Do you have some knick-knacks that were passed down from your Great Aunt Myrtle, a painting that your Grandma Gertie gifted to you or something odd that you stumbled across at a thrift store that you just don’t know what it is?

The Eaton Area Historical Society and Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art can help you determine if certain items are worth keeping or can be let out to pasture to find a new home in someone else’s basement or garage.

The historical society has partnered with Daniel Geary, owner of Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art, to host an antique and art fundraising appraisal from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at 207 Elm Ave. in Eaton.

With 30 years of experience as an appraiser, Geary has worked with organizations across Colorado and Wyoming to conduct more than 50 antique appraisal events for museums and historical societies.

“It’s our goal to help people understand the value of their antiques,” Geary explained. “Once you know what something is worth, you can make an informed decision about what to do with it. Like, whether it needs to be insured or if it’s something you should hand down to your kids.”

Attendees can bring up to three items per 15-minute appointment.

Courtesy Eaton Area Historical Society

Items eligible for appraisal include:



Furniture- please bring several photos of the piece only

Sterling Silver


Native American artifacts


Musical instruments


Rodeo History



Civil War memorabilia

Antique firearms — circa 1920 and earlier and must be unloaded

Weapons and knives



Western history

Cowboy collectibles

Historical Americana

Any Eaton, Greeley or Colorado historical items

Asian artifacts and objects are unable to be appraised.

There is a $5 per item donation required for the appraisal. Proceeds raised from the appraisal event will benefit the Eaton Historical Society.

Appointments are highly encouraged, however, walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Terrie James at (847) 707-5276.

The museum will also be open for tours during the event, so bring the family.

For more information on the Eaton Area Historical Society, go to . To learn more about Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art, go to .

This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune