May VADA News
Happy May and welcome spring!
The 52nd Annual Maple Festival Antiques Show had a good turnout as well as good sales for the dealers. It’s always a fun show and this year was no exception in spite of the rain.
Francis Stevens, owner of the Middlebury Antique Center, is retiring after 34 years! Francis and Dianne started the Middlebury Antique Center and it has been one of the best group shops not only in Addison County but also in all of Vermont. It has been an integral part of the antiquing experience in Vermont for all of its 34 years. There will be sales in the shop during the months of May and June and up until the closing in July. Many dealers are offering up to 30% discounts. The last day of business will be after the July 4th sale. Anyone interested in purchasing a display case or cases can contact Francis at 802-388-6229. I am sure that I speak for the many dealers and customers, and friends of Francis, when I say that he, Mr. Gibbs, and the Middlebury Antique Center will be missed. We all wish him the best in his retirement.
The Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association (VADA) annual spring meeting will be held at the Middlebury Inn on May 29th. The Executive Board will meet at 10:15; the Show Committee at 11:00; and the general meeting will begin at 11:30, followed by lunch. The cost of lunch is $20. Trisha Koptiuch will be emailing VADA members about attendance at the lunch. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending as we need to inform the Inn on the number of people they can expect. You can send your $20 to Trish or pay for the lunch at the meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend—it’s a great way to make your voice heard and to meet and chat with fellow members. For further information or to join VADA, contact Brian Bittner at email@example.com
Just a reminder of the Barn sale at Sunny Meadow Farm in Woodstock on May 26th. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they ask that there be no early birds. The sale is hosted by Red Horse Antiques, Lavin Stickney Antiques, Spencer-Julien Antiques, and Heidi A. Lang Antiques and Fine Art. The barn is located at 2876 Hartland Hill Road. Any questions please call (802) 457-2274.
If you’re planning a trip to California in June, be sure to stop in at Halliday House in Napa. Gail Laird has informed me that after many years they will be moving their showroom to an historic stone structure previously used as the creamery for a large dairy farm. They will be having an extensive moving sale at their current location and will be offering discounts on all items. They will be taking this opportunity to change their focus toward more home décor items. For more information contact Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 253-1092.
Sports columnist to antiques dealer? That’s the path that Andy Gardiner of Gardiner’s Antiques took sometime in the 1980’s. Andy moved to Vermont in the early 1970’s for graduate school and was hired by the Burlington Free Press in 1975 as a sportswriter. Living in Vermont and needing to furnish his apartment in a vintage building, he began to frequent antique shops. After all, we all know that Vermont was the mecca of antiques back then! He met dealers in the shops and was mentored by many of them, gaining more knowledge as he went along. As he collected more and more, he began to replace some of his earlier purchases and soon found an outlet for his “extras” by participating in a few antique shows. In the interim, he moved to Washington, DC for 12 years, eventually returning to Vermont for retirement in 2012. Andy exhibits at shows where he features painted pieces, folk art, 19th century landscapes, and architectural elements. His main focus in his purchases is on form, color, and condition. Andy is also active in VADA, serving on the VADA show committee.
Sadly, Barbara Fitzgerald died in April. Barbara and her late husband, Tim, owned and operated Fitzgerald’s Antiques in Vergennes for many years. Our condolences to her family and friends.
Look forward to seeing all VADA members who can attend at the spring meeting.