U.S. Antique Shows will host several special events for attendees at this year’s Original Miami Beach Antique Show, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2015.

Have a treasure or family heirloom to be appraised? The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, in partnership with Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, will host Appraisal Day on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 12-6 p.m. All attendees, with a valid ticket to the show, are invited to bring one item to be appraised by one of Skinner’s experienced appraisers. Each appraiser will provide an unbiased, expert opinion of the attendee’s collectible or antique including a verbal estimated range of its fair market value. No written valuations will be given.

"The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is a favorite destination for both the beginner and serious collectors. Once again, the Specialists at Skinner are looking forward to the Appraisal Day, and finding out what treasures South Floridians are curious about in their own homes!" said April Matteini, regional director at Skinner's Coral Gables office.

Founded over four decades ago, Skinner offers more than 60 auctions annually. Skinner auctions reach an international audience and showcase the unique, rare, and beautiful in dozens of categories, including the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, modern design, musical instruments, science and technology, wine, and many others.

Appraisal Day will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on the second floor above Hall D, room 234. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for an appointment at www.MiamiBeachAntiqueShow.com. Walk ups are also welcome, but an appointment guarantees the item will be seen by an appraiser.

For a fourth year, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show continues its ongoing support of nonprofit organizations in the local Miami community. This year, the show will host the Miami Design Preservation League. This nonprofit organization is devoted to preserving, protecting and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District.

In celebration of Miami Beach’s 100th year birthday, the Miami Design Preservation League will offer an array of brochures and educational pamphlets about the city’s architecture and history, retro pieces available for purchase, and information on becoming a member at their booth 1015A.

"We are thrilled to be participating in The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. The show has always been a wonderful partner and sponsor of Miami Design Preservation League, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of their show," says Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Amanda Bush.

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will also be presenting Booth Talks featuring a variety of dealers during show hours on Saturday and Sunday. These talks will take place at the respected dealers’ booth and will cover an array of topics from silver to ancient art, antique canes to mantiques.

1 p.m. Miami Design Preservation League (Booth No. 1015A)
Miami Design Preservation League: 100 Years of History; 40 Years of Preservation

2 p.m. Niederkorn Silver (Booth No. 2500)
What to Know About Collecting Silver

3 p.m. Griffin Gallery Ancient Art (Booth No. 3008)
Embracing the Past: The Lure of Antiquity

4 p.m. AntiqueCaneWorld.com (Booth No. 3419)
Raising Cane

1 p.m. John Atzbach (Booth No. 3406)
Collecting Faberge Today 

2 p.m. Charles Cheriff Galleries (Booth No. 2819)
An Age of Elegance: The Splendor of 19th Century French Antiques

3 p.m. Mantiques Modern (Booth No. 3524)
Mantiques: Art and Collectibles for Guys

4 p.m. Marie E. Betteley, Inc. (Booth No. 2823)
Russian Jewels and Treasures 

Lastly, the show will again be hosting the asset protection educational session titled “How Antique & Jewelry Dealers Can Save Thousands in Taxes and Become Invincible to Lawsuits.” Presented by certified financial planner, author and senior advisor, G. Kent Mangelson, this session will share effective strategies to achieving financial peace of mind by learning how to properly structure assets to become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes and eliminate all estate taxes. The session will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9-10:30 a.m. in room C222. The session is free and open to the public.


As the world’s largest indoor antique show, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show presents nearly 1,000 recognized dealers from 28 countries for five days only. Show times are Friday, Jan. 30 to Monday, Feb. 2 from 12-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 12- 5 p.m. Admission is $20 to attend all five days. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, call 239.732.6642 or visit www.MiamiBeachAntiqueShow.com.