YORK, Penn. -- The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another antiques and collectibles victim with the canceling of The Original 175th Semi-Annual York Antiques Show & Sale this September, organizers announced.
Originally scheduled for September 18 and 19, show manager Melvin Arion said the focus now turns to the 176th edition of the popular antiques show, tentatively set for January 29-31, 2021.
"It's best for everyone concerned," Arion said of the show's cancelation. "Customers, dealers, staff, there are a lot of people to think about. We just have to concentrate on getting back to normal times, whenever that is."
Although canceling a show means a financial hit for everyone involved, Arion is confident the tradition of show will prevail longterm. "We're the mecca for antiques in York County," Arion said.
Long considered one of the premiere antiquing events in the mid-Atlantic region, the event traditionally features 18th and 19th century American and English furniture, American country pieces in original paint, early china and glassware, 18th and 19th century silver, Chinese Export porcelain, antique toys, Oriental carpets, pewter, estate jewelry, quilts, English samplers, textiles, early kitchen and fireplace accessories, Navajo rugs, Pueblo pottery, baskets, Native American artifacts, historic American militaria, and much more.
“The show highlights the most desirable items on the market,” Arion said. “We’re very well known for folk art and original art. Silver and gold items, as well as jewelry, are always in demand.”
The pandemic has forced the cancelation of such stalwarts of the show calendar as Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, The Round Top Antique Fair in Round Top, Texas, and hundreds and hundreds of other events across the country. For more information on the York Show, visit www.theoriginalyorkantiquesshow.com or call Arion at 302-542-3286.