Jewellery expert Kate Bliss - a familiar face on TV’s Bargain Hunt - is coming to Georgian mansion Bishton Hall to value items for free.
Kate, who is also an expert in silver and watches, hopes the people of Rugeley will dazzle her with some starry finds when she comes to the Wolseley Bridge venue on August 22 and September 19, 10am-3pm.
Kate, a consultant for Hansons Auctioneers which recently purchased Bishton Hall, said: “I’m really looking forward to visiting the area and I hope people will delve into their drawers and jewellery boxes and bring along some interesting items for me to look at.
“If they like my guide price, they’re free to enter their objects into a future Hansons jewellery auction and hopefully scoop a welcome windfall.
“Quite often we come across items people think are of little or no value that turn out to be gold or diamonds. For example, Hansons recently sold a gold Victorian snake brooch given away to a charity shop for £700.
“Then there was a Tudor Rolex watch worn in the garden and bought at a Midlands jewellery shop in the 1970s that sold for £51,500. Designer watches are very much in demand.
“Vintage gold jewellery is also often mistaken for costume jewellery. It’s lovely to give people something to smile about.”
Hansons has recently taken over Bishton Hall and, as well as hosting auctions, the venue will offer free valuations. Every Thursday, starting from August 15, valuers will be available from 10am-4pm.
Kate Bliss will be at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, ST17 0XN, on August 22 and September 19, 10am-3pm. To find out more about the free events or to arrange a free valuation of objects at your home, email [email protected] or call 07802 839915. No-obligation quotes for house clearance and downsizing also available. Call 01283 733988.