The Appraiser’s Diary: Five Things to Look Forward to in Fall

9070-red-and-yellow-autumn-leaves-pvBy Rachel Hoffman

Some activities just seem ideal for the season. Here are five for autumn.


1. Leaf Peeping
Leaf peeping is an informal expression for traveling to view and photograph places where foliage turns bright colors in autumn. The origin of the term “leaf peeping” is not known. Colored autumn foliage occurs wherever deciduous trees grow. Canada and New England are famous for their autumnal foliage, bringing tourism worth billions of dollars. Variations of this activity include writing poems about trees, painting pictures of trees, seeing museum exhibitions of autumnal art, and collecting items whose theme is autumn.


RL-00014342. Collecting Fall Figurines
Many books and price guides have been published about collecting porcelain figurines. Beautiful figurines have been made since ancient times throughout the world. Figurines include china half dolls, pin cushion dolls, and Hummels. Hummel figurines are a series based on the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F. (21 May 1909 – 6 November 1946).  Franz Goebel, porcelain maker, acquired rights to turn her drawings into figurines, producing the first line in 1935. Hummel figurines became popular in the USA during the 1930s. The figurines have themes leading up to Christmas. Even a few colorful figurines will brighten any home in autumn.





Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, Colorado USA3. Outdoor Concerts
Attend an outdoor concert this fall. Outdoor concert venues are located in various regions of the United States. One is the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.  It’s considered the world’s only naturally-occurring and acoustically perfect amphitheater. The Beatles, U2, Sting, and other accomplished musicians have performed on the stage, made of two 300-foot rocks and sandstone. It is located in Red Rock Park, 6,450 feet above sea level, and has a stunning view of Denver. The amphitheater seats close to 10,000 guests.


4. Fall Fashion and Fashion Shows
Attend a fashion show this fall. Fashion shows are put on by fashion designers to showcase their upcoming line of clothing during Fashion Week. Fashion shows debut every season, particularly the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. Fashion shows start trends in fashion. Or you can go vintage with your fall fashion and shop some of the stores on South Broadway on Denver’s Antique Row.


fall-time-nashville-flea-market5. Fall Bazaars and Flea Markets
Fall is a great time to put on a cozy scarf and boots and go treasure hunting! High quality items such as collectibles and antiques are available at flea markets across the country. Many markets offer fresh produce, baked goods, kitchen appliances, furniture, paintings, toys, and vintage clothes. Shopping at flea markets will give you fresh ideas and stimulate your imagination.


Rachel Hoffman owns Rachel Hoffman & Associates, a Denver based appraisal and consulting firm. Visit and learn more about her practice here:

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