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Antiques-What's it worth? Appraisal class starts Sept. 4

Judy Martin provides expert appraisal advice at the Museum's Antiques-What's it worth? program.

Judy Martin provides expert appraisal advice at the Museum's Antiques-What's it worth? program.


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By Teri Ozawa

Learn about the treasures in your home and in the retail world. Bring one item to class each week for appraisal from Judith Martin, ISA CAPP, of The Perfect Thing. Each week features lecture and presentation on selected topics.

The program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4 through Oct. 30 (no class on Sept. 25) at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont. Fee is $49 for Arlington Heights Park District residents, $52 for nonresidents.


A master appraiser with more than 20 years in the estate business, Judy has touched, researched, sold and evaluated well over a million items. And her reputation as a fair negotiator who treats her clients with the utmost honesty and respect has earned her store, The Perfect Thing, stellar reviews.

Judy first caught the business bug in high school when she became a gopher in her mother's estate business. By 1989, she became her mother's full business partner and by 2003, her career bloomed, coming full circle as Judy opened the high-end consignment boutique in Wheaton.

Judy is certified through the International Society of Appraisers. In 1998 she became an instructor for the ISA in appraisal practice, theory and methodology. She is the past President of the International Society of Appraisers' Board of Directors. In 2009, Judy was awarded the President's Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Society and the Profession."

To register, go to or in person at any Park District registration office.

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