By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Mark Moran is no stranger to antiques. He’s also no stranger to Caledonia.
For the second year in a row, the Caledonia Public Library will host Moran who will visit the community to appraise antiques, art and other collectibles.
The event will be held at the library on August 9 beginning at 1 p.m.
“These programs have proven very popular, with more than 450 booked in less than three years,” said Moran.
Got his start
After 30 years of working in the newspaper business, Moran, who always had a love for antiques, started as a part-time dabbling appraiser in the 70s.
In the 80s, his dabbling increased.
“In the 90s, I started writing books on the subject,” Moran said. “I’ve written 27 books.”
He left the newspaper business for good in 2002 and has made a living full-time of appraising antiques.
Moran will do his work for groups, indiviuals in homes in private or at community events like in Caledonia.
“I’d like to thank Marla Burns for all of her efforts to bring the progam to Caledonia,” said Moran. “The program has been so wildly popular.”
Moran said people have come to trust him in his work.
“They know its not a shopping trip for me,” he said. “I offer advice. I don’t look to buy or make a commission. Appraisals are all that I do.”
Moran said the profession keeps him traveling across the upper midwest.
In Minnesota he has had sessions in La Crescent, Caledonia, Cannon Falls, Washington County and has some upcoming in Austin and Plainview.
What he doesn’t appraise
“I don’t do weapons, swords, guns, knives, those types of things,” he said. “I know they’re very popular items to collect; I just don’t speak that language.”
He also does not appraise fine jewelry or coins/currency.
“You have to have a profound knowledge on those subjects,” he noted.
He said for personal reasons he also does not review Nazi Memorabilia.
“I will, however, appraise furniture, glassware, folk art, vintage clocks, costume jewelry and many other items,” Moran said.
If you have a piece of furniture that you’d like to have reviewed, but don’t want to bring it down to the library, Moran said he would be willing to have a personal visit scheduled.
“Or if you email me pictures I can take a look right at it on my iPad,” he said.
If you wish to email Moran or have any other questions for him his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit his website at markfmoran.com.