Set your story at an antique roadshow.
Posted in Dramatic on Mar 31, 2023
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“The Divine Intervention of the Molly Maguires” by KT George
For three months out of the year, antiques and art lovers all over the United States gather to share their beloved treasures at designated roadshow locations. The hunters and gathers, the collectors, and even the hoarders come together in one place to seek out the advice of experts and estimators to see if the stuff they have is worth any money. Sometimes they earn a history lesson while also learning they’ve got an une...
“Afloat” by Payton Lundgren
As the brakes squeal and the truck comes to a stop, the hot summer air creeps its way through the open window. Despite the early hour, the sun still beats down on us, forcing me to squint and turn my head towards the inside of the truck. My mother sits behind the wheel rummaging through her bag, looking for the key to the padlock she insists on adding to the back of the truck. Between us sits the family photos we’d take...
“Just My Type” by Marisa Billions
“Mom- let’s go into the antique road show over there!” Hunter grabbed his mother’s wrist and dragged her down the street to the warehouse where a mass of antique shop owners and dealers were tucked away just off the main drag of Old Town. “Why?” Stella dragged herself behind them. It was their Sunday ritual- lunch and whatever after for just the two of them. Hunter loved antique shops and thrifting and e...
“He Said, She Said” by Mister X
"Is this where we line up?”“Wee line up? Are you referring to people experiencing short stature?”“No, no. I want to know if this is where we line up. As in us. As in people.”“Yes. Individuals are lining up here for appraisals.”“I can’t wait to see if my old stuff is worth anything.”“You mean your mature stuff.”“No, I didn’t bring anything naughty. Why would I do that?”“I don’t mean ma...
“Bobsy's Treasure” by Kevin Broccoli
Larry, so help me God, if you come near me right now, I am going to scream so loud, it’ll shatter every window in this godless convention center. I am so mad. I am so mad I could eat salami, and you know how I feel about salami. I could take one of those big rolls of salami and tear into it like a magpie. That’s how mad I am. I don’t even know what a magpie is. I’ve lost all my know...
“Grace Finds A Grandma Moses” by Edward J. McCoul
“Grace Finds A Grandma Moses” Grace loved nothing more than browsing antique shows in her free time. She enjoyed the thrill of the hunt, the possibility of discovering hidden treasures, and the satisfaction of haggling for a good deal. One sunny afternoon, she came across an antique roadside show and decided to stop by. As she was walking around, something caught her eye – a beautiful painting of a rural scene. Upon closer inspection, she saw that it was signed by none other than Grandma Moses. Grace was familiar with th...
“Model Train” by Fraser Green
I don’t see the point of buying old things. When do you ever want an antique television? I’ve never found exhilaration over banging the top of the set to make it work and, when it does, having to stand up to change the channel. That’s an inconvenience. Ben seemed to think there was something addictive about these expired relics of history. My niece too, so this is why I’m here. She loves old shit. And I love her, so I guess that works. Ben is also cute, and I’m still keen to fuck him. I’m slightly concerned that his home is filled with fu...
“The Tea Set” by Kaya Monn
On the day the stranger arrived, Doug and Darryl sat outside on their rocking chairs in silence. It was a mild, cloudless day, and after decades of running an antique shop, there was no need for conversation. They sat outside together, and that was enough. As they sat, a small, red car pulled up. The sun cast a glare on the windshield, making it impossible to see the driver. It rolled to a stop in thei...
“A Byzantine Trade” by Scott Christenson
Being in a traveling antique roadshow, one learns to keep a close eye on the competition. Especially the Greens, they organize this roadshow, but have been against me from the beginning.Across the aisle, a young man looks disappointed with whatever Isaac had to offer him, and heads my way. There’s a good chance Isaac—not as educated as I—might not have discerned the cultural nuance of the historical antiquity the young man is trying to sell.When he approaches, he shyly avoids my gaze yet looks hopeful. ...
“Haunted Doll” by Jack Gorzo
Antiques roadshows are not all they’re cracked up to be. It isn’t always a man in a nice suit telling you that a shattered watch you found in your late grandfather’s attic is actually worth $10,000. My experience was mostly standing awkwardly in a crowded convention center trying to find someone who would talk to me. I even bought a classy black dress for the occasion, hoping that it would somehow help my chanc...
“Dunwitty's Proof ” by Daniel Dundin
On May 14th at Valley Forge they found a finger. The severed digit was wrapped in antique, handmade Belgian lace, and closed in a Georgian rosewood sewing box. (Appraisal, $8,500 - $10,000.) The police thought it was a deeply depraved prank until June 5th at the Alamo when they found a human ear. It was sealed in a faded airmail envelope with a love note from World War I. The note read, “I miss the sound of your voice.” The envelope and ear were inside an ostrich leather, monogrammed briefcase belonging to J. Edgar Hoover. (Ap...
“The Antiques Roadshow of a Lifetime” by S B
As I walked through the bustling crowd at the antique roadshow, I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe. I had always been a fan of the television show, but nothing could have prepared me for the real-life excitement of attending a roadshow in person. My husband and I had been collecting antiques for years, and we had brought a variety of pieces with us to the event. From a vintage camera to a set of antique silve...
“Seek and Ye Shall Find” by Rene Raque
The rain hitting the windshield, and the gloomy sky on the horizon, seem to add even more negativity to the day. Why was it so hard to move aging family members? Not just the sheer number of personal belongings collected over decades, but the vice like grip on said possessions. I wish my aunt would just donate all of it. That drama isn’t enough to bring me down though. I’m on my way to make some big money at the antique ...
“True Treasure” by Nona Yobis
Alyssa clutched her leather satchel close as she stood frozen in the sea of faces. There had to be thousands of people inside the convention center, with just as many standing outside, waiting to be let in. It was more than the entire town population. Where did they all come from, and how did so many people have family antiques to show off? She began to feel as though maybe she shouldn’t have come, and that her piece was not worthy of the famous national television program. When leaving the house that morning, she h...
“Golden Ticket” by Mazie Maris
**This story contains profanity**I hate this place. It smells like moth balls and old people, and I can’t believe I have to spend another Saturday of my 13-year-old life sitting here watching people get all worked about paintings with cracks in them. Seriously, I’ve lost sleep wondering how my life got me here.This time we’re at the convention center in Boston, a mere five hours from home, which I guess is better than last weekend in Indianapolis which required sleeping in our car in a Wal-Mart parking ...
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