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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – West Palm Beach Antiques festival owners Kay and Bill Puchstein credit new scheduling plans for seeing an increase in attendance at their Labor Day edition of the festival. More than 300 people were standing in line for the Sept. 4 opening. The Puchsteins said that dealers are signing up for the winter season beginning in November.
One addition at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is the restoration services offered by Steve Allred and the West Palm Beach Restoration Studios. While Allred’s personal restoration specialty is high end porcelain, Palm Beach Restoration Studios works with a network of competent and qualified restoration professionals who cover a broad range of specialties including furniture, oil paintings, art and almost any other category of antiques and collectibles. Visitors drop off articles in need of Allred’s services and pick them up on a subsequent visit to the festival.
Allred has expanded both the size and the scope of Palm Beach Restoration Studios, expanding to a 9,000 square foot facility and adding a consumer information service. The Studio sponsors classes in porcelain restoration, wood items restoration and identification of antiques including how to distinguish between genuinely old artifacts and reproductions or forgeries.
The three-day show format resumes with the Nov. 5-7 festival. Remaining shows for 2010 are scheduled for Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 31-Jan 2, 2011. Several shows are already scheduled for the 2011 season, startiing with Feb. 4-6 and March 4-6 events.
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