What you won’t see on Antiques Roadshow ~ Myrtle Beach Edition

Murrells Inlet Indian Pottery?

I didn’t get tickets to the Antiques Roadshow last year when they set up at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center by the luck of the draw but from a dear friend who couldn’t go at the last minute and had 2 tickets she wanted to give to me.  After all I did have some Murrells Inlet ‘treasure’ the kind that does have a story from right here in my own backyard.

Picking the one item wasn’t hard since it had been in my family for as long as I could remember and I was certainly hoping to get a bit more insight into what the Roadshow Appraisers might have to share about it.  There was certainly lots of mystery about the piece since it has always been sheltered and kept out of harms way.

Growing up in Murrells Inlet we spent most of our time playing out in the creek or running around the dirt roads and as a child we often found pottery shards and a few treasured arrowheads from time to time.  No doubt these old remains were from the time when the real ‘native’ people lived in the Murrells Inlet area.

Revealing my treasure to people waiting in line only built more excitement. “Wow you are going to get on TV with that piece!” a fellow collector proclaimed.   I hoped not because what I was really hoping was to get some clues on how old it might be and of course the value is priceless as far as I was concerned.

Tribal Arts and Pottery was the ticket perscibed at the entry table where everyone shows what they have so they can be directed to the proper appraisal staff.   Now we are getting somewhere!

The appraiser asked me where the item came from and I told him ‘Murrells Inlet’.  His next question ~ “Where is Murrells Inlet?”  made me realize I wouldn’t get many answers about my piece of history that day and so the mystery remains.  It made me dig a little on my own and at least I found a good resource online for further investigation.

The good part about the Antiques Roadshow in Myrtle Beach is that it puts the spotlight on many of the important Historical Sites around Murrells Inlet and the Waccamaw Neck and as a ‘native’ thats good enough for me. ©Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Grand Strand and Pee Dee of South Carolina.