Plaza Del Lago's 2nd Annual Appraisal Event

Friday, September 16, 2005

Here's motivation to finally clean out those overflowing closets and cramped basement, while at the same time actually make your garage storage for cars and not "stuff." Dust off those collectibles, memorabilia and other unique items and bring them to Plaza del Lago's 2nd Annual North Shore Treasures: Collectibles and Antique Appraisals to find out just how much they're worth.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature Gary Sohmers and Daniel Buck Soules, who will appraise items for a suggested $10 donation to Misericordia Home.

Gary Sohmers appears as an appraiser in Collectibles, Memorabilia and Toys on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS television program "Antiques Roadshow." Known among collectors as the "King of Pop Culture," Sohmers specializes in 20th century collectibles and memorabilia, and is sought by collectors and media alike for his expertise. During the North Shore Treasures event, Sohmers will appraise anything considered popular culture, like childhood collectibles such as toys and dolls, media collectibles including music, movies, theater and television, all forms of mid to late twentieth century decor and kitsch, oddities, memorabilia and general collectibles.

Plaza del Lago suggests a $10 donation to Misericordia for each item appraised, with a limit of five items per person. Misericordia provides challenging programs for 560 children and adults with developmental disabilities from all religious, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. In 2005, Misericordia must raise $10 million for program costs not covered by the state of Illinois.

Plaza del Lago, located at 1515 N. Sheridan Rd. in Wilmette, was built in 1928, and is the second oldest shopping center in the country. The focal point of the beautifully landscaped, open-air center is the belfry, which today is still the most recognizable feature of the Center.

For more information about Plaza del Lago, visit To learn more about The 2nd Annual North Shore Treasures: Collectible and Antique Appraisals at Plaza del Lago, call 847.884.0000. For more information on Misericordia, visit or call 773.973.6300. Plaza Del Lago's 2nd Annual Appraisal Event

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