What's It Worth?, Boise's highly successful version of Antiques Roadshow, will return to the Idaho State Historical Museum on Sunday, Feb. 26.
"We collected more than $3,000 in entry fees last year," said Anne Schorzman, the museum's events coordinator. "That helped us fund the opening of one of our major exhibits last summer."
Proceeds from the event will help fund the exhibit Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make Idaho Unique, commemorating the sesquicentennial of Idaho becoming a territory.
The $5 per-person and $10 per-item entry fee is a bargain, considering the fortune that some Idahoans have found in past events.
"We had some people come in with artwork that was valued as high as $30,000-$40,000," said Schorzman.
Antique experts will be scattered throughout the museum to estimate the value of art, books, coins, dollars, jewelry and firearms.
Perhaps the oddest item presented in 2009 was a Civil War peg leg, rescued from being burned during a demolition. The same year, a 20-gauge Civil War shotgun was valued at $2,000 and a vase purchased for $130 in an auction had an estimated value of $750-$850.
Evaluator Randall Brown of Brown's Gallery once told an attendee that if a painting of a cabin against a mountain was restored and framed, it could be worth as much as $7,000. Until then, the painting had been forgotten and stored in a closet.
In a rare Sunday occurrence, The Idaho State Historical Museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., as What's It Worth? evaluators will rediscover some of Idaho's hidden family treasures.