Brenda Dhayer is thinking about taking the powder horn from the Civil War that was in her mother’s attic.
Sue Stone-Douglas plans to take a Chinese piece from the 1930s.
And Gayle Cutshall is hoping to find out the history and purpose of a framed Latin writing that has been in her family for years.
Hundreds of locals will flock to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on July 14 to take part in the popular Public Broadcasting System program “Antiques Roadshow.”
Participants received word this week that they received tickets after entering an online lottery several months ago.
“I’m a huge fan,” said Stone-Douglas, a Deadwood resident who plans to take her brother. As an antique collector, Stone-Douglas said she has many items she would like appraised. The show allows two items per ticket.
“I’m fourth-generation Black Hills, and these are family pieces that I don’t necessarily want to sell,” she said. “I want to know what they’re worth for insurance reasons or maybe for down the line when somebody else would want to sell them.”
Almost 10 million viewers tune in each week to the “Roadshow” to watch experts dole out antique history, advice and appraisals. The 2012 tour also includes Boston, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Seattle, Wash.
At the Rapid City show, more than 70 appraisers will meet with ticketholders, seeing about 600 people an hour. The only items that the “Roadshow” will not appraise are vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins, bicycles, fossils, glass fire extinguishers, explosives or hazardous materials.
Fans say the allure of show comes from a mix of curiosity, entertainment and the nagging wonder about what your own treasures might be worth.
“All of us hope that when you buy a lottery ticket, you’ll win the big one,” Dhayer said. “There will be somebody with rhinoceros horns, and they’re worth a million dollars. And you think, ‘Wouldn’t that be so nice?’”
And of course, she said, there are those moments when you see an item and realize you also had one and sold it at a yard sale.
“It was worth $2,000, and I think, ‘I got $5 bucks for it,’” she said, laughing. “It’s just kind of fun.”
Cutshall, who plans to take her husband to the show, said she has never been the type of person to spot an antique that was worth something.
“I wouldn’t recognize it,” she said. “Some people are really smart and see something like that and they buy it. They realize that it’s valuable.”
Her time with an appraiser in July will do more to satisfy her curiosity about the history of the Latin piece, than about how much it is worth.
“It would be fun to find out what some things are,” she said.
The couple usually watches the show, and tries to guess the value of each item before the appraiser reveals it.
“Sometimes we’re just blown away,” she said. “It’s amazing what people have and what they save.”
Seeing it all live in person will be even better, she said.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she added. “I was really glad I got tickets.”
Appraisals taped during the 2012 summer tour will be part of the show’s 17th season, beginning in Jan. 2013 on PBS.