Activity is stepping into high gear at Barn Star, the show management office, and the dealers are gathering some exciting ‘new’ antiques to showcase at the Mid Week in Manchester Antiques Show for Aug. 6 and 7. This event falls in the middle of the Antiques Week in New Hampshire, when the crowds are whipped into excitement and are eager to find antiques that have been discovered over the winter. Some may go home with an urn for their patio, another might find a weathervane perfect for their garden, or an 1890 cupboard in just the right tint of green to match their kitchen décor.
This show offers a huge variety of antiques, from hooked rugs to silver jewelry, from carousel animals to benches, from iron toys to chests of drawers. Each booth is designed by the dealer, proudly displaying their specialty, and they are happy to answer any questions you have and to give you some history on the piece you are considering purchasing. It is amazing when you learn about the background of an item how much more intriguing it can be. If you aren’t sure what an object was made for, just ask – you can learn about the decorative weights that balanced out a windmill, you can learn about the spring-loaded mechanized animals that were used as targets in the carnivals, or the rich history of tramp art, where very complicated boxes, mirrors and sometimes tables were made by hand out of used cigar boxes. The dealers have a great depth of information and wonderful stories to share of their knowledge and experiences. Not only will you go home with an antique, you can share the story of its history with your family and friends.
Set aside those days to come visit the show, where you can spend hours exploring each booth, with a midday break to sit down and enjoy a bar-be-que lunch in the shade. In the afternoon you can make those purchases then scurry home to find the perfect setting for your new acquisitions.
The show runs Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day is $15 per person, with unlimited re-entry. Or make the “Smart Buy,” and come to the Monday Bedford Picker’s Market on Aug. 4 and buy a discounted combo ticket for $35, which gives you entrance to both shows, and a $5 savings.
The show is located at the Wayfarer Conference Center, 121 South River Road in Bedford, N.H. (enter at Macy’s), with over 112 dealers, lunch available on site, on site shipper and plenty of free parking (priority handicap locations at the show entrance). If you have never been, it is time to see why people mark this week on their calendar a year ahead, and if you are returning, you already know just what fun antiquing can be. For more information, directions, hotels, show updates and your complimentary copy of the 2008 Antiques Week in New Hampshire Calendar, visit www.barnstar.com or call (845) 876-0616.