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  • 'Antiques Roadshow' appraiser stopping in Odessa to talk toys

  • Noel Barrett is as famous for his mustache and pony-tail as for his accuracy as a vintage toy appraiser. See him Saturday in Odessa when he examines the Historic Odessa Foundation's antique toy collection.
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  • "Antiques Roadshow" vintage toy appraiser Noel Barrett, known as the mustache-sporting and pony-tail-wearing antique examiner, will stop at the Historic Houses of Odessa on Saturday to present a free lecture on vintage toys. He'll also examine the Historic Odessa Foundation's collection of 19th century and early 20th century toys.
    "This is fun and exciting stuff," HOF Executive Director Debbie Buckson said emphatically of Barrett's visit. "He's the man."
    After a career as a filmmaker, Barrett followed his passion for antique toys and cultural artifacts, turning a hobby into a business. In 1986, after 20 years as a dealer specializing in vintage toys and advertising memorabilia, he then broadened his business to include the promotion of two or three specialized auctions a year. In the last decade, he has gone on to devote himself entirely to the auction business, holding one exclusive auction a year now that focuses on unusual and extraordinary collections.
    The lecture is free, open to the public and will take place at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, in the Visitors Center of the "Bank Building," located at 201 Main St., Odessa.
    "I'm so excited for him to examine our stuff and while I'm sure he'll answer questions, it's not the 'Antiques Roadshow' and we're asking that people not bring items for him to appraise."

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