In gearing up for the August 11-17 Madison-Bouckville Antique Week in Bouckville, New York, Antique Trader had a chance to speak with John Mancino, president of Madison-Bouckville Promotions. Mancino shares the details of the largest antiques and collectibles show in the state of New York, and why it’s a “must-attend” event.
Antique Trader (A.T.): The Madison-Bouckville Antique Week is considered by many to be a mainstay within the antiques and collectibles show circuit. Tell us how this popular show came to be more than 40 years ago?
John Mancino (J.M.): Madison-Bouckville antique show was started over 40 years ago by a group of friends who were trading antiques. They got together on an abandoned air strip on Route 20 and had a swap meet; the rest is history. It grew into the largest outdoor antique event in New York State, attracting more than 2,200 vendors, and we get 60,000 people in our town in the course of our show. We sell out every hotel and motel in Madison county and some surrounding counties.
Madison-Bouckville Promotions was established in December 2010. We are a not-for-profit organization, founded to revitalize and promote the economic, trade and cultural experiences of the famous Madison-Bouckville Antique Show. We are the officially recognized promoters of the show and have the support of Madison County Tourism, I Love New York, The Town of Madison and Madison County.
A.T.: What special amenities and new features will visitors find at Madison-Bouckville? What’s the parking situation like? Are shuttles available?
J.M.: Since 2010, we have grown the show to be one week long. All fields on the street and under the Madison-Bouckville Promotions group are free to get in, with thousands of quality antiques and vendors. We have a lot of quality food vendors as well. Clean bathrooms and a free shuttle that will take you up and down the street, stopping at fields along the way.
There is plenty of parking, some free, some collect money for local charities and non-profit organizations, and there are a couple that charge to park.
A.T.: How many show fields are there, how many vendors do you expect at this year’s Antique Week and what type of items are routinely found during Antique Week? If someone is interested in setting up at Antique Week (even if they aren’t able to set up for 2014), what advice would you give them?
J.M.: There are approximately 13 show fields under the Madison-Bouckville Promotions group. We expect thousands of quality antiques this year, as in the past. Anything from furniture, cut glass, primitives, advertising, toys … you name it.
If someone is interested in setting up here, they should go to our website, www.madison-bouckville.com, look at the show field members map and choose a field, then just click on the fields link and contact the owner of that field. They can always contact the group by email, as well.
A.T.: What are some of the memorable moments from Antique Week’s past — which separates this show from other antique shows?
J.M.: I think one of the things that separates this show from others is the enormity. It is a huge show with lots to see and do. It takes at least a full day or better to see it all if you’re shopping.
A.T.: Insider tips are always appreciated by attendees, especially first timers. What are a few pieces of advice you have for attendees?
J.M.: One of the tips I always give is wear comfortable shoes! There is a lot of walking to do and you want to be comfortable.
Also, be prepared for any type of weather. It can be hot and humid or warm and wet. August in Central New York is unpredictable. One year it rained for two days straight. It didn’t stop the show or the buyers; by all accounts it was one of the best Bouckville shows in history.
A.T.: If you were to explain the Madison-Bouckville Antique Week experience to someone who’s never experienced it, how would you describe it?
J.M.: One word to describe it: Awesome. It is a week-long extravaganza of quality antiques and vendors. All free to attend! If you love antiquing you don’t want to miss this show!
The show location is RT. 20 in Bouckville, NY 13310. Show hours are from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (some fields are open earlier and some stay open later). We have a unique situation with so many different fields that you can come early and stay late. More information on the Madison-Bouckville Antique Week can be found at www.madison-bouckville.com.