John Sewell This Old Thing!

John Sewell has been buying, selling and appraising antiques and fine art for over 30 years. His highly successful syndicated column, This Old Thing! (formerly So, What’s it Worth?) is read by over two million Canadians every week. The column currently appears in The Toronto Star, The Record, The Windsor Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Guelph Mercury and The Moncton Times & Transcript.

The public’s appetite for information about antiques has exploded in recent years and John’s column taps into this fast-growing area of interest. It’s like an Antiques Roadshow for newspapers, telling people what they have and how much it’s worth!

John will be making regular appearances as part of a team of expert appraisers on the new History Television show Pawnathon Canada which debuts June 13th (2012). For upcoming episodes and times, visit

John made an appearance on CBC's home decorating show Steven and Chris, giving expert advice on What to Collect. You can watch the complete episode here. (John's segment appears at the 30 minute mark.)

John has also appeared on CTV’s national morning show, Canada AM, to appraise viewer submissions and talk about the fascinating world of antiques.

John’s 30 years of practical hands-on experience in the antique business is complemented by his leave-no-stone-unturned research skills, which he fine-tuned during his early years as a terrestrial biologist and environmental consultant.

John also conducts formal appraisals of antiques and fine art for estate and insurance purposes. His clients include individuals, families, businesses, museums and auction houses.

John is interested in all categories of antiques, including glass, porcelain, pottery, furniture, silver, textiles, lamps and clocks, nostalgia, oil paintings and water colors.

He lives in southwestern Ontario, and has two daughters, Alex and Anne.

“Learning about these pistols is almost like a dream - I'm pinching myself to make sure it’s really happening. I doubt you'll ever realize just how very grateful I am for your interest in running them in your column.” — Diana, Ottawa, ON

“Good luck with your column. It will continue to be one of the first pages I turn to. ” — K.D., Mississauga, ON

“ I love reading your column each week. We’ve inherited a lot of old things from our parents and I’m anxious to educate myself on the fascinating world of antiques. Keep up the good work!” — Brenda, Halifax, NS


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