There's some telltale signs that separate an average piece of old silverware from something truly special, says appraiser Shawne MacIntyre, and she wants to help people spot them.
The Start Your Own Collection course is one of the new general interest courses at Capilano University
It covers topics that don't often come to mind when pondering university life, in this case, learning what to look for in antiques and artwork.
It was the brainchild of MacIntyre, an art appraiser with MacIntyre Appraisals who often has people coming to her asking what they can do to get the eye for antiques.
"Certainly with the Antiques Roadshow and Cash In The Attic and all those television shows, there's a greater awareness of art and antiques," she