GRAY, La. — After a year off due to Hurricane Katrina, the Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale is on again for 2006, with dates set for Sept. 8-10, but with a few changes.
For 30 years, the show has been held in Thibodaux, La., most recently at the town’s Civic Center. However, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, extensive renovations were required to the building, forcing the show to find a new home.
“This year, the show will be held at the Evergreen Cajun Center in Gray, located conveniently between Thibodaux and Houma,” said Bettye Stroud, co-chair of this year’s event, along with Sue Herpel. “Many events usually held in the Thibodaux Civic Center have been forced to move this year and most have chosen to go to the Evergreen Center. Sponsors have told me that attendance has been really high there so we are looking forward to a great show.”
Forty dealers from 12 states will bring in truckloads of quality antiques to the show located in southern Louisiana, and held the weekend after Labor Day. This will be the 31st antique show sponsored by TaWaSi, a Thibodaux women’s club. All profits go toward college scholarships, local charities and community projects. The show has been billed as the first one of the fall season, so antique lovers get first choice of merchandise the dealers have found over the summer months.
Among items to be featured by new dealers this year are fine formal and country French furniture, as well as a wide array of religious items, including prayer books collected by a former airline pilot on his trips abroad. From an Arkansas dealer, there will be children’s toys and furniture, Gaudy Welsh, iron banks, sterling and oil paintings. From Texas and Louisiana will come good old country pieces, doors, architectural items, primitives and benches. Returning dealers will feature American and European antique furniture, estate jewelry, silver and silverplate, elegant glassware, paper collectibles and stoneware, beautiful linens and children’s vintage clothing, antique tools, Haviland china, architectural pieces, prints and etchings, copper, rugs and much more.
The popular “Linen Lady” will return with exquisite table linens from small to banquet size. “Linens, Lace and Lunacy” owner Sue Sanchez of Metairie will fill her booth with such items as lace bridal handkerchiefs, vintage monogrammed linens, and Normandy lace pillows, as well as linens for wedding gifts and vintage christening gowns and lace caps for that special baby.
“You don’t have to be an antique buff to enjoy the show,” according to Beth Boyet, a member of the club’s dealer committee. There are items from one end of the price scale to another. The show has something for everyone and is designed to accommodate the serious collector as well as the casual shopper.
“Having a variety of merchandise has been one of our goals over the years,” said Stroud. “We want the dealers to have a good show and we want the customers to have plenty of choices,” she added.
Special features at the show include a lid replacement service, silver and silverplate matching services, as well as a Haviland china matching service. Show hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 9, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 10. Tickets are $5, good for all three days and are available at the door. The Evergreen Cajun Center is located at 4694 W. Main St., Hwy 24 in Gray between Thibodaux and Houma.
For more information, call (985) 446-3858 or log on to http://geocities.com/thibodauxantiqueshow.