Most people have no idea how much grandmother’s favorite vase, piece of jewelry or painting is really worth.

The Midlothian Conference Center is hosting the Fourth Annual Antiques Treasures Exhibit March 13 through 15 and is urging the community to bring out their favorite treasure or antique to be viewed by antiques experts and the public.

“We’ve been very pleased with this exhibit and it has been well received by the community,” said Norman Pender, event coordinator. “I have repeatedly said there are many fabulous antique treasures tucked away in homes around Midlothian and this exhibit is a great way to show that stuff off.”

The Exhibit opens Friday, March 13 with a variety of experts on hand to offer their estimates and what they know or can dig up through research about a particular piece.

“The odds of finding a real treasure are not as great as they once were, but there are still some surprises out there,” said Pender. “I want to urge people to bring their art, their jewelry, glassware or whatever out and let’s take a look at it.”

The Conference Center opens to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.

As always, there is no admission, entry fee to exhibit an item or appraisal or estimate fee.

New this year will be a vintage auto show by Lone Star Auto Club on Saturday.

The Antiques Treasure Exhibit had more than 350 items on display the first year. Pender hopes for more this spring.

“All type of items may be displayed, including furniture, jewelry, toys, paintings, sculpture, silver, linens, quilts, glass, ceramics, china, clocks, books, photos and more,” said Pender. “We’ve really had a lot of fun with this. If you don’t have anything to exhibit you still need to come out and see what we’ve found this year.”

The community is asked not to bring weapons to the Antique Treasures Exhibit.

The rules are easy. The items should have been made no later than 1950, and there is a limit of five items per person. The Center will provide rollers for large items, but the participant must provide the labor. Each item should be identified with a 5x7 card (available at the Conference Center), giving a brief description and/or history of the item. Items must be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

To participate, contact the Midlothian Conference Center by Wednesday, March 11, giving your name, address, and phone number. You may phone Mary Rustin at (972) 723-7919 or e-mail midconfcntr@aol.com for more information.