by Ellen Schroy
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem has another reason to be proud. April 14-15, 2012, it was host to Norm Schaut’s Antique City Fun Fair for Collectors at the Lehigh University Rauch Fieldhouse complex.
Aisles were crowded during the early buyers’ opening on April 14. Blue skies lead buyers from all over to the well manicured sports complex, alive with women’s lacross, men’s soccer and about 250 dealers.
As attendees lined up outside, a large display of vintage garden accessories, urns and iron gates were stationed at the front entrance. Carpeted aisles, booths all draped, and many dealers were local Pennsylvania and New Jersey dealers, giving them a classy venue to display their wares.
Primitives ranged from furniture, such as an exquisitely paint decorated Lancaster County blanket chest, to stoneware and crocks. Almost every collecting category was present, from outstanding lamps to decorative accessories of all types, enough jewelry to dazzle anyone, and hatpins galore.
Character collectibles were well represented with dealers specializing in Disney, toys, as well as several World’s Fair memorabilia dealers.
It was refreshing to see some new dealers joining this show, such as locals Mary Ann and Ozzie Davis with their interesting booth of character collectibles. Longtime Warman’s Price Guide contributor and well known Pennsylvania dealer David Irons had a booth brimming with quality primitives and interesting irons.
National Christmas Museum director Jim Morrison offered a wonderful display of vintage Christmas items as well as enticing postcards.
From big-ticket items to postcards for a few dollars, there was something for every collector’s budget. The Antique City Fun Fair is proof the Lehigh Valley can and will support a great quality show.
Norm Schaut’s Antique City Fun Fair Show returns to Bethlehem’s Lehigh University Rauch Fieldhouse, April 13-14, 2013. For a dealer packet or advance ticket information visit Antique City Fun Fair for Collectors.