WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Ginni Uhle learned Saturday her old picture and wooden jewelry box were worth a combined $245.
The Valparaiso resident had just presented the items to appraiser Martin Papke at the Antiques and Collectibles Show at the Porter County Expo Center.
Papke, who owns Kathy's Antiques in Chesterton, said the picture, titled "Autumn Weeds" and dated 1961, had a retail value of about $200.
And the wooden box Uhle purchased at a yard sale for $2 was worth about $45, Papke said.
Uhle was among those taking advantage of the free appraisal offered with each paid admission to the show, which showcased glassware, dishes, jewelry, dolls, toys, figurines and furniture.
“I've found some great bargains here,” Uhle said.
Now in its 28th year, the event raises funds for Mental Health America of Porter County. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday
With an all-time high of 68 vendors this year, the show was expected to draw more than 3,000 people and net $10,000, said Mary Hodson, executive director with Mental Health America of Porter County.
Some of the money raised will go toward the organization's emergency medication assistance program, she said.
In 2012, the program provided more than $18,000 to Porter County residents in need of medications for attention-deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar conditions, depression and schizophrenia, Hodson said.
The show also featured demonstrations and services on crystal and porcelain repair, silver flatware pattern matching and identification, how to re-purpose jewelry and vintage quilting.
Nestled in a corner of the Expo Center, Hebron resident Sandy Strader offered a quilting demonstration and tips on how to care for, clean and store quilts. Her specialties include reproductions of Civil War era quilts, which often were made by piecing together scraps of bright-colored fabric, she said.
Launie Wolford, of Michigan City, manned a display of Barbies and other dolls. She's been a vendor at the show for 10 years and enjoys interacting with others who are passionate about dolls.
“In Barbie collecting, you make great friends,” Wolford said.