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Cash in the Attic

September 16, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
I am munching on M&Ms at the moment, with little faces on them ... the faces of Tim Luke and Greg Strahm.

The M&Ms were favors at their Aug. 8 wedding in Lakeville, Conn.

Marriage wasn't something Tim said he thought he'd get to experience, but the change has come ... at least to some states. (And he quoted Gandhi, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." ) Exciting stuff for these two, both so committed to marriage and each other, he said. In fact, their wedding announcement is on the New York Times Web site. Pretty cool.

The two guys are also the Appraiser Guys, who will be presenting programs and events in Wheeling, as part of the Museums of Oglebay Institute's "Cash in the Attic" Weekend.

Tim is an appraiser on HGTV's "Cash in the Attic," while Greg also is an appraiser as well as a self-taught chef.

Listening to them talk so enthusiastically today at a luncheon, hosted by Beth Weaver, Paula McClure and Charlotte Karges, made the week's activities sound quite interesting. They are both so knowledgeable.

Here's the rundown of what's going on:

Thursday, Sept. 17: Chef Greg's Appetizer Cooking Class, which is already sold out.

Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.: The Appraiser Guys' Price is Right — Attendees will guess the value of items that have been discovered, appraised or sold by Tim and Greg. Celebrity guests — including the paper's own Linda Comins — will add to the fun and excitement of the evening. Tim will tell stories about the items and how the value is determined.

There will be a mini-auction, with such items as: a Seven Springs Mountain Resort package; a trip to the PGA Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championship at Firestone Country Club; an elegant handmade hat by artist Amy Hamilton of Granville Millinery Company; a mani/pedi at Oglebay Resort's West Spa; a private wine tasting at Good Manion Wines; a chance to be an appraiser's apprentice; an appraiser's brunch; "Scotch and a good read"; and "Ladies Who Lunch," a luncheon for six prepared in your home by Greg. I especially love the "Ladies Who Lunch" item.

Greg also is doing a "Divine Desserts" cooking class Thursday, Sept. 24, from 1-3 p.m. He'll make three items, one of which is a Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake. (Just what does one drink with that?)

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, Tim and Greg will give appraisals of up to eight items per person for a fee of $15 per item or four for $50.

They'll also present a workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 22, titled, Business Tools and Media Relations, at which time they'll offer tips for business owners.

They've been in business for 15 years, owners of TreasureQuest Appraisal Group, which offers a wide variety of services pertaining to the appraisal and/or liquidation of personal property.

"We love coming to Wheeling. We always have a great time," Tim said.

"This is our sixth year here," Greg noted. "And it's the highlight of our entire summer."

Well, except maybe this summer — I'd think their nuptials would've trumped it.


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