Profitt Report: See how Antiques Roadshow appraisers search for hidden gems

Photo credit: Mike Horne

Everyone loves a treasure hunt: the idea of finding value where you wouldn’t normally expect it.

Going on their 23rd season, the Antiques Roadshow brings that search to our TV screens.

“It’s so nerdy, it's so cool,” said Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the Roadshow.

Over the last few months, they taped next year’s shows at five cities, including Rochester, Mich. Regular people sharing their treasures are the stars of this show, but they rely on the expertise of the appraisers. The Roadshow brings along specialists in every category you can image: toys, books, jewelry, rugs and textiles to name a few.

“What you don’t know about them is they volunteer their time, volunteer their services,” Bemko said.

Guests can bring in two items for appraisal: they head to the appropriate area, wait in line and learn their fate.

After chatting with a few appraisers, here’s our top tips to finding hidden gems in your home: look for something unique.

“Like in real estate it's location, location, location. Here, it's condition, condition, condition,” said Noel Barrett, a toy appraiser who’s only missed a few episodes over the show’s 23 seasons.

However, what Barrett calls hyper rarity could trump condition.

The episodes taped this year are scheduled to start airing in January 2019. For more information, please click here.

The Profitt Report wants to hear from you - please send consumer questions and story ideas to

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off