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Appraisal event promises to unearth hidden ‘Treasure’

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 11, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Is Grandma’s glass bowl a kitschy classic or a source of cash? Is that old painting in the attic a masterpiece masquerading as discount store décor?

Get the answers to questions like these during Treasure Uncovered, an appraisal event from 3 to 7 p.m. June 20 at The Helm at the Boll Life Center in Grosse Pointe Farms. Attendees are invited to bring up to three items to be evaluated, at a cost of $7 per item, with proceeds supporting the work of the nonprofit Helm, formerly Services for Older Citizens.

No guns will be allowed, but attendees are welcome to bring just about anything else they can carry, including jewelry, rugs, military items, toys, art, ceramics, couture, china, glass, dolls and more.

Lynda Altovilla, director of finance at The Helm, said this event was inspired by the popular television program, “Antiques Roadshow.”

“I just think it’s a fun idea,” she said. “It’s fun to find out about your treasures … Grab a couple of friends and a couple of antiques, and have a fun afternoon.”

All of the appraisers are donating their time and expertise in different types of antiques. Appraisers slated to take part at press time included Michelle Danowski, Dan LaLonde, Alan Marschke, Lori Stefek and John Steininger.

Although walk-in appointments may be accepted, if available, on the day of the event, attendees are urged to make an appointment no later than June 14 by contacting Peter Poulos at (313) 649-2104 or at Poulos, the development manager at The Helm, said participants are asked to fill out a form with information about their item or items — photos are welcome with the form — so that they can be paired with the right appraisal expert and so that the appraiser can do research ahead of time.

“It’ll help the appraiser determine the value of the item,” Poulos said of registering ahead of time. “It’ll make the interaction that much more rich, that much more effective, that much more impactful.”

Those who don’t set up an appointment might have to wait to see an appraiser, he said.

Besides the fact that Poulos said Helm officials thought this would be “an exciting event” for the community, it’s also a chance to introduce people to The Helm and its many programs and services for seniors and their loved ones.

“(It’s) a great opportunity for people who are not as familiar with the Boll Life Center to see what we’re all about,” Poulos said.

Attendees will be able to park in The Helm’s free parking lot, Poulos said. People from any community are welcome to participate.

“We think it’s a great opportunity,” Poulos said. “Springtime is always the time people are doing some cleaning around the house.”

The Helm is located at 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. For more information, visit or call (313) 882-9600.