I love a lot of things in life but what I love more than about anything is old stuff. (Yeah, I know I have kids. I said about.) My house is filled dwith antiques and thrifted items that I can’t live without and plenty of my Saturdays are spent lurking around Value Village and Community Thrift Store, looking for the perfect item that I’m pretty sure I don’t need.

Every once in a while, I come upon something pretty valuable at a pretty low price. Or — even better — sometimes I’m gifted something valuable. These things have sentimental value, yes, but sometimes it’s exciting for them to have a monetary value, too. I’m so hooked on this that my mom now gives me things under a “promise me you aren’t going to sell this” premise.

I’m not the only one that’s about that life, though. By now I’m sure we’re all pretty familiar with “Antiques Roadshow,” the show where folks line up with their heirlooms and garage sale finds to have them appraised.

PBS Charlotte jumped in gear and has started their own, more concentrated version of this show called “Carolina Collectibles.” Teaming with experts from the site Everything But The House, “Carolina Collectibles” brings the concept to a more local audience.

Since about March, there has been some buzz that President Donald Trump is looking to cut funding for public media. This has caused quite the stir within many circles, unsure of what this could mean for well-rounded news sources. PBS Charlotte is using their antique concept to raise money for their stations in order to keep quality programs on-air.

So how does this all tie together?

“Carolina Collectibles” will host an appraisal event Saturday, Sept. 16, at the PBS Charlotte location, 3242 Commonwealth Ave. For a donation to the station, you can have your antique items appraised and help support this great local media outlet.

Select an appointment time between 9:30-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. to bring in your items and have them evaluated by the pros all while doing a good deed.

We’ve all got old junk lying around. Check your attic, your storage unit, your grandma’s attic. In terms of pricing, $120 gets you a ticket for two items evaluated and $156 gets you three. This money goes straight back to the station. See? Everyone wins.

For more information, visit the event website. If you have more than three items, reach out to MemberServices@wtvi.org or call 704-330-5929.

Photo: Charlotte Observer Files

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