Thursday, May 12, 2005

My Stuff Is Stuff, Your Stuff Is...Worth A Small Fortune

As a local business owner, I am privy to all kinds of insider-info, like the fact that Nick Cave once bought a skirt from us, or that poor Natalie Portman used our horrific bathroom and lived to tell the tale.

I also happen to know that the Discovery Channel has a new show coming out called "Pop Nation" that sounds sort of like the "Antiques Roadshow" for those of us raised on the works of Sid and Marty Krofft. Most importantly for Austinites, the show is having a "professional appraisal" of collectible crapola at the Austin Convention Center on June 18.

The flyer I received reads:
Calling all pack rats & collectors, this is your chance to make money and BE ON TV: Bring you POST-1960s collectibles to Pop Nation TV Extravaganza. Everyone gets a professional appraisal--You may get cash on the spot.

I was hoping to be considered as an "expert appraiser," but alas I think they are just trying to get the word out to people who might know collector-nuts. Which I do. In the Biblical sense.

You have to register at the show's website in order to attend. The site says that you can only bring one item, and that the item must be able to be carried by hand--that means no life-size Jabba the Hut slave ships Chepo P. and Terri R.! It looks like they are after stuff like lunchboxes, Barbie dolls, toys, rare vinyl, and even military collectibles--as long as it is post-1960s.

Sounds like fun...or hell. I can't decide.

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