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Lifelong learning series brings back antiques

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) has scheduled a repeat of the popular course, “Antiques, Appraisals, Auctions,” with instructors Linda and Larry Makowski. The three sessions will be held on March 4, 11, and 18 (Mondays), from 10 a.m. to noon, at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center.

As well as listing the criteria that define an antique, this course clarifies what is meant by “fair market value” and “market levels of trade,” and tells attendees when they should have an item appraised, and who can perform this service. The instructors will also consider the periods of design into which antiques are classified, the anatomy of their construction, and the origins of jewelry design. They will explain “everything you wanted to know about auctions”—of real estate, vehicles, equipment, and personal property—and will transform participants from novices to experienced and knowledgeable bidders.

Larry Makowski is an Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate; he and Linda Makowski, both gemologists, boast a combined total of 57 years of auctioneering experience. Both hold Certified Auctioneers Institute and Certified Estate Specialist designations from the American Marketing Institute, and were trained through the American Society of Appraisers to evaluate fine and decorative art, machinery and equipment, gems and jewelry, and personal property.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Antiques, Appraisals, Auctions” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

Photo: Linda and Larry Makowski will repeat their course, “Antiques, Appraisals, Auctions,” for the RCC Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning.

One Response to “Lifelong learning series brings back antiques”

  1. Ada Jacox says:

    Is it too late for 2 of us to register for you antique appraisal course that begins on Monday, March 4th?

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