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Your Money Monday: Trash or Treasure?


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — What’s that one toy, one piece of furniture, one work of art that may be worth thousands?

Monday afternoon, dozens of people brought down their collectible or antique in order for it to be evaluated by one of our experts to see if it was trash…or treasure.

Then starting on ABC40 News at 5, we showed you some of the amazing finds uncovered during the day.

Chicopee resident, Norman Sisson who stopped by to have his item appraised was surprised to learn how much it could be worth.

“An 1888 Martin 121 Guitar and I acquired it as a gift from my great aunt.  It could be (worth) in the $10,000 range.  I had no intention of getting rid of it but it’s nice to know. I want to learn to play it and I’ve taken lessons several times and had to give up for one reason or another,” says Norman.

Another Chicopee resident we spoke to, Richard Marek told us he had no idea how much his item was worth before he stopped by today.

“It’s a 16 gauge shot gun. A fowling piece that’s what he called it. For shooting birds. It’s worth a couple hundred bucks. This came from my wife’s family and I’ve had it for oh my lord about 50 years cause I’m old. And they had it for a good number of years. So I’d say you know 80 to 90 years it’s been in the family,” explains Richard.

If you couldn’t make it out today…But have an item you would like appraised…check out our experts contact information below.

We would thank our experts for joining us today:
Jay Beard
Simond & Oakes Auctioneers & Appraisers LLC
1085 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 301
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 275-4393

David Baillargeon
Swinging Bridge Auctions
10 E. Main Street (Rte 112)
Huntington, MA
(413) 667-4163

George T. Lewis
George Thomas Lewis & Company
P.O. Box 246
Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 584-3777

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