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    Tour and Tickets

    Which cities are you visiting in 2014, and when are you coming to my town?
    Why haven't you visited my town yet?
    Are tickets needed to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
    How and when can I get tickets to an event?
    How do you decide who gets tickets?
    How many times can I apply for tickets?
    If I send a postcard application, can I send it in an overnight package or envelope?
    How many tickets can I get?
    Why is the number of tickets limited?
    Is there a cost or service charge for the tickets?
    Will you confirm that you received my ticket application?
    When does the ticket selection take place?
    Will you contact me to tell me if I was or was not selected for tickets?
    If I am selected to receive tickets, when will I receive them?
    Will the ticket envelope be from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
    Will tickets be available at the event?
    I was selected to receive tickets, but I haven't received them. What should I do?
    The tickets are free, so why did I see some for sale?



    “GOLDEN TICKET” SWEEPSTAKES

    What is the "Golden Ticket" sweepstakes?
    How is this opportunity different from applying for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW tickets?
    When will I know if I have won the “Golden Ticket” Sweepstakes?
    How many times can I enter?
    What does the “Golden Ticket” prize include?



    ROADSHOW FURNITURE ROUNDUP

    What is the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup?"
    How and when do I submit furniture for the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup"?
    Can I submit photos of other kinds of items?
    Will you acknowledge receiving my submission?
    What happens if my furniture is chosen?
    What if my furniture piece is not chosen?
    Can I submit furniture to the ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup if I live outside your 50 mile radius and can transport the piece(s) myself?



    ATTENDING THE EVENT

    What time does the event begin?
    What time will the event end?
    Once I have my ticket, what time should I arrive?
    Can I arrive earlier than the time on my ticket?
    Can I arrive later than the time on my ticket?
    Where can I get event directions and parking information?
    I have a ticket and want to bring a large and/or heavy item. Will anyone at the event help me carry or move it?
    Will I have to wait in line?
    Do you provide chairs for people while they wait?
    Can I avoid waiting in line?
    Will the event facility be wheelchair accessible?
    Does everyone who comes to the event receive an appraisal?
    Can I observe your show without bringing an item for appraisal?
    Can children attend the event?
    Can I bring an antique sword for appraisal?
    Can I bring a firearm for appraisal?



    APPRAISALS AT AN ANTIQUES ROADSHOW EVENT

    Do you need to know what items I plan to bring to the event?
    Can you make recommendations about which items I should bring?
    Is there a cost to receive an appraisal at the event?
    Can I get a written appraisal?
    How many items can I bring?
    If I have a ticket, do I have to bring an item?
    Can I bring a collection of items?
    What size items can I bring?
    How many appraisers will you have at the event?
    Which appraisers will be at each event?
    Will you have a specialist for the item(s) I bring?
    Can I bring an antique sword for appraisal?
    Can I bring a firearm for appraisal?
    Are there any items you do not appraise?
    Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to get an appraisal?
    Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to be considered for recording?
    Can I contact a Roadshow appraiser prior to the event to see if they would be interested in recording my item(s) at the event?
    May I bring a camera or tape recorder to the event?
    How long is the wait to see an appraiser?
    Can I sell my item at the show?
    Can I talk to an appraiser at the event about buying or selling an item?
    Can I get an appraisal online or from photos I mail to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
    Can you recommend an appraiser for me?
    Do you give out appraisers' telephone numbers and addresses?
    When will the shows you tape this summer be on TV?



    APPLYING FOR TICKETS

    ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup | "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes | Attending the Event | Appraisals at an Event

    Which cities are you visiting in 2014, and when are you coming to my town?

    In 2014, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will visit:

    Bismarck, ND
    May 31
    Santa Clara, CA
    June 7
    Birmingham, AL
    June 21
    Austin, TX
    June 28
    Albuquerque, NM
    July 19
    Chicago, IL
    July 26
    New York, NY
    August 9
    Charleston, WV
    August 16

    2014 tour and ticket information can be found in our On Tour section.

    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is always researching new cities for future tours. Please note, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events are only held in May, June, July, and August each year.

    If you would like to receive e-mail alerts about future ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events, subscribe to our free e-newsletter FANFARE.

    Why haven't you visited my town yet?

    We are always looking for new venues and try to visit as many new locations as possible each year. Among other considerations, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW requires a minimum of 80,000 square feet of space, and many towns are unable to accommodate our event.

    Are tickets needed to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?

    You must have a ticket to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. You can apply for tickets to a 2014 event either online or via postcard.

    Ticket recipients are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing. Tickets will not be available at the door. Each ticket holder may bring two objects for appraisal.

    For more information on the 2014 tour, visit our On Tour section.

    How and when can I get tickets to an event?

    You can apply for tickets to a 2014 event either online or via postcard.

    The deadline for online ticket applications is 11:59pm PT, Monday, April 7, 2014. Postcard ticket applications must be received by Monday, April 7, 2014.

    Ticket recipients are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing. Tickets will not be available at the door. Each ticket holder may bring two objects for appraisal.

    See Complete Rules and Regulations for more information.

    How do you decide who gets tickets?

    Ticket recipients are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing. Each applicant has an equal chance of being selected. There is no special benefit to applying early.

    How many times can I apply for tickets?

    Only one application per household, either postcard or online will be accepted. You may only apply to one event. Extra submissions will be discarded.

    If I send a postcard application, can I send it in an overnight package or envelope?

    If you choose to apply for tickets via postcard, you must send your postcard by regular mail. We cannot process postcards enclosed in overnight mail or in envelopes.

    If you are worried that your postcard application will not arrive by the deadline, you can apply online.

    How many tickets can I get?

    If you are selected to receive tickets, you will receive two tickets. There is a two ticket limit per household. At the event, each person may only use one ticket.

    Why is the number of tickets limited?

    Capacity at our events is limited. In the interest of fairness we want to make tickets available to the largest number of households who wish to attend ROADSHOW events.

    Is there a cost or service charge for the tickets?

    There is no cost or service charge for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW tickets. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will mail tickets to those selected, free of charge.

    Will you confirm that you received my ticket application?

    If you apply for tickets online, we will send you an e-mail confirming your application. If you apply for tickets via postcard, we cannot confirm receipt of your application.

    When does the ticket selection take place?

    Ticket recipients will be selected from eligible applicants after April 7, 2014.

    Will you contact me to tell me if I was or was not selected for tickets?

    Beginning April 29, 2014, if you applied online, you will be able to use your email address to check your ticket status on our website.

    This will be the only way to find out if you were selected to receive tickets. We will not send email notifications.

    If you applied for tickets by postcard and are chosen to receive tickets, you will not receive a confirmation prior to receiving the tickets.

    If I am selected to receive tickets, when will I receive them?

    If you are selected to receive tickets, they will be mailed to you approximately three weeks before the event date.

    Will the ticket envelope be from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?

    If you are selected for tickets, they will arrive in a plain white envelope to ensure security. Be careful not to throw them away.

    Will tickets be available at the event?

    No, tickets will not be available on the day of the event. If you do not have a ticket, you cannot be admitted to the event.

    I was selected to receive tickets, but I haven't received them. What should I do?

    If you were selected, and your tickets have not arrived within one week of the event, please contact WGBH Member & Development Services at feedback@wgbh.org or 617-300-5400 (M-F, 9am - 5pm) for further instructions.

    The tickets are free, so why did I see some for sale?

    We offer all of our tickets to the public free of charge. We provide a limited number of tickets to the local public television stations, which they may use for fundraising purposes. Any other form of sale or resale of tickets offered through the ticket application process is prohibited by ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.



    “GOLDEN TICKET” SWEEPSTAKES

    Applying for Tickets | ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup | Attending the Event | Appraisals at an Event

    What is the "Golden Ticket" sweepstakes?

    The “Golden Ticket” Sweepstakes provides entrants with the chance to win a VIP trip for two to the July 26 ROADSHOW event in Chicago, Illinois, including a backstage tour and a chance to have their own attic heirlooms appraised. You may enter from now through Monday, May 12. To enter and see complete rules, visit pbs.org/roadshowsweeps.

    How is this opportunity different from applying for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW tickets?

    The "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes is a chance to win a VIP trip for two to ROADSHOW's July 26 event in Chicago (including roundtrip transportation, lodging, and a backstage tour). You may enter the Sweepstakes once daily through May 12. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen randomly in mid-May. Enter the Sweepstakes here

    You can also apply for free, general admission tickets to any one of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s eight summer events via our online ticket application — one entry per household with an application deadline of April 7. These tickets will be distributed by random drawing beginning in mid-May and do not include transportation, parking, lodging or any other expenses. Apply for tickets here

    When will I know if I have won the “Golden Ticket” Sweepstakes?

    The potential Grand Prize Winner will be notified on or about May 19, 2014 by email or telephone (or such other method as determined by Administrator based on contact information provided in entering the Sweepstakes).

    How many times can I enter?

    The 2014 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Golden Ticket” Sweepstakes can be entered up to one time each day until Monday, May 12, 2014. You may only apply for regular tickets once.

    What does the “Golden Ticket” prize include?

    The Grand Prize includes:

    Round-trip economy-class airfare or ground transportation (depending upon the winner’s residence, at prize administrator’s discretion) for two adults to Chicago, Illinois

    Hotel accommodation (one standard room, double occupancy) for two consecutive nights in Chicago (July 25 and 26)

    VIP entrance for two and an escorted behind-scenes-tour of the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event, including lunch with ROADSHOW staff

    Personal appraisal estimates of winner’s antiques (up to four items each) by ROADSHOW experts

    Two ANTIQUES ROADSHOW gift bags



    ROADSHOW FURNITURE ROUNDUP

    Applying for Tickets | "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes | Attending the Event | Appraisals at an Event

    What is the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup?"

    In each city on our upcoming tour, we're looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on the set. If yours is selected, we'll transport it to the event and back at no cost to you! So if you live within 50 miles (in the United States) of one of this summer's event cities (the area served by our special antiques moving service) and have a piece of furniture you'd like us to consider, send us your submission!

    How and when do I submit furniture for the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup"?

    You can submit your furniture either online or you can mail your submission.

    The deadline for submitting furniture online is 11:59pm PT, Monday, April 7, 2014.

    The deadline for receiving furniture submissions by mail is Monday, April 7, 2014.

    Can I submit photos of other kinds of items?

    Sorry, only submissions of furniture pieces will be considered in advance.

    Will you acknowledge receiving my submission?

    If you submit your furniture photos online, you will see a confirmation page after completing the submission process and you will also receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt.

    If you submit your furniture photos by mail, we will send you an acknowledgement postcard.

    What happens if my furniture is chosen?

    If your furniture is selected, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will call or email you no later than 30 days before the event to arrange for our specialized furniture mover to transport your furniture to and from the event.

    In order to move and appraise your furniture, the owner must attend the event. If your furniture is selected, you will automatically receive a pair of tickets to the event.

    What if my furniture piece is not chosen?

    If you don't hear from us by telephone or email to arrange pick-up of your piece then your furniture has not been selected. It may still be possible for you to bring it to the event yourself, but you must obtain an event ticket, and you must provide your own transportation for your item. Your item should fit through a standard door, and you must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the event. At some venues, you may have to use an escalator or elevator.

    Can I submit furniture to the ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup if I live outside your 50 mile radius and can transport the piece(s) myself?

    Unfortunately, we can only accept furniture submissions from within a 50 mile radius of our events. If you have a piece of furniture and live outside the 50 mile radius, you can still apply for tickets and if selected, you may choose to bring your piece of furniture. Please bear in mind that you must have a ticket and provide your own transportation for your item. Your item must be able to fit through a standard door, and you must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the event. At some venues, you may have to use an escalator or elevator.



    ATTENDING THE EVENT

    Applying for Tickets | "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes | ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup | Appraisals at an Event

    What time does the event begin?

    The event begins at 8:00am. Ticket holders will be admitted every hour according to the time on your ticket, and items will be appraised all day. When applying for tickets, you may specify whether you prefer a morning, midday or afternoon entrance time, and if you are selected for tickets, we will try to accommodate your request. There are 10 entrance times:

    Morning: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
    Midday: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
    Afternoon: 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm

    What time will the event end?

    The last entrance time of the day is 5:00pm. The event will end when all ticket holders in line have been given their appraisals.

    Once I have my ticket, what time should I arrive?

    Please arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before the time on your ticket.

    Can I arrive earlier than the time on my ticket?

    We do not allow entry into the appraisal area before the time on your ticket.

    Can I arrive later than the time on my ticket?

    Please plan to be at the event at the time specified on your ticket. However, if you miss your entrance time, you may join the end of the line. Doors to the event will close at 5:30pm.

    Where can I get event directions and parking information?

    Information for each event, including driving and parking directions, is available in mid-March on our On Tour section.

    I have a ticket and want to bring a large and/or heavy item. Will anyone at the event help me carry or move it?

    Sorry, we will not be able to assist you in carrying or moving large or heavy items. If your item is very heavy, we suggest bringing it on a cart, dolly, or anything with non-metal wheels. And remember, it must fit through a standard door, and you may need to use an escalator or elevator.

    Will I have to wait in line?

    Yes, you will have to stand and wait in line for a period of time. Please wear comfortable shoes as many of the venues have concrete floors.

    Do you provide chairs for people while they wait?

    There is a limited number of chairs at the event. You may sit on them, but they cannot be moved. If you or your guest has difficulty standing for long periods of time, please bring a small, lightweight and portable chair or wheelchair.

    Can I avoid waiting in line?

    Everyone must wait in line.

    Will the event facility be wheelchair accessible?

    Yes, all events are wheelchair accessible.

    Does everyone who comes to the event receive an appraisal?

    Yes, all ticket holders may bring two items for appraisal and will receive a free, verbal approximation of value for each item, regardless of whether they are selected to be taped for television.

    Can I observe your show without bringing an item for appraisal?

    We cannot allow you to enter the event unless you have a ticket and have brought an item for an appraisal.

    Can children attend the event?

    Yes, children 12 and under do not need a ticket. All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for tickets.

    Can I bring an antique sword for appraisal?

    Yes but please sheath or wrap any sword, knife or sharp object to prevent injury. Carrying unprotected swords, knives or sharp objects into the event may result in your being excluded from the event.

    Can I bring a firearm for appraisal?

    Please note that possession and transport of firearms is subject to federal, state, and local laws. Even in cases where a firearm is deemed to be Antique under federal law (such as a firearm manufactured prior to 1898), it remains subject to the laws of the local jurisdiction. It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with all appropriate laws and ordinances. We will appraise your firearm provided that our appraiser and local law enforcement are satisfied that this would be safe. Admission to the event with any firearm is solely at the discretion of the convention center or ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

    We will appraise unloaded firearms only. Please leave all ammunition at home, as you will not be allowed to bring it into the event. All firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event. We strongly encourage the use of trigger locks on all firearms and reserve the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event. All persons entering the event are subject to search, for any reason.



    APPRAISALS AT AN ANTIQUES ROADSHOW EVENT

    Applying for Tickets | "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes | ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup | Attending the Event

    Do you need to know what items I plan to bring to the event?

    Each ticket holder can bring two items. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW does not prescreen these items.

    Can you make recommendations about which items I should bring?

    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cannot recommend which items you should bring. We simply suggest that you choose items that you would like to learn more about.

    Is there a cost to receive an appraisal at the event?

    No, each ticket holder will receive free verbal appraisals of up to two items at the event.

    Can I get a written appraisal?

    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW only gives verbal approximations of value at our events and does not give written appraisals.

    How many items can I bring?

    Each ticket holder may bring two items.

    If I have a ticket, do I have to bring an item?

    Each ticket holder must bring at least one item and no more than two items.

    Can I bring a collection of items?

    A collection of very closely related items may be considered one item.

    If our appraisers determine that you have not brought a collection, you will be asked to select one item per appraisal.

    If our appraisers determine you have brought a collection, they may ask you to select one or two items from your collection as a guide for valuing the collection.

    You can also bring any supporting documents associated with an item (i.e., photographs, family notes, legal documents), as these may help our appraisers provide you with more information about your item.

    What size items can I bring?

    Your item(s) must fit through a standard door. You must also be able to transport the item(s) to and from the event, as well as throughout the event. In some venues, you may have to transport your item on an escalator or passenger elevator.

    How many appraisers will you have at the event?

    There will be about 70 appraisers, covering more than 20 different categories at each event.

    Which appraisers will be at each event?

    Our roster of appraisers is subject to change until the day of the event. A list of appraisers will be available at the event.

    Will you have a specialist for the item(s) I bring?

    We staff each event with about 70 appraisers who cover a wide variety of categories. Although occasionally our experts are stumped, most often they'll be able to answer your questions.

    Can I bring an antique sword for appraisal?

    Yes but please sheath or wrap any sword, knife or sharp object to prevent injury. Carrying unprotected swords, knives or sharp objects into the event may result in your being excluded from the event.

    Can I bring a firearm for appraisal?

    Please note that possession and transport of firearms is subject to federal, state, and local laws. Even in cases where a firearm is deemed to be Antique under federal law (such as a firearm manufactured prior to 1898), it remains subject to the laws of the local jurisdiction. It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with all appropriate laws and ordinances. We will appraise your firearm provided that our appraiser and local law enforcement are satisfied that this would be safe. Admission to the event with any firearm is solely at the discretion of the convention center or ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

    We will appraise unloaded firearms only. Please leave all ammunition at home, as you will not be allowed to bring it into the event. All firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event. We strongly encourage the use of trigger locks on all firearms and reserve the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event. All persons entering the event are subject to search, for any reason.

    Are there any items you do not appraise?

    We do not appraise vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins, bicycles, tools, fossils, glass fire extinguishers, explosives or hazardous materials.

    Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to get an appraisal?

    You do not have to own the item(s) you bring in order to receive an appraisal from our experts. Our producers can only consider items for recording if the owner(s) is present.

    Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to be considered for recording?

    Our producers can only consider items for recording if the owner(s) is present.

    Can I contact a Roadshow appraiser prior to the event to see if they would be interested in recording my item(s) at the event?

    If you contact a Roadshow appraiser regarding the item(s) you plan to bring to the event, then we cannot consider the item(s) for taping.

    May I bring a camera or tape recorder to the event?

    You can use cameras or tape recorders in designated areas. However, photography, videotaping or recording is strictly prohibited in the appraisal area.

    How long is the wait to see an appraiser?

    Our experts see approximately 600 people per hour. Some categories are busier than others, and this varies from event to event. The best advice we can give is that you should come prepared to wait. This way, you can relax and enjoy yourself.

    Can I sell my item at the show?

    No, you may not buy or sell any item at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events. Also, no appraiser may solicit your business at the event.

    Can I talk to an appraiser at the event about buying or selling an item?

    You may contact an appraiser at a later date if you wish, but not on the day of the event. There will be appraiser contact information available at the exit of each event.

    Can I get an appraisal online or from photos I mail to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?

    No, we only appraise items in person, at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events. Our experts donate their time for each appraisal event and do not work at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW production office. If you cannot attend one of our events, visit our online Appraiser Index to learn more about the experts who are featured on the show.

    Can you recommend an appraiser for me?

    We cannot recommend individual appraisers or companies. However, you may use our online Appraiser Index to find experts you've seen on the show.

    Do you give out appraisers' telephone numbers and addresses?

    At the event, you will receive a list of appraisers and may also pick up appraisers' business cards. For information online, visit our online Appraiser Index.

    When will the shows you tape this summer be on TV?

    Appraisals taped during the 2014 summer tour will be part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 19th season, beginning in January 2015 on PBS.







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