We’ve had an unusually warm autumn and it has been beautiful in spite of the lack of the brilliant color we had all anticipated. No predictions for winter from me—even the woolly bears can’t decide what kind of winter we should expect—I’ve even seen some that are totally blond!
For those of you who are early risers, the Antiques Market in Barre at the Canadian Club opened on October 22. The Market runs every other Sunday except for December. November shows are the 12th and 26th. In 2018 the dates are January 14th and 28th; February 11th and 25th; March 11th and 25th; and April 8th. The Market opens at 8am and closes at 1pm. Admission for early buyers (8am) is $5; general admission (9am) is $2. The Canadian Club is located on Route 14 north of Barre.
Many VADA dealers will be set up in West Lebanon, New Hampshire at the Lebanon Antiques Show and Sale on Sunday, November 19th. The show is held at the Fireside Inn and Suites at Exit 20 off I-89. Show hours are 10am to 3pm and admission is $6. Just in time for some Christmas shopping.
Sharon Boccelli of S.B. and Company Auctioneers, Bellows Falls, Vermont, will be wholesaling the contents of estates out of their auction hall for the remainder of 2017. Stock changes weekly. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am to 5pm. Other days by chance or appointment. Please call before going as they may be on the road. For more information call 802-460-1190 or email email@example.com
A reminder that our semi-annual VADA meeting is November 14th at the Middlebury Inn. The board meeting is at 9:30; show committee at 10:30; and general meeting at 11:30. There will be a show-and tell program which should be fun. Hope to see you there!
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
October VADA Newsletter
The five Vermont Week shows were fantastic! The foliage wasn’t quite ready to pop, but wonderful antiques were popping up at each show. Dealer sales were good, and the attendance was up from past years. The shows presented dealers from all the New England states, as well as dealers from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina.
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association show committee met in September and voted to move the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Show and Sale to Vermont Week in 2018. The VADA show will no longer be held in July; it will join the other Vermont Week shows in September/October.
The annual meeting of the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association will be held on November 14 at the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury. The board meeting is at 9:30, the VADA show committee meeting at 10:30, and the annual meeting for all members at 11:30. The cost for lunch is $20 per person. Registration forms will be sent out and please RSVP and send $20 for lunch to Trisha Koptiuch, 164 Osgood Hill Road, Essex, VT 05424. You may pay for lunch when you arrive, but please let Trisha know if you plan to attend as we have to inform the Inn on the number of people to prepare lunch for. There will be a “show and tell” program so feel free to bring something to share with everyone. It was a huge success and fun at the last meeting. The annual meeting is where your voice as a member of VADA may be heard and a great place to meet and talk to your fellow dealers. Everyone is encouraged to attend. For further information or to join VADA, contact Brian Bittner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Bittner is having a huge barn sale Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 7:30 am-close. He’s offering estate fresh antiques including artwork, primitives, advertising, tools, signs, and lots more. Directions: 4 VT Farmhouse Road, Underhill, parking on Route 15 and behind barn. For more information, directions, and pictures go to http://www.bittnerantiques.com/ .
Antiques dealers are a hardy bunch! Some do multiple shows a year, often traveling from one show to another. Many maintain shops or booths in shops, while many maintain websites. Some do it all! Many dealers are retired but for many selling antiques is in addition to their busy careers. As if all this activity weren’t enough, they also have to constantly replenish their stock by going to house sales, auctions, shows, and shops! If you would like to share information about your shop, shows, or other antiquing exploits, please email me at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you and remember: the newsletter is for and about you, the members of the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association.
September VADA News
Vermont Week shows are just around the corner! Mark your calendars for September 28th through October 1st. There are lots of shows to choose from—you can go to one or two, or better yet, go to all of them! Each show has fantastic dealers from many states offering a wide range of interesting and unique antiques: country, primitive, formal, folk art, and paintings and other artwork.
The Weston Antiques Show at the Weston Playhouse kicks off the week with a preview on Thursday, September 28th. The show continues on Friday and Saturday. The Okemo Antiques Show and the Ludlow Antique Show and Sale both have their previews on Friday, September 29th and both shows are open on Saturday. Antiques at Stratton Mountain is open for early buying on Saturday, September 30th at 7:30am and is open on Sunday as well. The new Vermont Pickers Market at Okemo will be on Sunday, October 1st. The Vermont Pickers Market has many of the same dealers who used to do the old Riley Rink show in Manchester. More information on all the shows and their times and admission prices can be found on the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ website www.vermontantiquesdealers.com or find us on Facebook at Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association.
Our VADA members have had a busy summer setting up at shows throughout New England, New York, and elsewhere. Happily, reports of good sales have been abundant.
Gail Laird of Halliday House, Napa, California writes that they are hosting their annual Napa Valley Harvest Barn Day on Saturday, September 16th. For those fortunate enough to be able to attend, it should be a fun day as it coincides with the grape harvest in the vineyard. What could be better than looking at beautiful antiques in a redwood grove amid gorgeous views of vineyards?
Barb Johnson, Pewter & Wood Antiques, and Tom Baker, Baker & Co. Antiques, will be holding a Fall Open House at Barb’s shop on Crystal Lake, 51 Algonquin Road, Enfield, New Hampshire on September 27th, 9am to 4pm. The shop will be filled with fresh finds as well as sale items. Refreshments are promised and I can vouch for their being delicious from having attended previous open houses! You can make this your first stop on the way to the Vermont Week Shows!
For directions and more information call 602-677-5686 or email
Mary Fraser is known to many, if not all of you, but perhaps there are a few things you don’t know about Mary. Mary and Bob started selling antiques 54 years ago. They were both teachers; Mary taught private kindergarten and also worked as a social worker. Mary relates that after their third child was born, she turned the private kindergarten room into an antiques shop and put out a sign and within half an hour, they had their first paying customer! One of my favorite stories was of an iron bed Mary and Bob had when first starting out—Mary said it was so ugly that she threw a huge bedspread over it, headboard and all! One of their first antique splurges was on a copper teakettle which was sold long ago. Mary and Bob did many shows and also managed shows for many years. They had a shop at their home in Taftsville before moving to Chester and opening a shop there. They made many friends throughout the years and were mentors to many younger dealers. I still have the first antique I bought from them in 1995 at the Country Antiques Show in Danielson, Connecticut—a small wooden cat pull toy. Sadly, Bob died in 2015. Mary continues to sell antiques at the Stone House in Chester and by appointment at her shop in Chester. She loves the antiques business but says that the friendships she’s made and the people she’s met have been the most gratifying part of the business.
Our condolences to Greg Hamilton and his family on the death of Greg’s mother, Sheila Hamilton Rowland, who died at the age of 92 on August 22nd.
The weather here in Vermont has been beautiful and promises to be a spectacular fall foliage season. Come to antique at the shows and see our wonderful state in all its seasonal glory.
Vesta Urband, firstname.lastname@example.org
August VADA News
Hope everyone had a chance to attend the Vermont Antique Dealers’ Show at Stratton Mountain July 21st and 22nd. The dealers outdid themselves in presenting beautiful booths with many wonderful antiques for both serious collectors and those seeking a treasure for today. It was nice visiting with our many Vermont dealers as well as many of the dealers from out of state and meeting new VADA member/dealer Mark Keily from Ohio who set up for the first time at the show. As always, the show committee thanks everyone who attended and looks forward to seeing you again next year!
Mark your calendars for September 9th and plan to attend the 13th Annual Norwich Antiques Show at the Norwich Historical Society. The show is from 10am to 3pm and admission is $5 (children 12 and under enjoy free admission). In addition to great antiques, there is live music, a raffle, and informal appraisals by William Smith from 1pm to 3pm. You can bring a maximum of 3 items and the cost for each item is $5. All proceeds from the show benefit the Norwich Historical Society. It can be a fun day for the whole family.
The month of September includes the start of Vermont Antiques Week! You won’t want to miss any of these shows. From Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, October 1st there are 5 great shows offering a wide variety of quality antiques from dealers from all over the country. The week’s shows open with the Weston Antique show preview on Thursday evening and end with Antiques at Stratton Mountain and the Vermont Picker’s Market at Okemo on Sunday. In between there are shows in Ludlow and Okemo on Friday and Saturday, and Stratton Base Lodge on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll have a full schedule in next month’s newsletter. However If you want to mark your calendars now, you can check our website for the dates and times of each of the shows www.vermontantiquesdealers.com
We are lucky here in Vermont to have many fine antique centers in various parts of the state. The following are some you may want to visit and I’ve included some of their offerings. As you travel through the southern part of the state you can stop at the Windham Antique Center in Bellows Falls where you’ll find furniture, paintings, and decorative arts. Follow that with a stop at Stone House in Chester where 95 dealers offer a wide variety of interesting country and primitive antiques and collectibles. If you’re heading north from Chester, you can continue on up to Middlebury and visit the Middlebury Antique Center which offers antiques from over 50 dealers specializing in primitives, country, folk art, jewelry, prints, and paintings. If you find yourself up near Burlington you can go to Vintage Inspired and Barge Canal Antiques for antiques and vintage goods. In Essex Junction you’ll find Five Corners Antiques. Five Corners has 45 dealers offering primitives and country through mid-century modern. The Antiques Collaborative in Quechee offers a wide variety of formal to country antiques, paintings, and quilts. Farther north there is Sir Richard’s Antique Center in Waterbury Center that has a wide selection of American and continental furniture and furnishings. Many of these centers offer sale days on specific days of the week or month and special events during various times of the year. Most are open every day. All are listed in the Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association Directory or on our website www.vermontantiquesdealers.com
Next month I will introduce you to some of the shops in our state.
If you would like a copy or copies of the Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association Directory, contact Trisha Koptiuch, 164 Osgood Hill Road, Essex, VT 05452 or email your request to Trisha at email@example.com
Enjoy the rest of the summer and have fun antiquing! As always, I welcome hearing from you.
Vesta Urband (firstname.lastname@example.org)
July VADA News
The big news for July is the 43rd Annual Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association show at Stratton Mountain Base Lodge. The show opens Friday, July 21st at noon and closes at 8 pm and continues on Saturday, July 22nd opening at 9 am and closing at 2 pm. Admission is $10. There will be 40 dealers exhibiting in room settings and representing 8 states, including Vermont. The dealers will all be bringing fresh to the market antiques ranging from primitive and country Americana and folk art to more formal American antiques and art. This is going to be a great show and one you won’t want to miss.
For more information, call Greg Hamilton at 802-877-3359.
In addition to the VADA show this month, Brimfield is also coming up July 11th through July 16th. Shopping Brimfield is always fun and there are always treasures to be found on the many fields.
I was recently up in Maine and attended the Wells Antique Show and Sale on June 25th. It was a perfectly beautiful day and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm was a lovely setting for an outdoor show featuring many wonderful antiques. It was great seeing and visiting with the many Vermont and VADA members set up at the show. There was a good early crowd and people were still coming in as we were leaving. People were buying and the dealers I spoke with were having a good show. Good start to the show season!
The flyers for the Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association Directory are ready for distribution. Look for them at antique centers and shops throughout the state. They can also be found at highway rest areas. If you would like some for your shop, contact Brian Bittner at www.bittnerantiques.com or call him at 802-272-7527.
As always, I welcome hearing from you with news of your shop, shows, etc. Please email me at email@example.com
Brimfield week started off rainy and cold and ended pretty much the same but there were lots of smiles from happy dealers in spite of the weather. The Vermont tent dealers reported good sales so all ended well. Looking forward to the next Brimfield!
Now for the good news/bad news: First the good news—Lucinda Seward is fine, last seen at the VADA spring meeting looking as pretty as ever now that the bruising is fading! The bad news for those who don’t know the story, Lucinda and Mike were set up at Brimfield and for a short getaway Lucinda borrowed a bike and went for a ride on Route 20. She hit a pothole and ended up face to face with the side mirror of an oncoming car. She was taken to the hospital and treated. She was badly bruised and had a half dozen stitches in her chin but she was very lucky in that she didn’t break any bones or any teeth nor did she suffer a concussion. We’re all very happy and thankful that this Brimfield story had a happy ending!
The VADA spring meeting was held on May 23rd at the Middlebury Inn. A fun and interesting program of show and tell followed lunch. Everyone was encouraged to bring an item from either their own collection or inventory that was of special interest to them and share it with the group. Many dealers brought things to share, among them were Mary Fraser who brought a beautifully worked Canterbury sampler on homespun dated 1823. She and Bob bought it many years ago and it has remained in her collection. Mike Seward brought two lovely Victorian woolwork birds. They had waxed beaks and metal legs and had originally been part of a larger display under a glass dome. The sewing was exquisite. Jeff and Holly Noordsy shared one of the first antiques they bought about 25 years ago—a tin watchman’s lantern with an unusual sunburst for emitting light from within. It was from the 1800’s. I’m sure everyone enjoyed this as much as I did. Thank you all for sharing your finds with us. The next meeting will be November 14th at the Middlebury Inn. The board of directors meeting will be at 9:30; show committee meeting will be at 10:30; and general meeting will be at 11:30. Reminders will be sent out closer to the time.
If you’re not already a member of VADA perhaps now is the time for you to consider joining. There are many benefits in addition to being part of a great group of dealers who actually also have fun at the meetings! Two important benefits are having your business listed for free in the newly designed flyer and on the VADA website. Members also enjoy the benefit of having the opportunity to participate in the yearly Vermont Antique Dealers’ Show. If you are interested in joining and getting better acquainted with your fellow dealers contact Jeff Noordsy, Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new flyers will be out in a few weeks.
While on the subject of the Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association, I thought it would be fun to periodically feature one of our members in the newsletter. This month our dealer is Rita Masso and her husband Louis from South Burlington. They have been buying and selling antiques since 1971. Rita’s dad was the inspiration for their interest in antiques--he gave them an Eastlake Victorian parlor set as a wedding present. While it inspired Rita and Louis to pursue their interest in antiques, the parlor set was so uncomfortable that they soon sold it! She and Louis had a shop, New England Shop Antiques, for many years on Route 7 in Charlotte. They sell Early American antiques. Now that they no longer have a shop, you can find them at the Vermont Antique Dealers’ Show and various other shows. Thank you both for agreeing to be my first profile!
The Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association Show and Sale this July is going to be another great show. As a reminder, this year’s show has a few changes from previous years. The new venue is Stratton Mountain Base Lodge. The days and times have also changed—this year’s show will be Friday, July 21st from 12 noon to 8 pm and Saturday, July 22nd from 9 am to 2 pm.
The Waterbury Flea Market, 2201 Bolton Road, opened for the season on April 29th. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday, April 29th through October 29th. The hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flea markets are always fun because you never know what treasure you may (or may not!) find.
Vesta K. Urband
The VADA show committee met in April and plans are shaping up for another great show on July 21st and 22nd—the 43rd Vermont Antique Dealers Association Show and Sale. There will be about 40 dealers offering a wide range of fresh-to-the-market antiques. There are a number of changes to the show this year, starting with the venue: this year’s show is at Stratton Mountain Base Lodge; the days of the show have also changed: this year’s show is Friday and Saturday-- Friday, 12 noon to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 2pm. Admission is $10.00. Food will be available in the restaurant on the second floor. This year’s show will be one not to miss!
We’d like to welcome our new VADA members Mark and Sandy Keily, Mark Keily Fine Arts, from Dayton, Ohio. Mark and Sandy specialize in American Period furniture and American folk art and paintings. Theirs is a family business also involving their daughter, Jennifer. We look forward to meeting them all in July at Stratton Mountain where they will be participating in their first VADA show.
Gail Laird of Halliday House, Napa, California has been a VADA member for many years. Halliday House is having a Barn Day Celebration on Saturday, June 3rd, 12 noon to 4pm. For those lucky enough to be able to attend, there will be refreshments served under the redwoods with lovely views of the vineyards. As if that weren’t enough, there will also be many wonderful antiques to buy. For a peek at what will be on offer, check out their website www.hallidayhouse.com or their shop on www.digantiques.com.
VADA members Steve Thomas and Deborah Bassett have exciting news about the opening of their new shop/gallery, Steven Thomas, Inc., in White River Junction at 85 Gates Street. Deborah and Steve specialize in jewelry, silver, prints, woodblock prints and other works on paper as well as paintings and sculpture. Steve and Deborah participate in a number of shows in addition to the VADA show. The shop will open sometime around mid-May; tentative hours are 11am to 5pm, Thursday through Saturday. A call ahead is advised: 802-457-1764 or 802-291-3764 (cell). Website: www.woodblock-prints.com.
Barb Johnson, Pewter and Wood Antiques, has posted her final numbers for the 11th Annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Auction she runs every year. This year’s auction brought in $11,200! Congratulations Barb and thank you for all you do for this very worthy cause. Also thank you to all those who helped Barb by their donations and purchases.
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Janice Goodwin’s husband, Gordie, in April. Janice and Gordie had a shop in Johnson, the Victorian House, for many years. After moving to Middlebury, they did antique shows together for many years. Our condolences to Janice and her family.
The VADA annual meeting/luncheon will be May 23rd at the Middlebury Inn. The board meeting is at 9:30, the VADA show committee meeting at 10:30, and the annual meeting of all members at 11:30. If you would like to attend, send $20 to Brian Bittner, 61 Front Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Make checks out to Vermont ADA. Hope to see you there!
Remember to keep me in mind if you have news that you would like to share with our members.
Vesta Urband, email@example.com
Dare I say Happy Spring??!! The calendar says that spring has arrived but one wouldn’t think so looking out the window at all the snow still on the ground in some places! We in the Northeast were hit with winter storm Stella for two days in mid-March, blanketing our area with 20 or more inches of snow. Luckily for show goers during the weekend of March 18-19, the weather improved giving us sunshine and warmer temperatures. This ensured a good turnout for both the Schoharie and West Lebanon antique shows. Vermont dealers who did these shows reported good sales. Then the weekend of March 31-April 1, more snow! The dealers who did the show in Woodsville, New Hampshire reported having a good crowd and sales in spite of the inclement weather.
News from Brian Bittner, our President: “Antique Trail” (www.antiquetrail.com) which prints 50k+ brochures every year has offered VADA members a special opportunity to join. They will build you a website and help with marketing etc. Membership is usually $300 a year but if 5 VADA members join by next Tuesday, April 11th, the cost will be reduced to $200 this year and every year thereafter. Chris McNulty of Stone House, Chester and David Booth of Five Corners, Essex Junction are both members and would be very happy to answer any questions you have. If interested, contact Lori Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Sorry for such late notice, but it took a while to come to this agreement.
We are very lucky to have many fine museums here in Vermont. Many of them are open year round. In addition to the wonderful Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, we have the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburg, Billings Farm in Woodstock, the Bennington Museum in Bennington, the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury. This month I’d like to introduce you to the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury.
The Henry Sheldon has in addition to the museum collections, a museum shop and a beautiful garden to enjoy. In 1882, Henry Luther Sheldon chartered the Sheldon Art Museum, Archaeological and Historical Society in the brick house known as the Judd-Harris House on Park Street, site of the current museum. Sheldon’s museum was located on the top two floors and the bottom floor was a residence. The museum had its ups and downs and in the 1930’s, the task was undertaken to begin its journey to becoming one of the best history museums in New England. It is the oldest community museum in the United States. In the museum you will find a wealth of information about the settlement of Addison County as well as its industries, natural resources, and its residents. All of this can be found in the collections of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, household objects, clothing, and personal artifacts such as photographs and written records. The museum also has a Research Center. In addition, the museum hosts changing exhibits in the Walter Cerf Gallery. Currently there is an exhibition featuring five photographers from the Middlebury area. The exhibition is on view from March 7th through May 13th. The five photographers have used items from the collections and interpreted them from a variety of perspectives. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and in the summer, Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. The Research Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 pm to 5 pm.
There’s great news for all dealers and show goers wondering what they were going to do on Sunday of Vermont Antiques Week—Kris Johnson of Tex Johnson and Son Antiques, Adamstown, Pennsylvania and Steve Sherhag of Early American Antiques, Canfield, Ohio are planning a new show called The Vermont Pickers Market. It will be replacing Antiques in Vermont which was held at Riley Rink in Manchester. It too will be a one day show, Sunday, October 1st, 10 am to 4 pm. It will be held at Okemo Base Lodge in Ludlow, but the location may change if a larger venue can be found. Stay tuned for more information.
It’s maple sugar time in Vermont and honoring this tradition is the 51st Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show in St. Albans. Plan on attending it Saturday, April 29th, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 30th, 10 am to 4 pm. The show is held at St. Albans Educational Center and admission is free. Dennis Chrin of Partridge Hollow Antiques is the promoter. It’s always a good show and there are many fun festivities in town as well, such as a pancake breakfast, carnival, and craft and food tents. Something for the whole family!
There’s a new shop in Mendon on Route 4—The Popular Pioneer. Mike Bishop is the shopkeeper and has a great mix of antiques, primitives, and folk art. Mike is very enthusiastic about the business which is catching! The shop is open Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. A call ahead is advised: 802-772-4459.
VADA members, mark your calendars to attend the VADA meeting on May 23rd at the Middlebury Inn. I’ll remind you again next month! Also, if you haven’t paid your dues, please plan on doing so. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, contact Brian Bittner at email@example.com . If you have questions about the VADA show at Stratton Mountain in July contact Greg Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Until next month, enjoy the warmer temperatures and don’t give up hope that spring will actually come and stay!
Vesta Urband, email@example.com
March VADA News
The Cabin Fever show celebrated its 40th year with another successful show. The weather was beautiful and it brought out the shoppers! The dealers I spoke with reported good sales and I was told that much furniture was sold—yeah! Trish Koptiuch, one of VADA’s newest members, set up for her first show with Andy Gardiner.
March looks as if it will be a busy month. Two shows are coming up: Antiques in Schoharie in Schoharie, New York on March 18th and 19th and the Lebanon Antiques Show and Sale in West Lebanon, New Hampshire on March 19th. Look for many VADA dealers at both shows.
Many of our dealers are on the road in March to other shows. Rick Fuller is headed out to Illinois for the Country Spirit show March 3rd and 4th and will be at the Country Antique Show in Danielson, Connecticut on April 1st. Tommy Thompson and Bonnie and Dave Ferris will also be in Danielson. Janice Goodwin, Jean Tudhope, and George Johnson will be doing the Woodsville Antique Show at the high school in Woodsville, New Hampshire on April 1st.
Don’t forget to visit Pewter and Wood’s websitewww.pewterandwoodantiques.com to bid on an item in the Alzheimer’s Silent Auction beginning March 10th. The auction is on March 18th. It’s a very worthy and important cause—let’s help Barb achieve her goal of $12,000 this year!
According to Greg, contracts for the VADA show at Stratton Mountain in July will be mailed out soon.
Debbie and Jonathan Lang informed us that Lang Farm in Essex closed at the end of February.
We were happy to learn from Linda Brown of The Cargill Collection that her husband David Brown is recovering from the heart attack he had. We missed him at the Cabin Fever show.
Dick Vandell of American Decorative Arts in Canaan, New Hampshire is not well and we wish him a speedy recovery.
We were sad to learn that Jack Winner of Newfane, Vermont died unexpectedly on February 5th. Jack ran a successful shop, Jack Winner Antiques, for many years. Our condolences to his family.
Take a look at our website www.vermontada.com for information about VADA and to find a dealer or like us on Facebook.
Happy antiquing and remember, spring will be here before we know it! Meanwhile, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
VADA Newsletter February 2017
January is a quiet month—a time to recuperate from all the excesses of the holiday season and to take stock, not only of the past year but of what we have as inventory for sale! The 2017 show season is beginning and we are always out looking for new inventory by attending auctions, antique shows, and flea markets; visiting antique shops and antique centers; and going on house calls and to yard and house sales. One never knows what may turn up and the best part of it is the thrill of the hunt!
Show managers are also busy getting ready for the year’s upcoming shows. The first show of the season in Vermont is the 40th annual Cabin Fever Show on Saturday, February 18th, 10am to 4pm at the Mid-Vermont Christian School in Quechee, Vermont. It’s sure to be a great show so mark your calendars!
Other upcoming shows are the Lebanon Antique Show and Sale on Sunday, March 19th, 10am to 3pm in West Lebanon, New Hampshire at the Fireside Inn and Suites. Antiques in Schoharie with over 100 dealers is on Saturday, March 18th, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, March 19th, 11am to 4pm at the Schoharie Central School in Schoharie, New York. Both of these shows include a number of VADA members in their dealer lists.
The Montpelier Antiques Market runs Februrary 12th and every other Sunday through April 9th , 8am to 1pm. It is held at the Canadian Club, 414 East Montpelier Road, Route 14, Barre, Vermont. Visit www.montpelierantiquesmarket.com/
The VADA show committee met January 10th and according to show manager, Greg Hamilton, the 42nd annual VADA show will have a new venue and new dates. VADA is looking forward to the show moving from Woodstock to Stratton Mountain Base Lodge. The show opens at noon on Friday, July 21st and continues on Saturday, July 22nd , 10am to 4pm. This year’s show will be better than ever with more than 50 dealers bringing a wide variety of antiques. The new venue allows for more variety in booth space and rentals. For more information, contact Greg Hamilton at 802-989-1158 or 802-877-3359 or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of VADA members have booth space at the Antiques Market Place in Lake George, New York. It is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with an open house and sale on February 18th and 19th, 10am to 5pm. I’m told that refreshments will be bountiful.
Many Vermont antique centers have dealer or special sale days or open houses throughout the year. Stone House Antiques Center in Chester has a dealer day on the first Tuesday of every month with special discounts throughout the shop. Middlebury Antique Center has a special sale day on the second Tuesday of every month with 10 to 30% discounts throughout the shop. Five Corners Antiques in Essex Junction holds an open house at various times throughout the year. For more information, call the shops (the phone numbers can be found on the VADA website: www.vermontada.com).
Barb Johnson is back in Arizona for the winter and busy preparing for the 11th Annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Silent Auction at Cave Creek, Arizona on Saturday, March 18th. For those unable to attend, information and auction items are posted on her website www.pewterandwoodantiques.com in the Alzheimer’s Auction Catalogue beginning March 10th. Last year the auction brought in $10,075; this year’s goal is $12,000! All items for auction are donated and donations and purchases are tax deductible, so not only can you find a great antique, but you can also benefit a very worthy cause! So take a look at Barb’s website and bid, bid!
VADA always welcomes new members so perhaps now is the time to consider joining. For more information, go to our website www.vermontada.com or contact Jeff Noordsy, Vice President, Membership at email@example.com.
Dues notices were sent out to VADA members on December 14, 2016. If you haven’t received a notice from Brian, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, be sure to add him to your email contact list. If you haven’t filled out the online form as requested in the dues notice, please do so for the website listings in the online VADA directory and the upcoming new flyer. If you have questions about the form, contact Brian.
The newsletter is for all VADA members so if you have news that you would like to share about something happening in your area, shop, or center please contact me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.