Gary Sohmers

Hudson, MA
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Gary Sohmers operates Wex Rex Collectibles and Saxonville Auction Services, attends and sells at numerous antiques and collectibles events each year, and has appeared as an appraiser of toys, collectibles, and memorabilia on the popular PBS television program Antiques Roadshow.

Gary's collecting bug began at age 8, when he began to wheel and deal his toys at a yard sale. Gary developed a respect for collecting from his father's passion for campaign buttons. He went from hustling toys to campaign buttons to record albums to everything that is "popular culture" — from Mark Twain to "The Simpsons."

Gary has his main business operation in Framingham, Massachusetts, buying and selling pop culture collectibles and memorabilia. He has been a featured guest on many television and radio programs over the past 30 years. As a lecturer, he speaks at historical societies, schools, libraries, corporations, antiques shows, and appraisal and other special events on a number of subjects.

Gary's syndicated talk radio show Calling All Collectors, which he produces and hosts, is currently on hiatus. Gary continues to appear on over 50 radio programs across the U.S., regularly performs stand-up comedy, and records with his current musical ensemble, Mindjammer.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is an antiques appraisal event and television production; we do not buy or sell objects, and conducting any business with an appraiser at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event is strictly forbidden.

If you decide to do business with an appraiser who has appeared on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, please keep in mind these tips before consigning or selling an item:

  • Get more than one referral and check references
  • Get valuations of your item from more than once source
  • Compare options between different types of sellers, i.e., a dealer versus an auction house
  • If you are considering consigning an object for auction, be sure to inquire how the item will be priced, the size of the fee, and the expected amount of time the process may take. Find out what will happen if it doesn't sell.
  • Check the appraiser's professional associations (such as International Society of Appraisers, American Appraisers Association, National Auctioneers Association)
  • Consult an attorney before signing a contract
  • Whatever kind of transaction you decide to enter into, always get a detailed written receipt for your records

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s pool of experts are professionals with a wide range of experience in the antiques, fine art and collectibles community, and they are from a diverse background of auctioneers, dealers and appraisers.

All ROADSHOW appraisers are independent volunteers who donate their time and expertise to PBS and who pay their own expenses to be on the show. All business transactions are independent from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.