Q: Every time I watch a show that talks about the value of an antique, they stress that the item should be in the original, used condition and that any attempt to clean an item will ruin the value. But shows such as “American Restoration” seem to take the opposite opinion. Which is correct?
A: Matthew Quinn, a regular on the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” answers: The key here is that the item lost value because it needed to be restored, not that it was actually restored. If one were to restore an item that didn’t need it, then you would be reducing the value. Collectors always prefer original condition. Restore only when necessary.
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Craftapalooza next weekend
The Craftapalooza & Fabulous Vintage Market returns to Century II on Jan. 31. The shopping event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Exhibition Hall. It will feature jewelry, decor, handmade goods, vintage items and antiques. Admission is $3; children under 12 are free. Montage Festivals puts on the market; its website is www.montagefestivals.com.
In color at Botanica
Copper Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe orgyalis), in the greenhouse.
Grow Good Food classes
For five Tuesday evenings starting Feb. 3, the Extension Service will offer classes in growing good food. The cost is $10 for the series. Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Extension Center at 21st and Ridge Road. Dates and topics: Feb. 3, basic vegetable gardening; Feb. 10, planning and planting to preserve; Feb. 17, weed control and growing tomatoes; Feb. 24, fall gardening and season extension; March 3, growing grapes and blackberries. To register, go to growgoodfood.eventbrite.com online, or call 316-660-0100.
The Extension also will have a workshop for vegetable growers who sell or want to sell at market on Feb. 7. The event will include networking with other growers, and learning about marketing skills, soil health, pest-control techniques, beekeeping and cut flowers. The cost is $20, or $25 after Jan. 31. Register by Feb. 5 at 2015ckmvgw.eventbrite.com online or call 316-660-0100.