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Arizona Collectibles

Arizona Collectibles

Each season on Arizona Collectibles, we look at the treasures local viewers bring in from their attics, garages or grandmother’s house.

“Arizona Collectibles” is a fun, educational and sometimes surprising look at the treasures Arizonans have in their homes. Radio personality Beth McDonald hosts the show while appraisers from around the country evaluate millions of dollars of antiques, heirlooms, thrift store and garage sale finds.

Over the years, the appraisers have discovered and evaluated a Charles Russell painting worth close to a million dollars, an extensive collection of advertising materials created for the Edsel worth close $250,000, iconic pieces of Tiffany & Co. jewelry as well as hundreds of other items. Along the way, “Arizona Collectibles” tells the stories of Arizona residents and their ancestors.

From 2014-2017, more than 5,000 people visited the downtown Arizona PBS studios to take part in the Arizona Collectibles Evaluation Weekend. Each year, production crews shot 130 to 140 individual segments with the appraisers and guests in order to create the 13 episodes of “Arizona Collectibles.” This local production would not be possible without the help of the many dedicated people who volunteer for Arizona PBS.

MORE: Meet the appraisers.

Beth McDonald

Beth McDonald is the host of “Arizona Collectibles.” She also is a longtime radio personality on KEZ-FM, where she hosts “Beth and Friends,” the longest running local morning radio show in Phoenix.

Her career included 20 years as the co-host of the “Beth & Bill” show on KEZ-FM with the late Bill Austin. On the weekends, if she’s not watching her beloved Notre Dame football team, you will find her voraciously reading and experimenting with new wines.