This article was originally published in Antique Trader
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DENVER – Brian Lebel’s Old West Show returns to the Denver Merchandise Mart Expo Building June 22-24, 2012, for its 23rd annual weekend dealer show and sale.
Once a small event in Cody, Wyo., the Denver Old West Show now boasts more than 200 dealers and exhibitors from around the world. Thousands attend to buy, sell and trade authentic cowboy and Indian art, artifacts, collectibles and fine merchandise.
Show dealers with antiques are required to sell authentic items that are accurately represented; contemporary artists and craftsmen must make their own goods. Merchandise includes custom leather work, fine art, vintage posters, Native American antiquities, jewelry, vintage and modern clothing, furniture, antique firearms, fine cowboy and horse gear, spurs, boots, books and more. The show is the largest of its kind in size and scope, and features more diverse and more contemporary dealers than are commonly found at Western antique shows.
Denver Old West Show general admission hours are June 22 from 2-6 p.m.; June 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and June 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 per person, per day. Parking is free. Early buy-in is available for $60 and allows entry beginning with set-up on Friday morning at 8 a.m. Sunday is the 2nd annual “First Responders Day,” with free entry to anyone presenting military, police, fire or paramedic ID.
Saturday night after the show is the Denver Old West Auction, beginning at 5 p.m., which features more than 350 lots of Western art, antiquities and collectibles, and includes a number of rare and historic Old West items.