apartment on Katella Blvd. not far from Disney. I stopped at a gallery and saw this piece priced at $300, way out of my budget at the time.

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It hung in my mind and I drew it from memory, and this is what I remembered. Not very accurate but for whatever unknown reason, I kept the drawing as a reminder of it.

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In 1988, I went back to Disney with a another car load of exchange students to my daughter’s apartment, and here was that Israeli vase damaged, badly glued, on sale for $75. I bought it and rolled up my little drawing and put it inside the vase where it has sat very much loved on my dining room sideboard.

Torres told me it would cost as much as its value to have it restored, so, my broken down vase, that I always referred to as my chess piece, is worth what I paid for it— maybe more.

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After our long wait in the decorative arts room, evaluation over, we went to the Virgin Sturgeon for lunch, a  place recommended by staff at KVIE.

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From a window seat by the river, we watched the boats and took a leisurely lunch before the 2 hour drive home. It was a fun day, I learned gobs and I’ll probably go back next year and let them surprise me again with more “junk.”



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Corpus Christi, Texas – Day 1

Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 50 miles from Kingsville to Corpus Christi, Texas.

We are parked at the Eagles Club #2249 where we spent the night.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


When we arrived at 11:30 AM, we thought we’d get settled in and then drive around a bit to get the lay of the land. However fate had different plans for us. If you look closely at the above photo on the far right in the background you will see a trailer from which emerged Larry Mills. Larry informed us he was the security guard, trustee, bar manager and additional host of other titles. He has been a member of this club since 1982, winters here and summers at his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Eagles Club is closed on the weekend, but Larry asked if we’d like a tour of the facilities and of course we said yes. As he opened the door, he asked “Would you like a beer?” Mary and I do not usually drink at noontime, but soon found ourselves sitting at the bar…


At the bar, Larry drink his Miller Lite while Mary and I drank our normal drinks…mine being Canadian Mist and water.

Larry proved quickly proved to be a very congenial and very funny fellow and we were soon laughing up a storm. To give you an example of his humor, when I asked if he was married, he replied…”No, I’m divorced…my wife ran off with the gardener and I thought she didn’t like Chinese food.” Think about it for a moment…

This is the lounge as seen from the bar…


Larry told us the hall has one of the largest dance floors in South Texas…


Since Mary and Larry are both originally from Michigan, that only added to the camaraderie. To make a long story short, we sat and chatted with much laughter for the next two hours…after which I was no longer in condition to drive, so we adorned to the motorhome for the remainder of the day.

This Eagles Club actually has provisions for RV’s including 30 amp electrical service, so we are very comfortable here and will likely stay for 3-4 days. Here’s the view from the dinette window with Larry’s trailer in the background…


Enjoying meeting interesting and funny people is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!!!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…(look closely on the Texas coast…)


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


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