2018 Tour — Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to what you're wondering about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 2018 Tour!
APPLYING FOR TICKETS
Which cities are you visiting in 2018?
During the 2018 Tour ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will visit:
- THU, APRIL 12 — Sarasota, Florida
- SAT, APRIL 21 — Tulsa, Oklahoma
- TUE, MAY 22 — Louisville, Kentucky
- TUE, MAY 29 — San Diego, California
- THU, JUNE 14 — Rochester, Michigan
(Note: All 2018 Tour events are planned to take place primarily outdoors.)
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 are the capacity of a location, its availability, and whether its distinctive characteristics suit our production needs.
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Are tickets needed to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
Yes, you must have a ticket to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Tickets will not be available at the door for any event, and there are no waiting lists. Ticket winners for each event are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing in early March, and will be distributed as e-tickets via email. Each ticket holder may bring two objects for appraisal. See the Complete Ticket Rules page for more details.
How and when can I get tickets to an event?
You can apply for free tickets to one of our 2018 tour events online. We no longer accept ticket applications via U.S. Mail. The deadline to submit online ticket applications is 11:59pm PT, Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Ticket recipients for each event will be selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing on or about March 8. Upon arrival you may present either a print-out of your electronic ticket, or have it available on your mobile device.
Tickets will not be available at the door, and there is no waiting list. Each ticket holder may bring two objects for appraisal. See the Complete Ticket Rules page for more details.
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.
Will you confirm that you received my ticket application?
When you successfully submit your ticket application online, you will receive a unique application number by email. This email will also contain a link that you can use at any time to review your ticket application. See the Complete Ticket Rules page for more details.
When does the ticket selection take place?
On or about March 8, 2018, a random drawing will be held to select ticket winners for each event from among all the eligible applicants.
Will you contact me to tell me if I was or was not selected as a ticket winner?
In mid-March, after the selection process, ticket applicants will receive a Ticket Checker notification email containing a unique link they can use to find out if they won a pair of free tickets to a 2018 event.
If I am selected to receive tickets, when will I receive them?
If you are selected in the ticket drawing, you will receive an email approximately two weeks prior to your event containing two electronic tickets to that event. Please note that only ticket holders will be admitted to the event. Upon arrival you may present either a print-out of your electronic ticket, or have it available on your mobile device.
If I was selected to receive tickets to an event, but haven't received them a week prior to the event, what should I do?
If you were selected in the ticket drawing, and your e-tickets have not arrived via email within one week of the event, please contact WGBH Member & Development Services at email@example.com or (617) 300-5400 (M-F, 9:00AM - 5:00PM ET) for further instructions.
Will tickets be available at the event?
No, tickets will not be available on the day of the event and there is no waiting list. If you do not have an e-ticket, you will not be admitted to the event.
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 that are offered through the ticket application process is prohibited by ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.
Why are furniture submissions accepted and how does the process work?
In each city on our upcoming tour, we're looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on location. If yours is selected, we'll transport it to the event and back at no cost to you! We accept furniture applications from those within approximately a 60-mile radius (the area served by our special antiques moving service) of the event location you are applying for. If your zip code makes you eligible to submit furniture, you will be notified during the online ticketing process or by simply following the link in your ticket application confirmation email. You can submit up to five pieces of furniture at any time through February 27, 2018.
How and when do I make a furniture submission?
If you live within approximately a 60-mile radius of the event location you applied for, you can add a furniture submission to your online ticket application. The deadline for both ticket applications and furniture submissions is 11:59PM PT, Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Can I submit photos of other kinds of items?
No. Only submissions of furniture items will be accepted through this process. Aside from selecting furniture to be displayed at our event locations, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW does not screen items in advance.
Will you acknowledge receiving my furniture submission?
Yes. If you do submit furniture photos with your online ticket application, you’ll receive an email acknowledging your submission.
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 for us to transport and appraise your furniture, the owner must attend the event. If your furniture is selected, you and one guest will automatically be allowed admission 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. However, if your application is subsequently chosen in the random ticket drawing, it may still be possible for you to bring the furniture to the event yourself, but in that case you will have to provide transportation for the furniture item yourself and be able to carry or maneuver the item during the event, which may include grassy, or otherwise uneven, surfaces and inclines.
ATTENDING THE EVENT
What time does the event begin?
All 2018 events will begin at 7:30AM. 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 for the events:
- Morning — 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 9:30AM
- Midday — 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM
- Afternoon — 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM
What time will the event end?
The last entrance time of the day is 4:30PM. 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 5:00PM.
Where can I get event directions and parking information?
Driving and parking directions for the 2018 events will be available through our On Tour section in mid-February. Just follow the link to the specific event page that you'll be attending.
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. You must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the outdoor event, including on grassy and other surfaces and inclines.
We are holding our event in a variety of historic and older locations, with various types of doorways and surfaces in each location. If permitted at the event you are attending, you may bring a cart or dolly, with non-metal wheels. Depending on the event layout, your item (and any cart or dolly) may have to fit through narrow doorways, or require use of an escalator or elevator.
Please note: In some locations on this year’s tour, you will be parking in a remote parking lot with shuttle service to the event venue. Your items will need to fit through the shuttle vehicle door. For details about doorways, walking surfaces, shuttles and other information, please review the event page for the location you will be attending.
Event pages for the 2018 Tour will be available in mid-February through our On Tour section.
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 event venues have various surfaces, including concrete, grass, stairs, and inclines.
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 feel free to bring a small, lightweight and portable chair/stool, or a wheelchair.
Can I avoid waiting in line?
Unfortunately, no. With very few special exceptions, 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 or not they are selected by the producers to be recorded for television.
Can I observe your show without bringing an item for appraisal?
No, we cannot allow you to enter the event unless you have a ticket and have brought an item for appraisal.
Can children attend the event?
Yes. Children 12 and under do not need a ticket to accompany a parent or legal guardian. All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and no more than two children may accompany each adult. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for tickets.
Can I bring an antique sword or knife for appraisal?
Yes, but please note that any swords, knives or sharp objects must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury.
Can I bring an antique firearm for appraisal?
Yes, though ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will only appraise firearms that are antique and unloaded. Please note:
- Even if your firearm is deemed to be antique under federal law (such as a firearm manufactured prior to 1898 and for which ammunition is no longer available or manufactured), it remains subject to the laws of the local jurisdiction.
- Possession and transport of firearms is subject to federal, state, and local laws.
- It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with all such laws and ordinances.
- Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW reserves the right to admit or deny any firearm, at its discretion, in consultation with local law enforcement personnel and venue management.
- Please leave all ammunition at home, as we do not appraise ammunition of any kind, and you will not be allowed to bring it into the event.
- All firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event.
- Use of trigger locks is required on all firearms, where possible, and we reserve the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event.
- Everyone entering the event is subject to search, for any reason.
APPRAISALS AT A ROADSHOW EVENT
Do you need to know what items I plan to bring to the event?
No. Each ticket holder can bring two items. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW does not prescreen these items.
Can you make recommendations about which items I should bring?
No, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cannot recommend which items you should bring. However, please be mindful of size requirements described below. Otherwise, we simply suggest that you choose items that you would like to learn more about. Before deciding what to bring, you may like to click through our interactive slideshow feature "Things We Commonly See at ROADSHOW".
Is there a cost to receive an appraisal at the event?
No. Every ticket holder will receive a free verbal appraisal for up to two items at the event.
Can I get a written appraisal?
No. 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 to the event.
If I have a ticket, do I have to bring an item?
Yes. Each ticket holder must bring at least one item and no more than two items to the event.
Can I bring a collection of items?
Yes, a collection of very closely related items may be considered as one item. If you do choose to bring several items and our appraisers determine that they do not constitute a collection, you will be asked to select two specific items for appraisal. If our appraisers determine that what you've brought is a collection, they may still ask you to select one or two items to serve as a guide for valuing the overall 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?
You must also be able to carry the item(s) to and from the event, as well as throughout the event. In some venues, you may have to carry your item on an escalator or in a passenger elevator. In some locations dollies and carts are not permitted, and/or your item must fit through a shuttle vehicle door for a short ride to the appraisal venue. You must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the event, including indoors and outdoors on grassy and other surfaces and inclines. Please check specific venue information for the event to which you have tickets regarding the carriage of your items.
How many appraisers will you have at the event?
There will be about 55 appraisers, covering approximately 23 different specialty categories.
Which appraisers will be at each event?
Our roster of appraisers is subject to change until the day of the event. A list of participating appraisers will be available at each event.
Will you have a specialist for the item(s) I bring?
We staff each event with between 50 and 60 appraisers who cover approximately 23 different specialty categories. Although occasionally our experts are stumped, most often they will be able to answer your questions.
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, ammunition, explosives, or any other 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. However, our producers can only consider an item for recording if its owner is present at the event.
Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to be considered for recording?
Yes, our producers can only consider an item for recording if its owner is present at the event.
Can I contact a ROADSHOW appraiser prior to or after the event to see if they would be interested in my item(s)?
Yes. However, if you contact a ROADSHOW appraiser in advance regarding the item(s) you plan to bring to an event, then we may not consider the item(s) for recording. Also, WGBH Educational Foundation is not responsible for any business or interaction you may have with an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior or subsequent to the event.
May I bring a camera or tape recorder to the event?
Yes, you may use cameras or tape recorders in designated areas. However, photography, videotaping or recording is strictly prohibited in the appraisal area: You may not record any appraisals.
How long is the wait to see an appraiser?
Our experts see hundreds of 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. We hope you will also spend the time to explore our event venue and enjoy the festival atmosphere.
Can I sell my item at the show?
No, you may not buy or sell any item at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events, and no appraiser may solicit business with you 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. As well as the information here on our website, there will be appraiser contact information available at the exit of each event. If you contact an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior to the event about items you plan to bring, we may decide not to record any items you bring, and WGBH Educational Foundation is not responsible for any business or interaction you have with an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior or subsequent to the 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 Appraisers Index to learn more about the experts who are featured on the show.
Can you recommend an appraiser for me?
No, we cannot recommend individual appraisers or companies. However, you may use our online Appraisers Index to find experts in many specialty categories, or someone specific that 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 Appraisers Index.
Do I have to talk with the Press at the event if approached?
We are happy that members of the press will be at our events to report on our show. Members of the press will be escorted by an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW staff member. If asked, you are free to provide an interview, but are under no obligation to do so. If interviewed and asked, please only identify yourself by your first name to press.
When will the shows you tape at 2018 events be on TV?
Appraisals taped during our 2018 Tour will be part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 23rd broadcast season, beginning in January 2019 on PBS.