August 2019 VADA News
I hope that everyone has had a great summer and enjoyed some antiquing on the way! Lots of great shows coming up this month and throughout the fall.
By now many will have shopped the wonderful New Hampshire Week shows and gone home with many treasures. Looking forward to October, there is Vermont Antiques Week, October 3rd through the 6th, featuring 5 great shows in one weekend with dealers from all over the country exhibiting quality antiques!
The 15th Annual Norwich Antiques Show is on September 14th from 10am to 3pm. It is held on the beautiful grounds of the Norwich Historical Society at the corner of Elm and Main Streets in Norwich, Vermont. All proceeds go to the Historical Society. It’s a wonderful show featuring dealers from all over New England and New York offering formal to country furniture and accessories. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under admitted free. Informal, Antiques Roadshow-style appraisals will be offered in the afternoon. In addition, there will be delicious food on offer as well as live music throughout the day.
VADA welcomes another museum as a member—the Sullivan Museum and History Center at Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont.
OUT-OF-STATE dealers please note that the Vermont State Tax Department has issued a directive that all out-of-state dealers shopping in Vermont must have or obtain a sales tax number in order to be exempt from paying Vermont sales tax on purchases. Please go to https://www.myvtax.vermont.gov/_/ and submit the required information.
Many already know Pam and Steve Regan of Nutting House Antiques, New Paltz, New York, but for those who don’t, I’ll introduce them as the featured dealers of this month. Pam and Steve have each been in the antiques business for over 40 years, the last 14 together. Their shop, Nutting House Antiques, is located at 199 Plains Road, New Paltz, New York. They have a website www.nuttinghouse.com and do about 5 shows a year. The shop is only open by appointment, 845-255-2050, 802-779-2609; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam and her late husband, David, had a shop in Brandon, Vermont for many years, and Pam continued to do shows after his death. It was at one of these shows, the Rhinebeck Antique Show, that Pam met Steve. Pam’s daughter, Sara, was helping to set up and she introduced Pam and Steve after first asking him if he was married or if he had a girlfriend. When he said “no”, she then proceeded to ask him if he would like to meet her mother! Shortly after, Pam and Steve met again, and the rest is history! Who EVER said shows aren’t fun and full of surprise treasures??!!
Pam is a special education teacher as well as a hooked rug restorer. She also professionally mounts hooked rugs and other textiles. Steve has been involved in the auction business for many years as well as being an antiques dealer. They both love the antiques business. They see themselves as custodians of the things they sell and enjoy meeting and getting to knowing the people they sell to from all over the country. They specialize in country Americana, folk art, garden ornaments, hooked rugs, and whatever strikes them as interesting or unusual. For their own collections, they like painted country furniture and accessories and of course, hooked rugs and textiles.
Be sure to look for them at the Antiques at Stratton Mountain Show, Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th .
Please contact me if you have news of your business or shop events. Happy antiquing!
Vesta Urband email@example.com
July 2019 VADA News
Summer weather has finally arrived and it’s time to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor antiques shows!
I was recently up in Maine for the Wells Antiques Show and Sale— a great show in a lovely setting. The weather was beautiful for most of the day. There was a good crowd and what appeared to be many happy buyers and dealers. Quite a few Vermont dealers were exhibiting and all those I spoke to were having a good show.
If you’re going to Brimfield in July, be sure to visit the dealers in the Vermont Tent in Green Acres Field.
New Hampshire is hosting two shows in July-- the 44th Annual Fitzwilliam Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale on the Commons on July 20th; and on July 27th, the 52nd Annual New London Garden Club Antiques Show and Sale on the New London Town Green. Plan to attend and visit with the many Vermont dealers among those exhibiting. Both shows are open from 9am to 3pm.
The Waterbury Flea Market is open every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, now through October 28th , 7am to 4pm. It is located at Farr’s Field, 1901 US Route 2 West, Waterbury.
It’s not too early to start making plans to attend the 5 shows of Vermont Antiques Week, October 3rd through the 6th! Autumn is a lovely time to visit Vermont and antique while enjoying the fall foliage. If you would like to know more about all the shows, visit www.vermontantiquesweek.com. There you will find all you need to know about the 5 shows as well as information about the area including lodging, restaurants, and local attractions.
Enjoy your summer and have fun antiquing!
Vesta Urband firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2019 VADA News
Good crowds and good sales at Brimfield amounted to a successful show for dealers in spite of the rain and mud on opening day. After all, as they say, “that’s Brimfield”! Hopefully this bodes well for the upcoming antiquing season for both sellers and buyers.
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association held its annual meeting at the Middlebury Inn on May 28th. We’d like to welcome three new members: Michael Pheffer, Two Sides of a River Antiques, New London, New Hampshire, 18th through early 20th century furniture, folk art, stoneware, primitives, and appropriate country smalls; Toni and Jim Stoma, Latcham House Antiques, Waterville, Ohio, 18th and 19th century furniture, textiles, folk art, lighting, and related accessories; and Gregory Lovell, Gregory Lovell Antiques, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, 18th and 19th century English porcelain, transferware, Staffordshire, pearlware, and other interesting ceramics.
VADA always welcomes new members—for information on membership, contact Jeff Noordsy at email@example.com. Our mission is to promote the antiques business in Vermont and that of our member dealers.
As noted in last month’s news, Brian Bittner will step down as president in the fall. We thank Brian for serving as president of the association and for the work he has done while president, including redesigning the website and dealer directory, as well as setting up and maintaining the VADA Facebook page. Kyle Scanlon and Trisha Koptiuch will share the responsibilities of president. Kyle and Amie Scanlon have been conducting estate sales for about nine years through their company K. C. Scanlon: Estate and Consignment Sales, Essex, Vermont. Kyle’s grandparents were among the founders of VADA so Kyle comes by his love of antiques quite naturally—his first antique purchase was a 10 foot sailfish at auction when he was 9 years old! Kyle also exhibits at a number of antiques shows during the year. Trisha Koptiuch, Osgood Hill Antiques, Essex Junction, Vermont, deals in 19th and 20th century artwork and 19th century furnishings, pottery, and silver. Trisha can be found at one of the many antiques shows she does, including Brimfield and the VADA show at Stratton Mountain.
The show committee for Antiques at Stratton Mountain/The Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association Show also met. If you are interested in information about the show, contact Lori Scotnicki at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb Johnson, Pewter and Woods Antiques and Tom Baker, Baker and Co. are having their annual Spring Open House and Sale at the Lake event on Wednesday, June 12th, 9am to 3:30pm. Barb and Tom have been saving their new finds for the sale in addition to offering some reduced prices on some old finds! The address is 51 Algonquin Road, Enfield, New Hampshire. For more information contact Tom at 831-818-8809. There are always lots of delicious refreshments too!
Contracts for the 15th Annual Norwich Antiques Show have been sent out. The show will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 10am to 3pm on the grounds of the Norwich Historical Society, corner of Elm and Main Streets, Norwich, Vermont. This event is one of just a few remaining volunteer run shows with all proceeds going to the Norwich Historical Society. Admission to the show is $5. For more information contact Gail Torkelson at 802-649-1787 or at email@example.com. It’s a wonderful little show in a beautiful setting.
The 57th Islands Antique Show and Sale in South Hero, Vermont is Friday, July 12th and Saturday July 13th. Hours are Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. There will be 21 dealers exhibiting and appraisals by Rene Vallee for $5 per item on Saturday, 10am to 12pm. The show is held at the Folsom Education and Community Center, 75 South Street, South Hero. Admission is $3 donation to C.I.D.E.R. (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources, Inc). All proceeds help to support C.I.D.E.R. to provide resources and assistance for older adults and persons with disabilities who live in the five rural towns of Grand Isle County.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Justin Cobb, III who died on April 21th. Upon retirement, Justin turned his lifelong love of the sea and a fascination with history into his business, Captain’s Quarters Antiques which specialized in maritime art and folk art. He was a familiar face at antiques shows throughout New England.
Wishing everyone a great summer and lots of antiquing!
Vesta Urband firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2019 VADA News
The Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show in St. Albans on April 27th and 28th was well attended with good sales reported by dealers. It’s a great little show and if you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s show.
This month’s featured dealer is Gary Briggs from Lunenburg. Gary says he has antiques in his DNA! His mother is a dealer and has had an antiques shop in her home for the past 50 years. Gary went to his first auction at age 7 where he bought a small bamboo stand for 25 cents and sold it years later--after it had appreciated in value for more than his initial investment of 25 cents! Gary has a shop in Lunenburg, Twin Oak Antiques, and also has space at Thos. Bartlett Antiques in Chichester, New Hampshire as well as a Facebook business page www.facebook.com/twinoakantiques. In addition, he does a handful of shows every year including the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association show, Antiques at Stratton Mountain, and the Woodsville Antiques Show, Woodsville, New Hampshire.
Gary is also the co-owner of Aunt Sadie’s Candles in Lunenburg. The candles are sold in retail stores and through catalogs throughout the US and Canada. www.auntsadiescandlesonline.com.
Every dealer has at least one funny story to relate and Gary’s might sound familiar in that it chronicles the path many of our sales take from dealer to dealer. In 2015 he bought a box lot of vintage clothing and included was a box of 15 vintage bathing caps from the 50’s in their original packaging. The caps had big flowers and were in wonderful vibrant colors. Think Esther Williams for those old enough to remember her! Gary carefully removed them from their packaging and displayed each one on a plain white Styrofoam head. He took them to the Woodsville show and sold them during set up to another dealer but asked if he could keep them in his booth as they were so eye catching. The dealer wanted to sell the bathing caps so they were repriced. The show opened at 10am and within ten minutes the caps were resold to another dealer who also let Gary keep them in his booth, repriced once again. They were then resold at around 2pm to a dealer who took them to the textile show in Sturbridge before Brimfield opening where they sold to a New York decorator. Who knows where they are today???!!! Great story!
Gary loves what he does and has fun doing it. Discovering the history of what he sells and the people he meets at shows and in his shop is his favorite part of being a dealer. Like many of us, he is a collector. Some of the things he likes to collect are Adirondack cabin and camp antiques and one-of-a-kind “oddities”, folk art, early wooden signs, and Lunenburg and Old Man in the Mountain memorabilia.
Don’t forget to attend the VADA annual meeting and luncheon on May 28th at the Middlebury Inn. You can pay for the luncheon at the meeting but please let Brian know if you do plan on attending email@example.com . If you’d like to pay in advance, please send a check for $20 to Judd Gregory, PO Box 65, Dorset, VT 05251. There will be a meet and greet at 11:30 followed by lunch and a general meeting and a “Show and Tell” with an option to sell/buy so please bring something to share with the membership. Dues were due in January—if you haven’t paid them, please do so as soon as possible in order to be included in the Directory and listed on the website. Mail your dues to Judd Gregory. We urge all members to attend the annual meeting if possible as this is your association and best functions if all the membership participates.
I am including an email that Brian sent to me.
Dear VADA Member,
I am writing to let you know of my plans to resign as President of VADA later this year. I have enjoyed filling this role and plan to continue to serve on the board. I no longer have the time to devote to this position that it deserves.
I informed the rest of the board of this decision at the end of 2018. As of yet no one has volunteered to fill the position. I am hopeful that one of you may consider. The ideal candidate would have an interest in directing the association through the next 2-3 years and availability of time and energy.
Please let me or another board member know if you are interested. And please plan on attending our Annual Meeting at the Middlebury Inn Tuesday May 28th, 2019.
We are also always looking for more involvement on any level. If you would like to consider a position on our board or a subcommittee, please let us know.
Have a great spring!
Vesta Urband firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2019 VADA News
Spring has yet to make an appearance in Vermont! The only sign that spring is coming is that maple sugaring has begun, but even that has been delayed because of all the snow and cold weather.
The 53rd Vermont Maple Festival is April 26th through the 28th in St. Albans. There are many festivities throughout the town and fun for the whole family. Also included as part of the city-wide event celebrating Vermont’s maple syrup harvest is the Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show, also in its 53rd year. The show opens on Saturday the 28th, 10am to 5pm and continues Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. The antiques show features a great variety of antiques, including country, primitives, folk art, sporting antiques, and chocolate molds and silver items. The show is at the St. Albans Educational Center, 169 South Main Street (exit 19 off I-89). The Vermont Maple Festival is a non-profit group whose objectives are to contribute to the educational and promotional aspects of the maple industry.
Stone House Antique Center in Chester is having its 6th Annual Garden Party April 27th and 28th, 10am to 5pm, to celebrate spring and antiques. Stone House is located at 557 VT Route 103 South. It’s always a fun day with much a great variety of antiques, much good food, and a chance to meet many of the dealers.
The Waterbury Flea Market opens April 28th and continues every Saturday and Sunday through October 28th, 7am to 4pm. It is central Vermont’s longest running outdoor flea market. It is located at Farr’s Field, 1901 US Route 2 West in Waterbury.
We offer our condolences to Clayton and Kate Pennington and their families and friends on the death of Sally Clayton Pennington, on March 21st. She and her husband Samuel Pennington founded and began publishing the Maine Antique Digest in 1973.
Vermont Antiques Dealers' Association Annual Meeting:
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association annual meeting will be held on May 28th at the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury. The Executive Board will meet at 9:45 after which there will be a Show and Tell program, followed by the General Meeting and lunch. Everyone is invited to bring an item for show and tell—it has been a lot of fun at past meetings and generated interesting discussion. The cost of lunch is $20 per person and if you wish to pay in advance, please mail your check made out to VADA to Judd Gregory, PO Box 65, Dorset, VT 05251. Also please email Brian email@example.com if you plan on attending as we need to inform the Inn on the number of people to expect for lunch. Everyone is encouraged to attend as it a great way to make your voice heard and to meet your fellow dealers.
Wishing everyone a wonderful spring!
Vesta Urband (firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2019 VADA News
Greetings from snowy Vermont! Winter weather can be a problem for shows but luckily that wasn’t the case this year for the 42nd Annual Cabin Fever Show and Sale in Quechee, Vermont. It was a lovely but cold day, and in spite of terrible driving conditions including snow and icy roads on Friday, dealers were able to arrive safely for set up. It is always a nice little show and this year was no exception. There were some new dealers and many familiar faces as well.
Looking ahead to April, the 53rd Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show and Sale is going to be held on April 27th and 28th in St. Albans at the St. Albans Town and Educational Center. The show opens Saturday, 10am to 5pm and again on Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.
This month Holly and Jeff Noordsy are our featured VADA dealers. They have been active members of VADA for many years and Jeff is currently Vice President, Membership. Jeff and Holly are probably best known for selling bottles, glass, and ceramics but they also deal in other antiques especially those with painted surfaces and unique craftsmanship. They met while both were attending Middlebury College in Vermont and discovered a mutual interest in American history and the material culture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Unlike many college students, they began attending tag sales and estate auctions and used their finds to decorate their dorm rooms. Their interest in antiques was further fostered while Jeff was working a summer job for a Middlebury graduate who specialized in buying and selling antique building materials acquired through disassembling 18th and 19th century structures. His employer had been an avid bottle digger in the 70’s and his tales served to pique Jeff and Holly’s interest in antique bottles. They quickly began actively searching for and buying bottles and decorated stoneware. After graduation Holly worked in local museums, including the Sheldon Museum, the Shelburne Museum, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum; and Jeff continued work as a carpenter and contractor. They set up at their first show in 1993 and were quite successful and by 1997, they were doing so well that Jeff was able to become a full-time dealer and a year later Holly joined him selling full time.
Holly and Jeff currently have two websites www.jeffnholantiquebottles.com and www.noordsyantiques.com. They do a number of shows, including the NHADA show during New Hampshire Week and the VADA show, Antiques at Stratton Mountain, during Vermont Antiques Week. They also do the ADA show and some of the Peter Mavris shows in New Hampshire during the winter. The major bottle shows they do are held in Baltimore, Maryland and in Keene, New Hampshire.
Jeff and Holly both love being dealers and enjoy researching and learning the history of what they sell and the thrill of finding a unique piece, never knowing what may turn up. They continue to collect bottles, especially labeled Vermont bottles and other objects of local interest such as Addison County redware.
One of the difficulties facing the antiques market is attracting a younger audience. Both Jeff and Holly feel that shows are still relevant in the age of internet selling but that shows must change to better fit the times. Younger people and others often seem less interested in the historical background of a piece than they are in the visual appeal of the piece. Perhaps dealers might need to present objects in such a way as to be visually appealing first and then engage the mind.
I think that after this winter, most of us are now ready for spring and are looking forward to the new season of antique shows.
Vesta Urband email@example.com
February 2019 VADA News
This has turned out to be some winter here in Vermont and elsewhere! Lots of snow and freezing temperatures. Best way to fight those winter blues and cabin fever is to get out and antique!
VADA members Bonnie and Dave Ferriss of Lake Luzerne, NY have been selling antiques and doing shows since the 1970’s. They have a booth at Stone House in Chester and at the newly renovated Flying Pig Antiques in Westmoreland, NH. Some of the shows where you can see them are Brimfield and Rhinebeck and at one of the shows during Antiques in Vermont and New Hampshire Week. They started in the antiques business as many do--they were frequent attendees at antiques shows and finally a dealer suggested they should consider getting a resale number and start selling as well as buying. So, long ago, in 1973, that’s exactly what they did and have enjoyed every minute of it. They have been members of the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association for many years. They remember the first time they set up at a show/flea market which was about a half hour from their home. As Dave tells it, they put some stuff in the back of an old baby blue 1960 pickup truck and off they went. While at the market, some kid was racing up and down at great speed on the main road. Another dealer at the show who sold early tools saw this and ran out into the middle of the road, shirtless and waving a huge broad axe at the kid while cursing at him as fast as the kid was driving! It made quite a sight and luckily no one was axed or killed! Just another fun day at a show!
By the way, Bonnie and Dave did sell two bowback Windsors that day and were thus hooked forever! They deal primarily in folk art, which they also collect, and country, architectural, and garden antiques. When asked what they love the most about the business, they both agree that it’s the hunt for antiques and the friendship family of fellow dealers. They feel as many dealers do that the market has changed dramatically. They also feel that the more interesting, unusual, and higher quality pieces will eventually attract an audience that may never have paid much attention to collecting. Dealers can encourage these new collectors and educate them to understand that antiques are lasting as opposed to newly manufactured items from Ikea and such. Fortunately, there does seem to be an increase in a younger audience at some shows.
If you haven’t sent in your VADA dues, please do so. Dues letters have been sent out and if you haven’t received one, please contact Brian Bittner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Noordsy at email@example.com
Enjoy the rest of the winter and as always, would love to hear from you!
Vesta Urband firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 January VADA News
Happy New Year! Hard to believe that the holidays have passed and we’re into another year! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is ready for some antiquing!
Mark your calendars for the 42nd Annual Cabin Fever Show and Sale coming up on February 16th. This is a great show and a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in the middle of winter. This year’s show features 28 exhibitors offering a nice variety of antiques. The show is located at the Mid-Vermont Christian School, 399 W Gilson Road, just off Route 4 in Quechee, Vermont. Show hours are 10am to 3pm and admission is $10.
Stone House Antique Center in Chester holds a Dealer Day the first Tuesday of every month. It’s a lively affair with many dealers there to answer questions, and there is always a great array of goodies to munch on while you browse and shop. Stone House is located at 557 Route 103, Chester, Vermont. It is open 10am to 5pm daily. In addition to Dealer Days, Stone House also hosts many Open House Weekends throughout the year.
Montpelier Antiques Market continues its ongoing market January to April. The schedule for the remaining markets is January 27th, February 19th and 24th, March 10th and 24th, and the last market is on April 14th. The market is held at the Canadian Club, 414 E Montpelier Road, Barre, Vermont. Hours are 8am to 1pm. Early buying is at 8am, admission $5; regular admission at 9am is $2.
Dues letters will be sent out this month to the VADA membership. Please send your dues to Judd Gregory, PO Box 65, Dorset, VT 05251. If you did not receive a letter, contact Brian Bittner at email@example.com. If you would like to join the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association or would like information, contact Jeff Noordsy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, I welcome news of your shop, shows, and other antique events. Have a wonderful new year and hope you find a treasure or two along the way!
December 2018 Newsletter
The holidays are fast approaching—hope you all have been out shopping in your favorite antique shops or at your favorite shows for those special gifts for everyone on your list. Antiques make lasting gifts and you can be assured that there won’t be a new version coming out every 6 months!
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association show committee met on December 4th. The committee agreed that moving the Dealers’ show from summer to fall as part of Antiques in Vermont Week was a success. An email will be going out shortly to all those dealers who participated in this year’s show. The dates for Antiques in Vermont Week 2019 are October 3rd through October 6th, one week later than this year. The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Show will be October 5th and 6th. Anyone interested in exhibiting at next year’s show please contact Lori Scotnicki at email@example.com.
The 42nd Annual Cabin Fever Show and Sale is coming up on Saturday, February 16th at the Christian School in Quechee, 10am to 3pm. Anyone interested in information on the show should contact Lori Scotnicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VADA is always pleased to welcome new members. If you are interested in becoming a member or wish information about becoming a member, please contact Jeff Noorsdy, Membership Committee Chair at email@example.com.
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association wishes happy holidays to our members, fellow dealers, and friends as well as to all those collectors, show goers, and customers who support us all year. Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year!
Vesta Urband (firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 2018 VADA News
We have been enjoying a lovely fall in New England and here in Vermont the maples have been especially glorious.
Vermont Antiques Week 2018 is now a memory, but you can mark your calendars for 2019 Vermont Antiques Week—October 3rd through October 6th.
As a reminder, there will not be a November meeting of the VADA membership. At the spring meeting it was voted that in the future we would have only one annual meeting to be held in the spring.
Janice Goodwin and Goodwin’s Antiques probably need no introduction to many of you but for those who haven’t met Janice, she has been buying and selling antiques for 29 years. She deals primarily in quilts and other textiles and Victorian and Edwardian clothing and accessories in addition to items related to sewing and needlework. She also buys and sells primitive and country items.
Janice started out as many dealers have by joining a group shop while still working. After retiring from the working world to try something different, she opened her own multi-dealer shop, Victorian House Antiques, in Johnson, Vermont. When her husband, Gordon (Gordie), retired he joined her in the business doing furniture restoration and repair. They had the shop for 10 years. After closing their shop, Janice maintained a space in the Middlebury Antiques Center while doing shows mainly in New England and New York.
Janice now does about 7-9 shows a year and sells online on ebay and Facebook. She also shares a website www.antiquesvt.com with two dealer/friends and has recently taken space at Five Corners Antiques in Essex Junction.
Janice likes every aspect of the antiques business from meeting people to finding unusual antiques to research and sell while also doing some restoration of textiles. She finds that every day dealing with antiques and customers offers a new and often unusual experience. She related a funny story from when she owned her shop in Johnson. Janice and her husband were in the driveway talking to some friends when a car from New Jersey drove in. A woman stepped out of the car and she was literally trimmed in yellow feathers from her shoes, ankle socks, shorts, shirt, and drawstring bag up to her hat and earrings! Janice says that the woman looked like a huge “chicken” and it wasn’t even Halloween! Janice never found out what her “story” was, and I forgot to ask if she bought anything!
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!