Bob Madigan, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Even if Punxsutawney Phil "punked" us, the Washington Home & Garden Show has opened on cue (unlike the Cherry Blossoms).
The event runs March 22-24 at the Walter E.Washington Convention Center and includes hundreds of outdoor and indoor home decorating ideas.
Matthew Quinn, executive vice president of Quinn's Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Va. and an appraiser on the PBS TV show "Antiques Roadshow," will be conducting appraisals.
"(I) love traveling the country, going city to city all summer long with ‘Antiques Roadshow,' " he says. "It is even better to have the opportunity to do it here with our family and friends in home Washington, D.C."
Attendees are invited to bring treasures from their homes, and Quinn will appraise two items for a $10 fee, which will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
"We are going to work with (guests) to help them understand the value, where (the items) came from and a little bit about them," he says.
The items should be small enough to carry -- such as pictures, paintings, mementos -- and people can bring photos of furniture or other items too large to carry. Quinn requests no jewelry, except for watches.
Another local involved in the show is Kelly Thompson, owner of Stylish Patina in Falls Church. She created a 10 by 20 foot living and dining showroom using affordable items she found at yard sales and auctions. Thompson touched them up to increase their value for resale or to be used in the home.
She says will demonstrate how to create an affordable "vintage modern home," which more homeowners have expressed an interest in due to the economy.
"Folks are finding there are new alternative ways to recycle good furniture," she says.
Tickets to the Washington Home & Garden Show cost $12 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and the event is free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, visit www.washingtonhomeandgardenshow.com.
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