Antique cast iron collectors to meet: National Griswold convention set for May 5-8

The Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association is a collector’s club dedicated to those who buy and sell vintage cookware. Those who join receive informative 16 to 28-page quarterly newsletters and the opportunity to meet others at events such as swap meets and the convention who also collect vintage cast iron made by Griswold, Wagner, Favorite Piquaware, Martin, Lodge, Wapak, Filley and other good makers of cast iron and cast aluminum cookware.

Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware AssociationMembership also includes a member directory with all the contact information necessary for building a strong collecting network and a great deal of information about collecting cast iron cookware. 

Currently there are four chapters of the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association in the following regions: the Northeast, the West, the South and the Heartland. The chapters meet once or twice a year, and as a member of the national association, you can attend any or all as you wish.

The National gathering is our annual convention and this year it is being held May 5-8 at the Clarion Bel Aire Hotel Conference Center at 2800 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16506. Call 814-833-1116 for the special rate for our convention of $104.95 plus taxes.

Most of the activities are held May 6 and May 7, but for those who have the extra time, there is a picnic at a member’s home the afternoon of May 4 and a visit to the local mansion/museum is scheduled for May 5, where much vintage cookware is on display. The significance of the visit is that the G&CICA raised the funds to renovate the kitchen and butler pantry to 1910 vintage, with many of the items on display donated by club members. An optional dinner cruise on Lake Erie on the “Victorian Princess” will be held the evening of May 5. Activities May 6 include seminars, a show and tell session for discussion of unusual items, and an auction strictly for cast iron cookware.

Events May 7 include a swap meet and, in the afternoon, a dozen table topics where you can ask questions and see rare and scarce items first hand. The business meeting rounds out the formal activities, and a banquet and awards event conclude the evening.

The convention is open only to members and there’s a separate fee for attending. The last day to register for convention is April 1 — no exceptions.

To become a G&CICA member, send a $25 check or money order to G&CICA, 223 Summit Circle, Lakeville, PA 18438. (Two one-year memberships can be purchased for the same address for just $30.) Include name(s), address, phone number and e-mail (optional), but please indicate you found us through Antique Trader.

In other Collecting Club News: 

VFCJ plans its 23rd show and sale

The NJ/METRO chapter of VFCJ (Vintage Fashion Costume Jewelry) will host its 23rd collector’s club Mini Convention, show and sale March 12, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is open to the public at no fee, and will take place in the Mohawk Room of the Lake Mohawk Country Club, 21 The Boardwalk, Sparta, NJ 07871.

Various vintage costume jewelry adornments (rings, brooches, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings) will be available. Many tri-state and regional area collectors will be present with reasonable, authentic and retro treasures for sale.

War-era Sweetheart Jewelry, considered military mementos, souvenirs that were sent home from loved ones in war situations will be featured. A showcase of 1940 medallions, lockets and bracelets will be on view. Wearing these jewelry keepsakes honored and reminded us of those serving our country during two World Wars.

Browse the displays from the past and find that one of a kind jewelry item to add to your collection. Information about the hobby of collecting vintage costume jewelry can also be obtained.

For more information contact Joyce Simmons, coordinator for the NJ/METRO chapter at 201-213-2146.

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