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. She had recently sold an historic George Washington document $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.”
Dr. Lori says, “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 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, launches the holiday season Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 10 with over 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, 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.
Marsh Day is set for Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature food sampling, grocery coupons and more.
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.