Mixed bag of weather ends with heavy rain at Centreville, Mich., show

A mixed bag of overcast skies, wind and sunshine ended with heavy, blowing rain at the Centreville, Mich., Antique Market at the county fairgrounds on June 8. Luckily, the major portion of dealers had packed and departed before the downpour.

“I think the threat of bad weather hurt our dealer count,” said show promoter Bob Zurko, adding, “I was pleased, however, with the crowd of buyers.”

It was the second time at the fairgrounds for James Cullison, who drove nearly three hours from Yorkville, Ill., showing first at the season opener in May. Many people stopped at his booth to admire a 16-inch-tall 1930s Majolica pitcher with full relief flowers and leaves, priced $125. Also catching attention was a Royal Firenze 13-inch-tall tankard with tavern maid illustration for $55.

Kim and Sally Snyder traveled from Lygnet, Ohio, bringing along a 1913 Model 442 red brass working cash register that was “fresh from an old store basement in Fostoria, Ohio.” The 21-inch-tall register could make change at your place for $795. At the same spot, what was described as a 4,000-6,000 B.C. birdstone, 5 1/2 inches long, was priced $1,200 and an archaic knife, 4 1/2 inches long, 6,000-8,000 B.C. could grace your collection for $125.

“We’re doing good today,” said Jack Nutt, Coldwater, Mich., who hosted a booth with wife Judith. He pointed with pride to a 1910-era amberina thumbprint 8 1/2-inch-tall water pitcher, $160, and a 1910-era cranberry enamel pickle caster for $485.

Musicians with stringed instruments on their collecting list were drawn to the selection offered by Lanette and Mark Roberts from nearby Three Rivers, Mich. A large selection of guitars and violins were offered from $4 to $65 and one bass fiddle for $500. Mark Roberts said he “has purchased over 1,000 instruments this year” and decided to set up at Centreville to “show some support for the local event.”

“It’s a step up from using the rock down at the river,” joked Carol Lindsey, pointing to an early Adams wood washing machine with hand-crank handle. The machine was tagged at $325. The dealer, from Delton, Mich., posted “sold” signs on a pair early 1900s 3-foot-tall coffee bins rescued from an old grocery store about 35 miles from the fairgrounds. The bins, in very good condition, brought $165 each.

Frank and Karin Milliman, Burr Oak, Mich., presented an early tin construction Golden Orange Ade dispenser, complete with original coils inside, for $795, and upwards of 300 pins and jewelry pieces, circa 1940-50s, priced from $1 to $200. Glancing at the jewelry display, she said, “I’ve got a ton more at home.”

“It’s just a three-minute drive home for me,” said Barbara Gordon of nearby Nottawa, Mich. Small fry and adults alike stopped to check over her 1950s children’s stroller, complete with two lifelike plastic horse heads on the front. The kiddie ride could keep your youngster happy for $125.

Calling his offerings “affordable and collectible,” dealer Robert Howard set up at the fairgrounds after driving from Kalamazoo, Mich. A 1960s Italian vase, 13 inches tall with floral pattern could be taken home for $35, and a 1960s gold carnival glass bowl, 10 inches in diameter, was priced at $40.

Vintage sporting goods along with fishing and hunting items filled the booth of Bruce and Trenetta Smith of Battle Creek, Mich. A 24-inch by 36-inch black and white photo of famous bowmaker Fred Bear, “thought to have come from an old hardware store,” could hang at your place for $290. Next to the mounted photo, a selection of bows from the 1950s to 1970s were offered for $50 to $150 each.

Many peope stopped to look over, and rock, an early 1900s 44-inch-long oak two-person rocker, with press-back wood design, shown by Lowell and Lydia Cender, L & L Antiques and Collectibles, priced at $350. The couple also offered a three-piece 1930s metal and mesh 24-inch-tall swag lamp set for $325. Lowell Cender said “sales are slow, but we’re enjoying the day,” adding, “these people are top of the line promoters.”
Several other dealers echoed Cender’s comments giving high marks for show management but reporting soft sales.

The Centreville Antiques Market is entering its third year under the direction of Bob Zurko, Zurko Promotions who lowered booth rents to assist dealers who now pay $75 for an indoor space, reduced from $90, and $60 for an outside space, compared to $75 last year.

Zurko said he made the cuts to stimulate business and “help dealers relieve some gas pains.”

Already looking toward the 2009 season, he stated, “We’ll be back next year, I guarantee it.”

The Centreville Antiques Market runs the first Sunday of the month through October at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in Centreville, Mich. For more information call (715) 526-9769 or visit www.zurkopromotions.com.