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Let me share with you Helaine Fendelman's some extensive credentials and experience:

Mrs. Helaine Fendelman has over 30 years of experience in the arts and antiques field. She is a certified member and a past President of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. (AAA), and teaches courses at New York University through the AAA's educational program. Helaine served on the Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Personal Property Committee.

Throughout her career, she has authored many articles and books on antiques, collectibles and appraisal methodology. She writes a feature column, "What Is It...What Is It Worth?" for the Hearst monthly magazine Country Living, and she is a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard United Media News Service. Her books include: All About Appraising: The Definitive Appraisal Handbook; Price It Yourself; Treasures In Your Attic; Tramp Art A Folk Art Phenomenon; Silent Companions: Dummy Board Figures of the 17th Through the 19th Centuries and The Official Identification and Price Guides to American Folk Art and Holiday Collectibles. She has also edited The Official Identification and Price Guides to American Sterling and Silverplate and Tussie Mussies: Victorian Posey Holders. She has served as a curator, consultant, and lecturer for museums and private organizations throughout the United States. Also, she co-hosts a PBS television affiliate program, "Treasures In Your Attic™," in addition to appearing as an appraisal expert on various national television and radio shows. Visit Helaine on the Web at

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Treasures in Your Attic ™

If you want to learn how experts determine value of antique quilts, this video is for you! Helaine Fendelman and Shelly Zegart, both members of the Appraisers Association of America have a discussion, using antique quilt examples, as part of Helaine's PBS series, Treasures in Your Attic.™  (Courtesy of Knoxville PBS; 7 mins).


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2008 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival2008 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
(Courtesy of NHK - Japanese Public Television; 12 mins)

Shelly Zegart curated her third exhibition of antique quilts at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in January 2008. The festival is sponsored by Japanese Public Televison (NHK) and takes place in the Tokyo Dome. Each year around 250,000 people attend during the 9 days of the Festival. On Sunday morning they do a live television program at the Festival, interviewing various curators at their exhibition sites. This video is part of Shelly's interview on that program at the site of her Antique Log Cabin exhibition. The video is mostly in Japanese; Shelly is speaking with the TV hosts via interpreter.