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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com)
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!
VADA Newsletter October/November 2018
The Vermont Antiques Week shows, September 27--30, had beautiful fall weather. It was a perfect weekend to get out and antique as there were plenty of shows to attend and lots of wonderful antiques to see and buy. Show attendance was good, and the dealers I spoke to had had good shows and were happy. There were lots of familiar faces as well as many new dealers at all the shows. Thank you to the show managers and promoters and all the wonderful dealers for another successful Antiques Week. Also thank you to all the people who attended and shopped the shows.
VADA welcomes the following new dealers to the association and to the Antiques at Stratton Mountain VADA Show: Barbara Gentiluomo of Candleglow Antiques, Holliston, Massachusetts; Josh and Mary Steenburgh, Pike, New Hampshire; Nancy Cummings, Swanzey, New Hampshire; Matt King, Marshfield, Massachusetts; Don Heller of Heller Washam Antiques, Portland, Maine; Pam and Steve Regan of Nutting House Antiques, New Paltz, NY; Karen and Mark Wheaton of Maria’s Pond Antiques, Pattersonville, NY; Derrick and Charles Holt of Color of the Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts; Matt Ehresman “Dr, Matt”, Wadsworth, Ohio; and John Hunt Marshall of John Hunt Marshall Antiques, Florence, Massachusetts.
The new Directories are available and if you have not received one or would like some for your shop or shows, please email Trish Koptiuch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montpelier Antiques Market opens on November 11th and there is another market on the 25th. There are no markets in December, and they start again on January 13th. It’s held from 8am to 1pm at the Canadian Club, 414 East Montpelier Road, Route 14, Montpelier. For information call 802-751-6138.
The Milford, New Hampshire Antiques Market is held every Sunday October 21st through March 31st, 2019. The hours are 8:30am to noon. It is located at the Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, New Hampshire. For information call 781-329-1192.
Wishing everyone an enjoyable fall and a Happy Halloween!
Vesta Urband email@example.com
September VADA News 2018
Vermont Antiques Week takes place this month featuring 5 outstanding shows with over 175 dealers from all over the country. It promises to be a wonderful antiquing experience with great dealers bringing their best. It runs from September 27th through September 30th. Hope everyone can attend all the shows.
The Weston Antique Show in Weston kicks off the week with a preview on Thursday, September 27th, 5-7:30 pm, Admission $75 and continues Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th, 10am to 5pm, Admission $10. The show is at the Weston Playhouse on the Green, Route 100.
The Black River Antique Show in Ludlow is Friday evening, September 28th, from 7-9pm, Admission $15 which includes a catered dinner. The show continues Saturday, September 29th, 10am to 3pm, Admission $7. It is located at the Ludlow Community Center, 38 South Depot Street.
The Okemo Antique Show in Ludlow opens with a preview party celebrating its 25th year on Friday, September 28th, 2-6pm, Admission $15. The show on Saturday, September 29th is from 10am to 3pm, Admission $10. The show is at the Okemo Lodge, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow.
The 43rd Annual Antiques at Stratton Mountain Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Show is Saturday, September 29th from 8am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 30th, 11am to 3pm, Admission both days is $10. It is held at Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton.
The Vermont Picker’s Market, Sunday, September 30th is from 8:30am to 3pm, Admission $10. It features many of the dealers who previously exhibited at the Riley Rink show in Manchester. The show is at Okemo Lodge, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow.
For more information on these shows, as well as places to stay, restaurants, and area attractions, visit the website www.vermontantiquesweek.com
The new membership Directory Brochures are now available. You should be receiving one soon. If you would like a number of them for shows or your shop, please contact Brian at www.bittnerantiques.com
Many VADA members have reported receiving emails supposedly from VADA concerning “invoices or invoicing”. These are NOT from VADA and should be disregarded, unopened, and deleted.
The Norwich Antiques Show is Saturday, September 15th, 10am-3pm on the grounds of the Norwich Historical Society, Main and Elm Streets. In addition to great antiques, there will be appraisals ($5 per item), a raffle, live music, and delicious food. Admission is $5 Adults, children 12 and under admitted free. The show benefits the Norwich Historical Society.
If you’re in Maine or want a reason to go to Maine, the 2nd Maine Antiques Exposition at Thompson’s Point Event Center in Portland is on Saturday, September 15th, 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 16th, 11am to 4pm. The show features over 65 dealers from 7 states offering quality antiques.
News from California from VADA member Halliday House: during this year’s annual grape harvest in the Napa Valley, Halliday House will be hosting a Gala Party to celebrate the opening of their new shop in a historic stone block creamery. The party is on October 13th, 11am to 3pm at Big Ranch Road, Napa Valley. Gail and Sue say the shop will be loaded with Americana and folk art. Be sure to drop by if you live or are in the area.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you with news of your business or shop events. Hope to see you during Vermont Antiques Week. Happy antiquing!
Vesta Urband firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2018 VADA News
I hope that everyone is having a great summer and preparing for some serious antiquing in September.
The Norwich Antiques Show takes place on September 15th (a week later this year) on the grounds of the Norwich Historical Society from 10am to 3pm, admission $5 Adults, 12 and under admitted free. The many exhibitors will offer formal to country furniture and accessories, Oriental rugs, linens, fine art, and jewelry. William G. Smith of Smith’s Auctions will be giving informal appraisals from 1 to 3pm, $5 per item (maximum of 3). The show benefits the Norwich Historical Society located at Main and Elm Streets. In addition to great antiques, there will be a raffle, live music, and delicious food!
Brimfield is coming up September 4th through 9th. Look for Vermont dealers exhibiting in many of the fields. The Vermont tent is in Green Acres.
Vermont Antiques Week takes place September 27th through September 30th and features 5 outstanding shows with over 175 dealers from all over the country exhibiting quality antiques. For those wondering what happened to the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Show, previously held in July, it has joined the Vermont Week Shows and has a new name: Antiques at Stratton Mountain Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Show. The Ludlow Antique Show also has a new name: Black River Antique Show, and it is still held at the Ludlow Community Center.
For more information on these shows, as well as places to stay, restaurants, and area attractions, visit the website www.vermontantiquesweek.com.
Tom Baker has been a member of VADA for many years and a dealer for many more years! Tom was in the banking industry for 12 years, living in Albany, New York and then Boston. He and Sheila were avid collectors starting back in 1978 filling three houses, each bigger than the last, to house their collections. They finally decided that in order to keep collecting, they would need to start selling (sound familiar??). They rented booth space in an antique center in Groton, Massachusetts in 1986 and instead of bigger houses, their space in the antique center got bigger and bigger. They eventually moved to California and then back to the East coast to the Albany area where they now live. Tom is co-manager of the Antiques Market Place, a group shop with 20 dealers, in Lake George, New York on Route 149. He also maintains a number of websites: www.bakerantiques.com, www.digantiques.com, and www.antiques-market-place.com. In addition to the shop and websites, Tom does about 7 shows a year in the Northeast. He specializes in game boards, firkins, pantry boxes and other painted pieces as well as American folk art, textiles, and items of local historical significance. Like many of us, Tom laments the changes in the current antiques market—fewer collectors/dealers and fewer new ones to take our place, as well as the need to attract a younger audience. When I asked Tom what he liked most about being a dealer, he replied “Being always on the hunt for the one thing I can’t live without.”
Sadly, Joseph E. Doppman, Sr. died on July 22nd at the age of 80. Joe restored and sold antique lamps, maintaining a booth at 5 Corners Antiques in Essex Junction. Our condolences to Joe’s family and his many friends and associates.
See you next month with more information on Vermont Week shows.
Vesta Urband email@example.com
July VADA Newsletter 2018
Summer is here and with it comes antique shows throughout New England!
The closing of the Middlebury Antique Center in July was a sad day for me and other dealers as well as the many people who have been customers there over the years. The Middlebury Antique Center has been a mainstay in East Middlebury and of antiquing in Vermont for 34 years. We will all miss Francis and his sidekick, Mr. Gibbs, better known as Gibby. Somehow Gibby always knew I was coming even before I stepped through the door. Perhaps it was the cookie I brought that gave me away! Francis enjoys gardening and adding to and cataloging his ever-growing stamp collection so it doesn’t sound as if he will be bored anytime soon! As for Gibby, I’m not sure what his interests are, but I understand he has a cat at home to keep him company and to play with. All of us at VADA wish Francis and Gibby all the best in retirement.
Recently while up in Maine for some antiquing, I stopped by the offices of Maine Antique Digest (MAD) in Waldoboro to introduce myself and say hello to Clayton Pennington, Kate Pennington, and their staff. I received a very warm welcome and was introduced to those members of the staff there that day. The offices are in a very spacious building right in town with lovely sculptures in the front garden. It was great seeing where all the work of putting out MAD every month is done and to meet the creative people who do it.
The New London Garden Club Antiques Show and Sale takes place on Saturday, July 28th, 9am to 3pm on the New London Town Green. This year’s show features antiques from 50 exhibitors from 7 states, including many from Vermont. It’s sure to be a great show.
If you are planning on attending the Vermont Week Shows, September 27th through September 30th, check out the new website www.vermontantiquesweek.com. There you will find information on all five of the shows as well as information about the area including lodging, restaurants, and local attractions. The Ludlow Antiques Show and Sale now has a new name: Black River Antique Show.
Happy antiquing and enjoy your summer!
June VADA News 2018
All the news from Brimfield was good! It was a successful week—beautiful weather, lots of sales, and happy dealers! Great start to spring and the summer season antique shows.
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association held its annual spring meeting at the Middlebury Inn on May 29th. A number of topics were discussed and voted on by those present. It was approved that in future there will be only one meeting per year which will be held in the spring. In other business, a subcommittee has been formed to review the association’s by-laws. The revised by-laws will be emailed to all members for review and voting by return email. The Member Directory/Brochure is being revised and will be available in about a month. VADA welcomed a number of new out-of-state members this month: Shirley Quinn of Shirley D. Quinn Antiques, Hopkinton, New Hampshire and Betty Anne Lavallee of American Pride Antiques, Hampton, New Hampshire. Both Shirley and Betty Anne have been dealers for many years and exhibit at shows as well as in a number of antique centers in New Hampshire. They sell American country antiques and textiles. Another out-of-state member is Robert T. Foley of Robert T. Foley Antiques, Gray, Maine. Robert sells 18th and 19th century furniture, accessories, and nautical items. New members from Vermont are: John and Lisa Hauenstein of Early Preservation, Charlotte, Vermont, who specialize in pre-1840’s building materials as well as early folk art and weathervanes; and Jim and Suzan Mulder of Liberty Hill, Reading, Vermont, who deal in furniture and woodworking tools. They also make custom-made cut and pierced lampshades.
VADA also welcomed two new museums as members: Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, Vermont, located in a turn-of-the-century granite manufacturing plant; and the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum, South Hero, Vermont, which includes more than 3,000 objects relating to 19th century American crafts, trades, and occupations.
VADA always welcomes new members--for Information on membership or to become a member, contact Jeff Noorsdy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The mission of the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association is to promote the antiques business in Vermont and our member dealers.
The VADA website www.vermontantiquesdealers.com has been updated--thank you Brian and Rhiannon! The Vermont Antiques Week shows at the end of September, beginning September 27th, now include Antiques at Stratton Mountain/The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association Show. A new website is coming soon www.vermontantiquesweek.com that includes information about all the shows during Vermont Week. There you will find information about all the shows as well as information about places to stay, restaurants, and other places of interest. Thanks go to Bill Sherhag for all his work on creating this website. Meanwhile, there is a link to this new website on the VADA website under “Antique Show”.
The 56th Annual Islands’ Antique show will be held in South Hero Friday, July 6th, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, July 7th, 10am to 4pm at the Folsom Educational and Community Center, 75 South Street, South Hero. The show will feature antiques from 21 dealers, and appraisals will be offered by Rene Vallee from 10-12. The cost of each appraisal will be $5. Admission to the show is $3 Donation. Proceeds from the show help support C.I.D.E.R. (Champlain Islanders Developing Educational Resources). C.I.D.E.R. provides resources and assistance for older adults and persons with disabilities who live in the five rural towns of Grand Isle County, enabling them to live independently in their own homes.
Wishing everyone a great summer of fun activities which of course includes lots of antiquing! Lots of great shows coming up so stay tuned!
Vesta Urband email@example.com
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.
April VADA News
The arrival of spring brings April showers and May flowers, but it also brings a number of antique shows throughout New England and New York.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to mark your calendars for the Maple Festival Antiques Show on April 28th and 29th in St. Albans, Vermont. Show hours are Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. The show is at the St. Albans Town Educational Center, 169 South Main Street.
While you’re marking your calendars for upcoming events, put Saturday, May 26th down for the 2nd Biannual Sunny Meadow Farm Barn Sale in Woodstock, Vermont. The sale is hosted by The Red Horse Antiques, Lavin Stickney Antiques, Spencer-Julian Antiques, and Heidi A. Lang Antiques and Fine Art. Items offered include 19th and 20th century antiques and accessories for the home and garden; textiles; jewelry; and horse related items. The sale runs from 9am to 6pm. They ask that there be no early birds. The barn is located at 2876 Hartland Hill Road, Woodstock, and there is ample parking available. For questions, please call 808-457-2274.
The Norwich Antiques Show has changed its date for this year. The show will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 10am to 3pm at the Lewis House, Main Street, Norwich, Vermont. There is dealer space available—any interested dealers should contact Gail Torkelson at email@example.com or call 802-649-1787.
The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association (VADA) executive board and show committee met on March 28th at Greg Hamilton’s new art gallery in Vergennes. The next Annual Spring Meeting of the members will be May 29th at the Middlebury Inn. The Executive Board will meet at 10:15; the Show Committee at 11:00; and the membership at 11:30. The cost of the lunch is $20. More information to follow in next month’s news. I encourage everyone to attend the annual meeting as participation of its membership is essential for any association.
It was decided that the board would review and update its Code of Conduct and once finalized would send it out to the membership for their files. A new, enlarged brochure of the membership of VADA is being planned and it will include out of state members. The Vermont Antique Dealers’ show during Vermont Week will now be called Antiques at Stratton Mountain/The Vermont Antique Dealers’ Association Show. The show days and hours are Saturday, September 29th, 8am to 5pm and Sunday, September 30th, 11am to 3pm. The cost of admission is $10. Please contact Lori Scotnicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 802-318-1619 if you would like more information or have questions about the show.
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