Gulf Coast Appraise-a-Thon to benefit student exchanges with Japanese sister city

Saving your antiques for a “Roadshow”? No need! The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will host the “Gulf Coast Appraise-a-Thon” on Saturday, Jun. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Garth’s Antiques and Auction Gallery, 3930 W. Navy Blvd.

For just $10, the expert appraisers at Garth’s will examine three antique items and give their best estimate of its background and value. All types of items will be evaluated, including jewelry, glass and ceramics, artwork, military paraphernalia, toys, small furniture and more.

There’s no limit on the total number of items you can bring for appraisal, and a food truck serving Arlene Williams Barbecue will be on location for hungry attendees.

Proceeds from this event will help fund middle school student exchanges with Pensacola’s Japanese sister city, Gero. Hundreds of Escambia County students have participated in exchange visits since the relationship with Gero (formerly Hagiwara) was established in 1998.

“So many of us have antique items that we’re curious about, and this is great deal to get a professional’s opinion,” said Mary Cunningham, board member and past president of the Japan-America Society. “We’re grateful to Garth’s for helping raise money to send local students to our sister city.”

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering friendship and understanding between the U.S. and Japan. For more information, visit or