The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA) has a long and prestigious reputation for the quality of its members. That reputation has one more extension with the Fox Valley Antiques Show,
held at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Ill. The show returns this weekend, March 12-13, 2011. This will be the third show the group has produced and constitutes the 54th year of offering fine antiques to the public.
The show is exemplary in every definition of the word. It is especially effective for dealers seeking new contacts and avenues for inventory and customers. Take the case of Tim Chambers and Selby Shaver.
In the late 1990s, Chambers, owner of Missouri Plain Folk of Sikeston, Mo., met Shaver at the Fox Valley Antiques Show. Selby had assembled an amazing collection of hand-made 19th century game boards and with Tim’s help, the collection grew. In 2001 Tim and Selby published “The Art of the Game” featuring Selby’s collection. It was the first study of the art in this format and remains the foremost book dedicated to the subject of folk art game boards. To celebrate the book’s 10th anniversary at the site of its inception, a 40 percent discount off the book’s retail price will be extended to Fox Valley Antiques Show customers.
An added value, attendees are invited to any of the free, educational 5-Minute Antiques Schools taking place throughout the weekend. Join their expert dealers for an entertaining series of mini lectures including Tim Chambers, “The Art of the Game – Game Boards” by Lee Marks, “Painted Furniture” by and Chuck Atten and “Antique Firearms.”
She show feaures 17th, 18th,19th and early 20th century antiques gathered,
carefully researched and authenticated by 55 “invitation only” dealers
from 14 states. The show
celebrates our heritage by collaborating with its sponsor, Garfield Farm
and Inn Museum in LaFox, Ill. This museum is the only surviving,
historically-intact Illinois farmstead being restored as a working
1840’s living-history farm and inn, a true asset for teaching American
history. “Dig” Garfield Farm Museum’s exhibit of archeological
finds revealing the various types of tools, weapons and household goods
used in Northern Illinois by Native Americans as well as by our first
The spacious new Kane County Fairgrounds facility (directions) with plenty of free parking is the home for this renowned show. Catered lunch with comfortable seating is available. Show hours are Saturday, March 12, 10 – 5, and Sunday, March 13,10 – 4, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles, Illinois (enter on Randall Road between Routes 38 and 64).
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