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ATLANTA, Ga. – Scott Antiques Market is a trove of unusual discoveries and the Nov. 10-13, 2011 event was no different. One regular visitor to the show, a mailman from the Atlanta area, found an early bed mangle. Mangles are a hand carved and decorated ash boards used to flatten a feather bed.
He also purchased three tanned leather containers, made about 200 years ago to store provisions such as seed or powdered paints, from a Vermont dealer. They trio cost $140 but in fact were worth much more, perhaps as much as $1,000, according to another dealer who appraised them for the buyer.
The event filled its two huge halls early Nov. 10-13, 2011 with several thousand dealers across 3,300 spaces. Shoppers were there early, searching for the next additions to their collections, fresh décor for clients or their own homes or inventories. The weekend included Veterans Day, with local schools and government offices closed, giving many more people the chance to come to this event. According to Show Manager Don Scott “the parking lot was as full as it ever has been and the aisles in our two giant buildings were full as well for most of Friday and Saturday.”
Customers concentrated on buying smalls but many also “stepped up for a good deal of furniture” according to Ohio dealer Kathy Mongenas. She was pleased with their weekend as six pieces of furniture, all early hardwoods found new owners.
A larger number of Northern dealers find their way south in the later months, including Tom Nagy of Chelsea Hill Antiques from Hampton, Conn. His inventory had both early hardwood and softwood furniture. The front piece for this month was a painted blanket chest from Pennsylvania priced at $2,800.
Jeanne M. Tardif of Roswell, Ga. offered a collection of traditional antiques and popular contemporary selections. Her business headquartered in Roswell, a northern Atlanta suburb, includes a large collection of French and English furnishings. Her lamps sold very well at the November show and included many objects repurposed from something else such as the transit tripod at the center of her exhibit.
Steve Winter, the owner of Historic Americana in Atlanta, has been specializing in flags, pennants and other patriotic Americana. For the November and December Scott shows he makes the booth a display for the flags, leaving most of the folk art home, as his customers shop for patriotic Christmas gifts.
Atlanta dealer Barry Inman was showing and selling Federal and Regency furniture: a pair of very large mirrors in bold wooden frames covered in gold leaf sold along with a pair of upholstered arm chairs. He also featured a pair of American Regency/Federal arm chairs ready for reupholstering and a similar sofa. He sells every month from the North Building.
Judy Hair has a place in the back of that building where she can be found every month except for one or two in the summer when she and her husband vacation in Maine, when she shops for additions to her collections and inventory. This month she was selling early furniture and several hooked rugs from New England.
The South Building of the Scott Show began several years after the North Building. With the market already strong when it opened, many dealers took big show spaces which today allow them to show larger furniture collections. Collections of imported furniture from the 19th Century can be found in the larger exhibits there.
The south end of the South Building has become a haven for many country dealers. Mapleside Antiques makes the trip from Titusville, Penn., virtually every month with a big collection of Early American Country smalls and enough furniture to display it all as a room setting.
North Carolina transplant “Tom The Picker” also has a regular space filled with the results of his searching in the Carolinas and at shows and flea markets through the southeast.
“Scott Antiques Market is a popular shopping destination for all these years because there is vast variety and tremendous selection from the several thousand dealers exhibiting here,” Don Scott said. “Our shoppers come here knowing they will have great choices and opportunities to buy the special antiques and collectibles they are looking for.”
The show is the second weekend of every month, 12 months a year, with easy access on Jonesboro Road at I-285 via the Atlanta Beltway.
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