Antiques Roadshow Seeking "Hidden Treasures" in Oklahoma

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Updated: 7/22/2011 10:08 pm Published: 7/22/2011 8:58 pm

PBS’ most popular program, Antiques Roadshow is in Tulsa this weekend, and Oklahomans are looking to “cash-in.”

The free tickets went fast; more than 19,000 people tried, but there were only 5,000 chosen to go in.

Fox23's Jamie Oberg takes us behind the scenes at Tulsa's Convention Center to show us what it takes to find out if you have just junk or a real treasure.

The backdrop for the show is antique furniture from Oklahoma households; the pieces were picked by PBS producers in advance to set the stage for the appraisers on the popular show "Antiques Roadshow."

The appraisers wouldn't even tell us how much these are worth, because the moment they tell the owners on Saturday is a big part or "the magic" of the show.

"This textile on a bad day would sell for $350 thousand dollars, on a good day, it's worth half a million...oh my God!" The old clips from “Antique Roadshow” on YouTube are priceless.
Viewers learn something about antiques every time, but the best part of the show for many is when the cameras capture the reaction of people as antique appraisers tell them what there old stuff is worth.

For appraisers revealing prices isn't always so fun, they must go through thousands of items...before they find treasures.

"I think people have lots of things in the attic, the basement, the barn and wonder what they're worth? Always looking for a treasure hunt, I think everyone kind of enjoys it on some level,” Antique Roadshow Appraiser, John Sallo said.

Antiques Roadshow has a big appeal with audiences, in its 16th season; it's the highest rated show on PBS.

"I like people more than I like stuff, I think all good antique dealers like people more than they like stuff,” Sallo said. Good people and stories mean good television.

We asked producers, what it takes to make it to the TV show.

"It takes really some honest curiosity and some of my favorite guests are collectors who know a little something." Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer, Marsha Bemko says if people come in and know “too much” about their antique item, they're not likely to make the show.
"I’ve turned down 200 to 300 thousand dollar objects,” Bemko said. "Somebody thought it’d be nice to share with the nation but they knew what they had, this is about discovering
America's hidden treasures."

Sallo already has an idea of what he hopes to see come into the Tulsa Convention Center Saturday, "I love Frank Lloyd Wright, and I’m hoping someone will bring a piece of Frank Lloyd Wright piece tomorrow."

Antiques Roadshow will shoot enough video for three episodes featuring Tulsa. Producers say the episodes will air between January and June of next year, and to keep checking the PBS website for dates and times.

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