Sunny skies greet shoppers at Centreville, Mich., market

Sunny skies greeted shoppers spilling onto the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds at the Centreville, Mich., Antique Market on June 14.

Some folks stopped to check out a 1920s brass 28-inch-wide chandelier with “over 100 glass prisms” rescued from an old Illinois church and priced at $650 by Lowell and Lydia Cender of Goshen, Ind. At the same spot, a handmade yo-yo quilt, constructed by Lydia of old material, took “a year to assemble working on and off” and could grace your bed for $375.

First time Centreville dealers Mark and Donna Stryker drove to the show from Fort Wayne, Ind., bringing along a pair of vintage rubber-tired children’s cast metal and wood pony carts that were said to have been used on an old carnival ride. The two contraptions, with original paint, could delight your kids or grandkids for $500 for the pair.

Antique shoppers and decorators alike checked out three pairs of 1930s original paint 12-inch by 26-inch wooden corbels from an old home offered by Clark Diesel of Old Codger Antiques, Coldwater, Mich., and priced at $65 a pair. He also pointed out two sun-bleached steer skulls offered for $18 each. Reflecting on today’s antique economy, he said, “It’s a tough market – if you have decorator stuff, it seems to work.”

veedol sign“That would look dandy inside or out of my home,” commented one shopper, pointing to a 5-foot-tall cast iron lawn jockey offered by Ron Staley of Delton, Mich. The recently repainted life size figure was priced at $650.

Sewing collectors checked out the velvet covered turn of century sewing kit, with fancy mirror and six bone-handled accessories offered for $85 while toy enthusiasts pawed over a group of World War II military Tootsie Toys priced $12 to $38. Both were displayed by Pam Kellehan and Dan Gutekunst of Jackson, Mich.

“Collectors and dealers are still buying quality items,” said Chris Carlson, who set up with wife Barb to show an 1820s 16-inch-tall milliner’s model papier mache head with wood and kid body priced at $225. Still others checked over their 12-inch-tall 1890s blonde haired china head doll priced at $195.

Jeff Guise traveled about an hour from his home in Reading, Mich., to display two matching 1865 Walnut Rococo Revival chairs with original fabric and priced at $200 for the pair. The furniture dealer also offered a 1910 oak fancy pressed design top secretary with die-cut top for $425.

An unusual combination of vintage advertising along with quality jewelry filled the booth of Jerry and Janet Badarak. A 3-foot by 5-foot canvas Veedol Motor Oil sign (shown at left) could be hanging at your place for $1,200, while a carved mastodon bone, Arizona turquoise and solid sterling silver bracelet could be purchased, and worn, at the show for $2,400.

Another advertising sign, a 1940s neon spelling out “prescriptions,” was “fresh from the basement rafters of an estate sale,” according to dealer James Cooper of Grand Haven, Mich. It could light up your place for $275. Also offered was a 1940s American Bisque 7-inch-tall Bank shaped like an Indian Tipi. It could hold your loose change for $60.

An early raised metal 3-inch-tall New York winged design pin-type badge could be purchased for $20 from Jerry Cameruci of Richland, Mich. The dealer also showed off a selection of collectable board games including a Milton Bradley Game Master Axis and Allies boxed set, also priced $20.

Looking for early 1900s Warwick china? If so, a stop at the booth of Ron Zudima of Perrysburg, Ohio, would have been in order. A Fraternal Order of Eagles pitcher and six mugs could be wrapped and purchased for $275, an 11-inch-tall bulldog decorated pitcher was yours for $125, and a 16-inch-tall example with horse illustration was tagged $115.

“That’s a nice buy,” said one dealer, pointing to a 27-inch-tall 1910 era Ingram Mission Oak pendulum clock priced at $110 by Mark McKee of Golden Key Antiques. At the same spot, a complete 1880s butter churn with original paint could crank out the golden spread at your home for $95.

Sales reports from dealers at the show ranged from the usual “great sales” to “a slow-paying crowd,” with many stating the lower priced items were most likely to sell.

This season marks the fourth year at Centreville under the direction of Bob Zurko of Zurko’s Midwest Promotions.

While some folks say the season got off to a soft start, the promoter said, “It’s slowly turning around,” calling attention to 125 dealers set up at the June show compared to an average of 100 last year.

What’s on the horizon at Centreville? Zurko added, “There’s been a lot of interest already in the Civil War Show held as part of the October 11 market.”

The Centreville Antiques Market runs the second Sunday of each month during warm weather months at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in Centreville, Mich.

For more information call 715-526-9769 or

Photos by Jack Kelly.