Judy Baker is going, going, gone on antiques.
And she is about to turn that passion into the Mogollon Health Alliance's newest fund-raising event: the First Annual Charity Old Tyme Auction and Appraisal Fair, to be held Saturday in a circus tent on the MHA parking lot.
Over 300 items have already been donated for auction, and Baker the organization's marketing director will utilize her credentials as a certified personal property appraiser by giving attendees the lowdown on their attic treasures.
"It will be just like the 'Antiques Roadshow' television program," said Baker, who had been appraising antiques for over two decades when she became certified a few years ago.
"I decided that, for an auction fund-raiser, it would be a great idea to have an appraisal fair, too," she said. "So I'll be there, along with two other certified appraisers from the Valley and Wickenburg, and we'll all be doing appraisals for donations of $5 per item."
Although each of the appraisers has their own areas of expertise, Baker said, "We'll appraise anything and everything. We keep abreast of the big, major auctions, as well as how things are selling locally. For items we may not be familiar with, we can look those up in the computer. We have the same database used by the 'Antique Roadshow.'"
The vast majority of the auction items, she said, have come from a single source: the MHA's auxiliary, a group of 130 women (and a few men) known collectively as the Pink Ladies.
"Among the antiques they've brought in so far are an oak draw table; a tea cart; a China cabinet that's just absolutely gorgeous; an oak rocking chair; a primitive 'stepback' cupboard; a cream-and-green enamel stove; and antique phones and prints and sterling silver and lots of gorgeous linens that some of the Pink Ladies made 50 years ago," Baker said. "They've starched and ironed them up, and they're beautiful."
Baker hopes the event brings "about $20,000" to MHA's coffers. All monies raised will go to help pay for the organization's many ongoing local free-to-the-public programs, such as the Women's Wellness Forum, the Community Health Fair, Lifesavers CPR classes, the MHAXIII Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Program, and the Pink Ladies' generous scholarship program for those entering health-related fields.
"The Pink Ladies give away from $15,000 to $25,000 worth of scholarships every year," Baker said.
"When you get them together, they're a pretty awesome force. They have put in close to 300,000 donated hours. They helped build the hospital and bought all of its original equipment. They are an incredible force in this community, and we could not be doing this auction without them."
But non-Pink Ladies can donate items, too, she quickly added.
"We want items that are saleable, but they don't have to be antiques," Baker said. "We've had people donate an electric typewriter, a vacuum, an outboard motor. As long as it's quality, we'll sell it."
The Mogollon Health Alliance is located at 308 E. Aero. Appraisals will take place from 8 to 10 a.m.; a preview of the 300-plus auction lots will begin at 8 a.m.; and the auction, which is expected to last approximately 3 hours, will begin at 10 a.m.
During the proceedings, a Pink Ladies' concession stand will sell coffee, doughnuts, hot dogs, sodas, water, ham and beans, muffins and homemade pies that are "to die for," Baker promised.
For more information, to donate auction or consignment items, or to learn more about the Pink Ladies, call Judy Baker at 472-2588.