Dr. Lori to hold free antique appraisals

MT. LAUREL, N.J. – Dr. Lori, star antiques appraiser from the reality TV show “Auction Kings” on the Discovery Channel will appraise antiques and collectibles at South Jersey’s Fall Home Renovation Show on Sept. 21, at The Enterprise Center at Burlington County College, located at 3331 Route 38.

Free appraisals are limited as part of Dr. Lori’s shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a cost per item for additional appraisals.

Dr. Lori Verderame has been featured on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for her comedic and no holds barred approach. Home show visitors may bring an antique to be appraised as part of her wildly funny, one-of-a-kind, entertaining event.

Dr. Lori never knows what kind of old stuff her audiences will bring her next and she leaves them howling for more. Every show is unique and unscripted.

“I’ll break some hearts, I’ll make some millionaires” said Dr. Lori.

As she entertains, Dr. Lori will provide tips on how to sell unwanted stuff for top dollar, learn the secrets of auctions, negotiate to find bargains and let folks know why they shouldn’t host a yard sale. And, Dr. Lori will share her insight on what’s real about reality TV. This is one of the reasons why CNN’s Anderson Cooper and “Inside Edition” ask Dr. Lori.

She always has had a love of history through objects. The youngest of three daughters, she was known in her family as her father’s “son.” As a child, she enjoyed going fishing with her dad, watching baseball games, and hunting flea markets and yard sales for antiques that would end up in her

No. 1 favorite spot – her dad’s garage. She now cherishes those memories as her father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Living through the Great Depression and World War II, Dr. Lori’s parents instilled their belief in education and their appreciation for the value of old objects.

They encouraged Dr. Lori to follow her interests in the field. Thus, she earned several academic degrees in history including the doctorate degree from Penn State University.

After years teaching in university classrooms and working as a museum director, she was inspired to start appraising antiques after an unexpected encounter with a 75-year-old woman.

“This woman told me her story. She had recently sold an historic George Washington document for $50 that was worth $50,000. She said she needed the $50 to pay her electric bill,” Dr. Lori said. “When I met her, I thought, this woman could be my mother – anyone could make that mistake.” Dr. Lori said.

“That woman’s mistake inspired me to share my education and expertise. So, I do just that, presenting over 150 antique appraisal shows and appraising 20,000 objects that audiences bring me to review every year.”

Dr. Lori shares insider information about antiques at www.DrLoriV.com and to 9.5 million readers through her internationally syndicated column featured in 406 newspapers worldwide and on her blog for Lifetime television. Dr. Lori resides in Bucks County.