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Eye on the Extravaganza: 5 views of Corydon

Looking for a place full of hot happenings of the antique and vintage type? It looks like Corydon Extravaganza in Corydon, Indiana is a place to check out.

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, from 'The American Notebooks,' 1842

Mr. Hawthorne speaks the truth; and what better way to spend an autumn weekend than a place where there are antiques and collectibles. The Corydon Extravaganza is such a place. This year’s Extravaganza will take place Oct. 28-29 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon, Indiana.

Enjoy a virtual visit to the Extravaganza...

To get in the spirit, I’ve gathered a few views from past Corydon Extravaganzas. Along with a few interesting facts inspired by the items shown.

Carving Out Time for Corydon

Corydon carver display

All photos courtesy Corydon Extravaganza,

Antiques, collectibles, and vintage objects share space with handmade artisanal merchandise, musicians, and wood carving artists at the Corydon Extravaganza, an advertising partner of Antique Trader. The event takes place at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. This is the site of the oldest county fair in Indiana held in the same location. It’s been 157 years and counting.

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Inside or out — it doesn’t matter — there are interesting pieces everywhere. The pair of ready-to-be-repurposed chairs brings a smile. The glass sundae cups reminds of summer afternoons at the ice cream shop. The buckets holding the flowers make for a striking item on a front porch.

Highlighting History

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Did you know on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus is home to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum? The quilts, vintage textiles and even potato sacks displayed in this vendor booth at the Corydon Extravaganza brought to mind the Quilt Study Center. Vintage textiles continue to draw interest from collectors around the globe.

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Pickin' Possibilities 

The fusion of pieces from various periods and styles is trending. With items of folk art, Americana and primitives represented in this view from a past Extravaganza there is a nice variety from which to choose. To learn more about primitive pieces and market interest, read this article by Eric Bradley, public relations director for Heritage Auctions and author of several antiques and collectibles references including the Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide.

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Archaeological research has uncovered evidence of baskets within Egyptian pyramids and pottery used by ancient civilizations. A lot has changed since people figured out how to weave. Using natural fibers to create devices for carrying and transporting items. Baskets continue to serve their original purpose, but that's not all. Along with being an item of decoration and decor, and the object of collectors’ delight.

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