Saturday, February 17th was a beautiful day for the 41st annual Cabin Fever in Quechee, Vermont. The weather couldn’t have been nicer, in spite of the snow the night before. Dealers who did the show reported good sales and a good crowd. I also have it on good authority that the food offered by the caterers was excellent.
April 22nd brings us the Lebanon Antiques Show and Sale at the Fireside Inn and Suites in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. The show will feature 28 exhibitors from all over New England offering a great variety of antiques. The hours are 10am to 3pm and admission is $6.00.
Mark your calendars for the 52nd Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show coming up in St. Albans on April 28th and 29th. The show opens on Saturday, 10am to 5pm and continues Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. The show is at the St. Albans Town Educational Center, 169 South Main Street, St. Albans. The Maple Festival show features a great variety of antiques, including country, primitives, folk art, silver, chocolate molds, and fishing and hunting items. It is part of a city-wide event celebrating Vermont’s maple syrup harvest. The Vermont Maple Festival is a non-profit group whose objectives are to contribute to the educational and promotional aspects of the maple industry. There are festivities throughout the town and fun for the whole family.
It’s always interesting to me to learn the paths that people have taken to becoming dealers. Celine Blais (Celine Blais Antiques) and George Johnson (George B. Johnson Antiques) had very different careers before getting into the antiques business. Celine was a radiology technician for 39 years and George was a teacher for 35 years. George’s interest in antiques was piqued when he took some items he inherited to an adult education class at a local school in hopes of learning something about them. He was fascinated by what he learned and started going to local shows and buying a few things of interest. You can guess what happened next—he started doing shows in the summer, adding more shows along the way and became a full-time dealer in 1977. Celine’s interest in antiques came when she married George. They do a number of shows in Vermont and other New England states, as well as New York and Pennsylvania. While George concentrates on only doing shows, Celine has booth space in a group shop in downtown Montpelier. They both deal primarily in country items. George still has the first antique he bought—a cherry dovetailed knife tray with canted sides. They like the antiques business for the relationships they have formed over the years and the interesting encounters with people from all over. George relates a story that happened a few years ago when a man came into his booth and saw his booth sign: he said “George?” He was a fraternity brother he had not seen in almost 50 years! I guess George has not changed much in these 50 some years! George is very active in the Vermont Antique Dealer’s Association and is currently serving on the Executive Board and the Show Committee for the Vermont Antique Dealer’s show that takes place during Vermont Week. Celine and George are both hopeful for the future of shows and the antiques business feeling that at some point people might once again value the more personal experience of being able to see and actually handle what they are buying in addition to buying online. Online buying is here to stay but there is still a need for shows and shops where objects can be seen and touched and questions asked and answered.
I look forward to hearing from members with news of what is happening in your shops and shows and other news that you would like to share with your fellow dealers.
Vesta Urband email@example.com
February 2018 VADA Newsletter
The big news from Vermont this month is the snow! This has been quite a winter—more like the old-fashioned winters we have only had memories of for many years.
Hopefully everyone will get to the Cabin Fever Antiques Show, Saturday, February 17th in Quechee, as I’m sure we all have been experiencing a bit of “cabin fever”! The show is at the Christian School, 399 West Gilson Avenue, Quechee. Admission is $10 and the show is open 10am-4pm. It’s always a great little show.
Upcoming on March 17th and 18th is the Spring Antiques in Schoharie Show in Schoharie, New York.
The show is held at the Schoharie Central School, 136 Academy Drive; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm. The show features a great variety of antiques from more than 100 dealers. Many VADA dealers set up at this show.
If you haven’t made it to Montpelier for the Sunday Antiques Market, it’s not too late to do so. The remaining shows are February 11th and 25th, March 11th and 25th, and April 8th. The Market is open from 8am-1pm. The Market is held at the Canadian Club, 414 East Montpelier Road, Route 14, Montpelier.
Barbara Johnson is once again holding a benefit auction for the Alzheimer’s Association. The goal is to raise $15,000 for Alzheimer’s Research. The items up for auction will be posted on March 10th on Barb’s website www.pewterandwoodantiques.com as well as instructions for bidding by email or phone. All phone bidding must be done no later than 1:29 mountain time on March 17th. Emailed bids must be received no later than March 16th. Email bids to firstname.lastname@example.org All checks are to be made payable to Alzheimer’s Association DSW. Payment is due at the end of the auction and should be mailed to Pewter & Wood, PO Box 4066, Cave Creek, AZ 85327. Shipping can be arranged through Pewter & Wood. There are no taxes or fees, just postage reimbursement to Pewter & Wood. All auction items have been donated and donations are still being accepted until February 26th. Donations are tax deductible. If you have questions, please contact Barb by email or phone 602-677- 5686. We wish Barb great success in this, her last year for the Benefit Auction. Take a look at the auction and bid to help a very worthy cause!
Good news—I recently heard from Michael Pheffer and he is doing very well in his recovery and hopes to be at Brimfield this spring! Take care Michael and see you soon.
Hopefully you have all sent in your dues to VADA for 2018. They were due on January 15th. If you
haven’t sent them in, please do so or you will soon be hearing from Jean Tudhope.
Stay warm and enjoy the rest of the winter—take heart, spring is not that far away!
Happy New Year! It has certainly been a very cold holiday season—feels like an old-fashioned Vermont winter at last! Hope everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to a great new year.
The dates for Vermont Week 2018 are September 26-September 30. Shows are held in Weston, Ludlow, and Stratton. There have been some changes in the shows for this year: the Vermont Antique Dealer’s Show has taken over what was the Antiques at Stratton Mountain Show and has a new manager, Lori Scotnicki. Contact Lori for information at 802-318-1619 or email email@example.com. The Ludlow Antique Show and Sale also has new managers, Kris Johnson and Steve Sherhag.
The Cabin Fever Antiques Show is on Saturday, February 17th, 10 am-4pm at the Mid-Vermont Christian School, 399 West Gilson Avenue, Quechee, Vermont. The show features antiques from 30 dealers and admission is $10. It’s always a great show so mark your calendars. The new manager of the show is Lori Scotnicki. For information contact her at 802-318-1619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cabinfeverantiqueshow.com
Our featured dealers this month are associate VADA members from New York state—Pat and Bob Martin of Home Farm Antiques. Pat and Bob have been selling antiques since the late 1980’s but were collectors long before that—until they, like so many of us, had to start selling in order to find room for all the new purchases! Pat’s collecting passion at the moment is stick figure wooly lambs, bottle brush trees, and early sewing; Bob likes military items and antique guns. Prior to becoming dealers, Pat taught school and wrote children’s books; Bob was in hotel management. As Pat puts it, they retired from employment that actually paid them and gave them benefits in order to work harder and put in longer hours doing something they really love. They have been VADA members for many years, participating in many shows in Vermont and New York as well. They not only do shows but are also in a multi-dealer shop, Antiques Market Place on Route 149 in Lake George. In addition, Home Farm Antiques has a website www.homefarmantiques.com and also has shops on Ruby Lane and DIG Antiques. They deal primarily in early Americana country and primitives, folk art, early fine jewelry, and 18th and 19th century sewing items. Both Pat and Bob are enthusiastic about the future of antiques and the antiques trade, feeling that people may be tiring of the lack of personal interaction with people and with what they are buying in online trading and thus hoping this will bring more people into antique shops. Pat says that she sees more young people coming into the shop these days and while they may not buy a lot or know much about antiques, they are buying what they can afford and what is familiar to them—usually fun, vintage, mass-market collectibles. I think that many of us started out this way and gradually refined our tastes and interests. As Pat so aptly said “vintage links to memories and earlier pieces of history enhance the present and are capable of enriching the future”, so hopefully some of these young people will be the dealers and customers of the future.
Dues letters for VADA members were sent out on December 27th. Please send your dues in by January 15th to Judd Gregory, PO Box 65, Dorset, VT 05251. If you did not receive a letter or would like to join the Vermont Antique Dealer’s Association, please contact Brian Bittner at email@example.com or Jeff Noordsy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were sorry to hear that Michael Pheffer of Two Sides of the River Antiques in New London, New Hampshire had a serious health emergency in November. Happily, he is recovering at home and we look forward to seeing him fully recovered soon. All of us at VADA send Michael our best get-well wishes.
As always, I am happy to hear from you with news of your shop, shows, and antiquing adventures. Wishing you all a Happy 2018!
Vesta K. Urband
December 2017 Newsletter
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association met at the Middlebury Inn on November 14th. Vermont Week for 2018 was discussed and as of yet, definite dates have not been finalized; however the shows will be in late September/early October as usual. The Antiques at Stratton Mountain show managed by Greg Hamilton will now become the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Show and join Vermont Week. The VADA show has previously been held in July. In other show news, the Ludlow Antique Show and Sale will now be managed by Kris Johnson and Steve Sherhag. VADA welcomed a new member, Herbert Barup, whose business Hogback Vintage is located in Johnson, Vermont, 260 Langdell Farm Road; telephone 802-644-5647. His large barn is full of early American furniture and other Americana. Following the business meeting and lunch there was a “show and tell”. A number of people brought things to share: among them was Jean Tudhope who brought an interesting brass button which was a topsy-turvy; Holly and Jeff Noordsy brought a redware bottle (c1815) with an unusual form and glaze and was from a local Middlebury potter, Caleb Farrar. Another item with a Middlebury provenance was brought in by Andy Gardiner—a small, sweet portrait (1817) of a young girl from Middlebury.
Dues letters for VADA membership will be sent out shortly and must be returned by February 15th in order to ensure being included in the Directory brochure and on the website Directory. Associate VADA members will be included in the reprint of the Directory brochure. If you would like to join VADA, contact Brian Bittner (email@example.com) or Jeff Noordsy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Greg and Mary Beth Hamilton have opened another shop, Stone Block Art Gallery, in Vergennes, 10 Green Street. It’s just up the street and around the corner from Stone Block Antiques. The shop will feature estate art from local artists including, but not limited to, Lois Foley, Mitzi Goward, and Arthur Healy as well as decorative furniture and accessories. Winter hours: 11:30-4:00, Saturday and Sunday; telephone: 802-989-1158. It’s a great space for viewing art—stop by and have a look. We wish Mary Beth and Greg luck in their new venture.
As promised, from time to time we will profile a VADA member in the newsletter. This month, Lucinda Seward is our featured dealer. Lucinda is a partner in Michael and Lucinda Seward Antiques. Lucinda’s background is in fine art and she sold her watercolor still lifes while working part time as a veterinary technician. What prompted her to become a dealer? In her free time she shopped for props for her still lifes at flea markets. Eventually her prop collection got out of hand so she decided to set up at Brimfield--she made $700 and from then on she was hooked and another dealer was born! She and Mike are very active doing many shows throughout New England. Lucinda has a space in Thos. Bartlett Antiques and Oddments in Chichester, New Hampshire, and Mike has spaces in Stone House Antiques Center in Chester and in the Cambridge Antique Center in Cambridge, New York. Lucinda’s specialty is American textiles, hooked rugs, samplers, quilts, and small cloth sewing items. She has more recently begun to focus on folk art, especially school girl art. I asked Lucinda if there was anything in particular that she collects and she said that like so many other dealers, she and Mike have their share of broken furniture, mistakes, and things they bought that they couldn’t sell! Sound familiar??
We were very sorry to hear that Howard Graff of Townshend, Vermont died on October 22. Howard had a shop, Colt Barn Antiques, for many years and did many shows. He was very active in VADA and was always one of the first to greet everyone who came through the door of an antique show. Howard had been ill for quite some time and will be missed at the many shows in which he participated. Our condolences to his family and friends.
VADA wishes everyone a happy holiday season and all the best in the New Year, 2018!
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