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.




Murrells Inlet ~ Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Murrells Inlet Creek cira 1950

I have been fortunate enough to have grown up with Murrells Inlet and I am often amused by how the way things used to be and the way things are today in our blessed piece of the earth and how it  has and continues to evolve.  The growth in Murrells Inlet continues and just like the tide will continue to change the face of our community for years to come.

Our quiet streets remain as does the calm you will find on an early morning walk along the oak lined streets, Marshwalk, and Bike Path in the Village of Murrells Inlet proper.  To define MIP it is East of Hwy 17 Bypass and follows the Mickey Spillane Hwy 17 path which will bring you into the fishing ‘village’ with access to Huntington Beach State Park which has deep roots in Murrells Inlet area history.

And it is quiet if you get here real early ~ after the fishing fleet leaves for a day of fishing and before ~ the jet skis and fishing boats ~ make their run towards the Atlantic from the Public Boat Landing beside Belin Methodist Church along the creekfront.

Murrells Inlet circa 2012

It is amusing to see how visitors and new residents embrace or ignore what others that only get to visit from time to time long for and have embedded in their DNA.  The view of the moment and the smell of pluff mud at low tide &  the taste of fresh caught flounder or steamed oysters and clams just hours from harvest from the shellfish beds of Murrells Inlet.

Murrells Inlet is a special place and the importance of remembering yesterday and keeping it sweet for tomorrow will remain a challenge now that the secret is out.  Endless recreational opportunities, creek front homes & condo’s oak lined streets and neighborhoods, a community hospital and mall and the best seafood in South Carolina.

Yes things have changed and the landscape will continue to be shaped into new homes and businesses for years to come but one thing that we must continue to remember and protect is the vital watershed that makes Murrells Inlet so unique.  Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P,Inc.  Serving the Grand Strand and Pee Dee of South Carolina.





Antiques Roadshow ~ Checking out local History for the 2013 Season

Antiques Roadshow in Myrtle Beach

In my book there is nothing else like the excitement of having a long held family treasure or garage sell find being appraised by the Antiques Roadshow and this weekend scores of people will be at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to do just that if they were lucky enough to get a ticket to the event.

This week the Roadshow Crew landed in Myrtle Beach and has wasted no time in hitting some of the public treasures found along the Grand Strand.   No doubt Brookgreen Gardens was on the top of their list and according to their Facebook status updates they were there filming on Thursday and it is very likely Atalaya Castle was filmed too.  Today they were at Hobcaw Barony and surely will be hitting Historic Georgetown later in the day.

While living here we sometimes forget all the great historical sites we have access to in Murrells Inlet and along the Waccamaw Neck when the show airs for the new season of the Antiques Roadshow in 2013 it will certainly provide a glimpse into this wonderful place we call home.

Follow me on twitter for live updates from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center tomorrow as I brave the crowds for my appraisal.  Who knows you might just see me on TV.