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KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Light showers did not dampen any of the spirits at Renninger’s Kutztown Extravaganza April 26-28, 2012, with about 400 exhibitors and several thousand shoppers on the opening day. Held three times each year on the site of the family-owned farmers market, this antiques show harkens spring in the East with tents and open-air sheds, as well as two connected heated buildings which serve as theaters for the antiques which are displayed and sold in the three-day affair.
Jim Renninger said after the show, “We had really good traffic in spite of less-than-perfect weather. The dealers said they were selling well and we had nearly full capacity with the pavilions and buildings sold out of space.” The crowd on opening morning was so big they were in three lines awaiting the 10 a.m. opening with the parking lots filling to the street.
Dealers were generally in agreement with Renninger, offering very upbeat comments. Cid Paden, exhibiting with his business partner in Mapleside Antiques, Tom Varney, said, “This was the best Kutztown we have ever had; sales included some furniture, smalls, early lighting and more.” From Titusville, Pa., they were offering a collection of early American furniture and early household goods.
The Engelmann’s had been absent for several years but for this return to the show, their results were “very pleasing, as we sold one quilt early, replaced it and sold that one, too.” Their sales included a child’s toy from the 19th century known as a limber jack or Hamplemann, a doll with flexible arms and legs and a stick on the back allowing the child to make it dance.
The show, while dominated by early home furnishings typical of 18th century Pennsylvania, has much more to offer the shoppers. Black Swan Antiques, Spencer W.Va., was showing their extensive collection of Czech glass including table service pieces and some decorative objects.
A double booth in one of the pavilions was filled with mid-century collectible glasses, each with a different cartoon character painted on it. The exhibit was the business of Brent and Carl Sehnert, a father and son team from Memphis, Tenn. and Sunrise, Fla. respectively.
From Charlestown, W.Va., Jerry Adams brought his collection of early oil and kerosene lamps. One showcase was filled with skater’s lamps, while another display was just railroad signal lamps
Country Lady, Saratoga, N.Y., offered their collection of early advertising, primarily focusing on the early containers.
Ira Wheat Antiques and Home Furnishings, Saylorsburg, Pa., was showing furnishings from colonial times through the Art Deco style. Early oak furniture was offered by Kevin Pebbles, Oneonta, N.Y. Butch McGrath, Scituate, Mass., brought early New England furniture and a collection of antique Persian rugs.
Dave Irons from nearby Northampton has never missed an extravaganza. This time he was showing many small antiques, but his prize was an early punched tin coffee pot with tulip decorations. In excellent condition, it was tagged at $5,500.
For dealers who are unable to set up shop in the show, Renningers has a very large consignment section. Manned by several employees, there was space for furniture, some smaller things, including baskets, and several showcases for the valuable very small antiques. The area was very busy Thursday morning, with furniture getting new owners and more people examining the smalls.
Antiques markets have been a part of the Renninger’s business since 1975, and as such, the shows are a very popular destination for the exhibitors and shoppers, too.
Kutztown is located midway between Allentown & Reading just off Rt. 222. The shows are at 740 Noble St., Kutztown, PA 19530. The Extravaganzas are three times each year with the next one scheduled for Sept. 27-29, 2012. For more information call 570-385-0104 or visit the show’s website.
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