Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Sarasota

Antiques Roadshow

In answer to how a show about the past evolves for the future, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits Sarasota, Florida on Thursday, April 12 as part of an innovative production tour yielding new-look episodes! New in 2018, PBS’s most-watched ongoing series, stops exclusively at distinctive, historic locations across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Event Tickets

Are tickets needed to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?

Yes, you must have a ticket to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Tickets will not be
available at the door for any event, and there are no waiting lists. Ticket winners
for each event are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing in early
March, and will be distributed as e-tickets via email. Each ticket holder may bring
two objects for appraisal.

How and when can I get tickets to an event?

You can apply for free tickets to one of our 2018 tour events online. We no longer
accept ticket applications via U.S. Mail. The deadline to submit online ticket
applications is 11:59 pm PT, Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Ticket recipients for each
event will be selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing on or about
March 8. Upon arrival, you may present either a print-out of your electronic ticket,
or have it available on your mobile device.

Tickets will not be available at the door, and there is no waiting list. Each ticket
holder may bring two objects for appraisal. Visit the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW website for more details.

How many tickets can I get?

If you are selected to receive tickets, you will receive two tickets. There is a two ticket
limit per household. At the event, each person may only use one ticket.

Why is the number of tickets limited?

Capacity at our events is limited. In the interest of fairness, we want to make
tickets available to the largest number of households who wish to attend
ROADSHOW events.

Will tickets be available at the event?

No, tickets will not be available on the day of the event and there is no waiting
list. If you do not have an e-ticket, you will not be admitted to the event.

What time does the event begin?

All 2018 events will begin at 7:30AM. Ticket holders will be admitted every hour
according to the time on your ticket, and items will be appraised all day. When
applying for tickets, you may specify whether you prefer a morning, midday
or afternoon entrance time, and if you are selected for tickets, we will try to
accommodate your request. There are 10 entrance times:

  • Morning: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
  • Midday: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
  • Afternoon: 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm

Once I have my ticket, what time should I arrive?

Please arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before the time on your

Can I arrive later than the time on my ticket?

Please plan to be at the event at the time specified on your ticket. However, if
you miss your entrance time, you may join the end of the line. Doors to the event
will close at 5:00 P.M.

Where can I get event directions and parking information?

Driving and parking directions for the 2018 events will be available on the
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW website in mid-February. Just follow the
link to the specific event page that you’ll be attending.

Getting Your Items Appraised

Does everyone who comes to the event receive an appraisal?

Yes. All ticket holders may bring two items for appraisal and will receive a free,
verbal approximation of value for each item, regardless of whether or not they are
selected by the producers to be recorded for television.

Can I observe your show without bringing an item for appraisal?

No, we cannot allow you to enter the event unless you have a ticket and have
brought an item for appraisal.

How many items can I bring?

Each ticket holder may bring two items to the event.

Can you make recommendations about which items I should bring?

No, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cannot recommend which items you should bring.
However, please be mindful of size requirements described below. Otherwise, we
simply suggest that you choose items that you would like to learn more about.
Before deciding what to bring, you may like to click through our website slideshow
feature “Things We Commonly See at ROADSHOW”.

Are there any items you do not appraise?

We do not appraise vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins,
bicycles, tools, fossils, glass fire extinguishers, ammunition, explosives, or any
other hazardous materials.

Do you need to know what items I plan to bring to the event?

No. Each ticket holder can bring two items. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW does not
prescreen these items.

Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to get an appraisal?

You do not have to own the item(s) you bring in order to receive an appraisal from
our experts. However, our producers can only consider an item for recording if its
owner is present at the event.

What size items can I bring?

You must also be able to carry the item(s) to and from the event, as well as
throughout the event. In some venues, you may have to carry your item on an
escalator or in a passenger elevator. In some locations dollies and carts are not
permitted, and/or your item must fit through a shuttle vehicle door for a short ride
to the appraisal venue. You must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself
at the event, including indoors and outdoors on grassy and other surfaces and
inclines. Please check specific venue information for the event to which you have
tickets regarding the carriage of your items

Can I bring an antique sword or knife for appraisal?

Yes, but please note that any swords, knives or sharp objects must be sheathed or
securely wrapped to prevent injury.

Can I bring an antique firearm for appraisal?

Yes, though ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will only appraise firearms that are antique and
unloaded. Please note:

  • Even if your firearm is deemed to be antique under federal law (such as a firearm
    manufactured prior to 1898 and for which ammunition is no longer available or
    manufactured), it remains subject to the laws of the local jurisdiction.
  • Possession and transport of firearms is subject to federal, state, and local laws.
  • It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with all such laws and
  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW reserves the
    right to admit or deny any firearm, at its discretion, in consultation with local
    law enforcement personnel and venue management.
  • Please leave all ammunition at home, as we do not appraise ammunition of
    any kind, and you will not be allowed to bring it into the event.
  • All firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event.
  • Use of trigger locks is required on all firearms, where possible, and we reserve
    the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event.
  • Everyone entering the event is subject to search, for any reason.

Can I bring a collection of items?

Yes, a collection of very closely related items may be considered as one item.
If you do choose to bring several items and our appraisers determine that they
do not constitute a collection, you will be asked to select two specific items for
appraisal. If our appraisers determine that what you’ve brought is a collection,
they may still ask you to select one or two items to serve as a guide for valuing
the overall collection.

You can also bring any supporting documents associated with an item (i.e.,
photographs, family notes, legal documents), as these may help our appraisers
provide you with more information about your item.

Appraisal Process

Is there a cost to receive an appraisal at the event?

No. Every ticket holder will receive a free verbal appraisal for up to two items at
the event.

How many appraisers will you have at the event?

There will be about 55 appraisers, covering approximately 23 different specialty categories.

How long is the wait to see an appraiser?

Our experts see hundreds of people per hour. Some categories are busier than
others, and this varies from event to event. Please wear comfortable shoes as many of the event venues have various surfaces, including concrete, grass, stairs, and inclines. The best advice we can give is that you should come prepared to wait. This way, you can relax and enjoy yourself. We hope you will also spend the time to explore our event venue and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

Can I avoid waiting in line?

Unfortunately, no. With very few special exceptions, everyone must wait in line.

Do you provide chairs for people while they wait?

There is a limited number of chairs at the event. You may sit on them, but they
cannot be moved. If you or your guest has difficulty standing for long periods of
time, please feel free to bring a small, lightweight and portable chair/stool, or a

Will the event facility be wheelchair-accessible?

Yes, all events are wheelchair-accessible.

Can I sell my item at the show?

No, you may not buy or sell any item at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events,
and no appraiser may solicit business with you at the event.

Can I talk to an appraiser at the event about buying or selling an item?

You may contact an appraiser at a later date if you wish, but not on the day
of the event. As well as the information here on our website, there will be
appraiser contact information available at the exit of each event. If you contact
an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior to the event about items you plan to
bring, we may decide not to record any items you bring, and WGBH Educational
Foundation is not responsible for any business or interaction you have with an
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior or subsequent to the event.

Can I get a written appraisal?

No. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW only gives verbal approximations of value at our events
and does not give written appraisals.

Can I get an appraisal online or from photos I mail to ANTIQUES

No, we only appraise items in person, at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events.
Our experts donate their time for each appraisal event and do not work at the
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW production office. If you cannot attend one of our events,
visit our online Appraisers Index to learn more about the experts who are featured
on the show.

Can you recommend an appraiser for me?

No, we cannot recommend individual appraisers or companies. However, you may
use our online Appraisers Index on the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW website to find experts
in many specialty categories, or someone specific that you’ve seen on the show.

General Questions

When will the shows you tape at 2018 events be on TV?

Appraisals taped during our 2018 Tour will be part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s 23rd
broadcast season, beginning in January 2019 on PBS.

Can children attend the event?

Yes. Children 12 and under do not need a ticket to accompany a parent or legal
guardian. All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal
guardian, and no more than two children may accompany each adult. You must be
at least 18 years old to apply for tickets.

May I bring a camera or tape recorder to the event?

Yes, you may use cameras or tape recorders in designated areas. However,
photography, videotaping or recording is strictly prohibited in the appraisal area:
You may not record any appraisals.