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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Besides acres of quality and diversity, antiques dealers and shoppers found perfect weather for the Springfield Antiques Show & Flea Market, Sept. 17-19 although there was a big storm that blew through Sept. 16 when the dealers were in line (and selling to early bird shoppers).
There were a lot of set ups and not a lot of empty spaces. Many shoppers were carrying packages, although most seemed to be smaller packages. Large items didn’t appear to be selling as fast but most of the antiques dealers sounded upbeat. ?
Several primitive workbenches were seen at the show, but this one offered by American Eagle Auctions, Circleville, Ohio, was one of the nicest and carried a price tag of $995. Spotted midday on day one (Friday), if the popularity of the other workbenches was any indication, it was likely to sport a “sold” sign by show’s end.
Friends and Bluffton College coworkers Julie Krupp and Cindy Luginbuhl, both of Bluffton, Ohio, love to buy and sell shabby chic on their time off and had a number of yard longs and other late 19th century pictures for sale at their booth. Krupp (left) is shown holding a Wilson Spice framed picture titled “Meditation” priced at $115 while Luginbuhl is holding a Pabst Lady yard long priced at $185.
An 1850s child’s sideboard found in southern Virginia was an eye-catcher in the display of Barbara and Jerry Sharp of Some Sharp Antiques, Hendersonville, Tenn. Made of pine and still wearing its original hardware, the piece was priced at $495. The Sharps, who specialize in children’s furniture and accessories, kitchen items, blue and white stoneware and holiday items also offered for sale a child’s kitchen cabinet, circa 1880, with all original pine and a unique tin shelf inside for $295; and a large assortment of Ohio Art children’s tin ware.
Gary Chandler of Conneaut, Ohio, collected toys for some 20 years and amassed over 1,000 toys, mostly pressed steel, windups and a handful of mechanical banks. Some 200 to 300 toys are still in their original boxes. Upon retirement three years ago, Gary and his wife Sandy began selectively selling off the collection, along with other items they find in their shopping excursions. At the Springfield extravaganza they offered an 1883 Dark Town Battery mechanical bank for $2,500. Another unusual find in their booth was a 14-piece Jeanette Junior Pretty Polly Party Dishes in original box that included four sets of matching plates, cups and saucers with cream and sugar jars, all pink depression glass and in like-new condition. The set was priced at $325.
Jack Dixey of Canfield, Ohio, is a political memorabilia collector and dealer and a board member for the Ohio Political Items Collector Club. But in addition to political items, he offered character items for sale at Springfield, including this early 1930s Mickey and Minnie Mouse priced at $750 and $650, respectively.
Paul Smith of Over Hill Over Dale, Harlan, Iowa, came with a large display of early stoneware, yellow ware, country, kitchen collectibles and salesman’s samples. Smith is shown with three crocks dated from the mid to late 19th century, left to right: Norton (Massachusetts), priced at $550; Ballard (Vermont), $300; and White (New York), $1,300.
His booth also had a salesman’s sample wringer washer priced at $500.
Smith had an early and unusual start to his selling career. Sixteen years ago, he was working as a professional chef and spending his spare time shopping for antiques. He was having so much fun with his hobby he quit his job and went into antiquing full time. He hasn’t looked back. He prepares for 36 shows a year from Colorado to Maine, Michigan to Tennessee. From Springfield, one of his top three favorite shows, he was headed home after spending the last 13 of 15 weeks on the road.
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