Dr. Lori, celebrity antique appraiser on Discovery channel’s reality TV show “Auction Kings,” will give free antique appraisals at the 64th annual Christmas Gift and Hobby Show Nov. 6-8 on the Theater Stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion.
The award-winning TV personality has been featured on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for her comedic and no-holds-barred approach. She will offer appraisals (one per person, per session) as part of her show at noon, 3, and 6 p.m. each day.
“I’ll break some hearts, I’ll make some millionaires,” Dr. Lori said in a press release.
She’ll provide tips on how to sell unwanted heirlooms for top dollar as showgoers learn the secrets of auctions, how to negotiate and find bargains, why you shouldn’t host a yard sale, and share insight on what’s real about reality TV.
Dr. Lori has always had a love of history through objects. As the youngest of three daughters, she was affectionately known in her family as her father’s “son.” As a youngster, she enjoyed going fishing with her father, watching baseball games, and hunting flea markets and yard sales for antiques that would end up in her No. 1 favorite spot — her dad’s garage. She now cherishes those memories as he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Living through the Great Depression and World War II, Dr. Lori’s parents instilled their belief in education and their appreciation for the value of old objects. They encouraged Dr. Lori to follow her interests in the field, so she earned several academic degrees in history including a Ph.D. from Penn State University.
After years of teaching in university classrooms and working as a museum director, Dr. Lori was inspired to start appraising antiques after an unexpected encounter with a 75-year-old woman.
“This woman told me her story,” Dr. Lori said. “She had recently sold a historic George Washington document for $50 that was worth $50,000! She said she needed the $50 to pay her electric bill. When I met her, I thought, this woman could be my mother — anyone could make that mistake.”
She added, “That woman’s mistake inspired me to share my education and expertise. So, I do just that presenting over 150 antique appraisal shows and appraising 20,000 objects that audiences bring me to review every year.”
Dr. Lori shares insider information about antiques online at www.DrLoriV.com and to 9.5 million readers through her internationally syndicated column featured in 406 newspapers worldwide and on her blog for Lifetime Television.
The Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, Central Indiana’s largest one-stop Christmas shop, includes more than 350 exhibitors relating to art, music, hand-painted and personalized items, holiday and home décor, sports and collegiate memorabilia, books, jewelry, toys, apparel, designer-inspired accessories, fragrances, nostalgia collectibles, and wine and specialty foods along with samples and demonstrations.
Some new highlights include “Merry Merchant Markdowns,” Santa’s “give back” program, gift-wrapping contests, coat check and gift-wrap station, and special visits with real reindeer.
Return favorites include $10,000 in Merry Money and prize giveaways for guests best portraying the holiday spirit, adoptable pets, dance and musical acts, local literati, visits with Santa, and a Christmas Café & Libation Station.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Advance tickets are $8 and available at all central Indiana Marsh, O’Malia, and MainStreet Market locations now through Nov. 10, or on the show’s website with the coupon code “Holiday.” General admission is $10 at the door, $7 for seniors age 65-plus on Senior Days, Nov. 6 and 7; free for active and retired U.S. military on Nov. 8 to honor Veterans Day; and free for children 12 and younger.
For more information and details on special features, call 576-9933 or visit the website at www.ChristmasGiftandHobbyShow.com.