Jill Harrison: In the Eyes of the Beholder: Treasures and Trash in the Attic.
Jill Harrison, the owner of ArtSmartNewEngland.com speaks about the best finds in her 15 years of professional work as a qualified personal property appraiser. She discusses how we perceive value as a culture and how societal values can influence monetary value. She shows examples of items considered "ugly" which turned out to be valuable and "valuable" items which had nominal monetary worth. She tells why material culture is important to understanding history. She showcases a collection of 10,000 items inspired by a fire, some unusual items and the "yard sale Picasso" in Newton. A fast paced discussion combs through hundreds of years of "stuff". Leave knowing more about the intrinsic nature of valuing items. And perhaps, understand a bit more about what people save and why they save it.