2007's "JUNE FESTIVAL OF ANTIQUES"
A show with more than 100 dealers participating.
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For one sunny day on June 9th the focus of antiques in the Delaware Valley was on the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Just under 100 dealers from throughout the Northeast and Middle Atlantic set-up under pavilion roofs and in fields for a return show after a 20 year hiatus. The show was promoted by The Yellow Garage Antiques Marketplace of Mullica Hill and The Coffman’s Show Promotions of Great Barrington, Massachusetts and was a benefit to The Harrison Township Historical Society.
"The show had an excellent mix of dealers and merchandise" commented Steve Lipman, who owns The Yellow Garage Antiques with his wife, Tracy Dodge. "There was something for every taste and level of collector. The field had everything from country to formal. And there were reports of several 'sleepers' being found out there. The four pavilions also had a great mix of country, folk art and formal. The range was from large furniture to affordable smalls, and everything in between. People remarked that a lot of the booths had room settings like an indoor show. I have to give the credit to the dealers for a smooth set-up and making this show look so great."
Some of the items that sold off the Fairgrounds early were a Fort Edwards, NY 4 gallon stoneware crock with a bird on branch decoration in cobalt blue, a New Egypt, New Jersey sampler date 1817, several Pennsylvania blanket chests, a round pine 19th C. tavern table in green, and several cupboards, trade signs, and other decorated stoneware. An early South Jersey arm chair made by the Ware family from Roadstown also sold, along with baskets, Staffordshire pottery, art pottery, decoys, hooked rugs and oil paintings.
A majority of the dealers reported good sales. A 19th Century apothecary chest along with other furniture was sold by Boggs Boynton of Clarksboro, NJ (a.k.a. Stevens Antiques of Frazier, Pa.). "Boggs" had a stunning corner double booth well stocked with large furniture, folk art, and rarities.
George Allen and Gordon Wyckoff of Raccoon Creek Antiques of Oley, Pa. reported that they sold furniture and smalls, including an 18th C. leather fire bucket to a local collector. It was sort of a homecoming for George. Before he moved to PA, he had a shop in Bridgeport, NJ, only about 10 miles from Mullica Hill. He said he made several contacts, old and new, and is looking forward to returning next year. Ken and Jan Silveri of Hamburg, Pa also had an excellent show. Their booth had a lot of classic country antiques against a backdrop of wonderful quilts. They sold a paint decorated sled and a "Jersey Coffee" store bin, among other things. Bucks County Antique Center dealers Richard Lackman and Glenn Hart brought county furniture and smalls and both said they had a good show. Kurt Engelmann of Long Valley, NJ reported sales of several big ticket items.
In pavilion #1, there was a strong contingent of Maryland dealers including Paul Thien of Firehouse Antiques in Galena, Jacqueline Walker of Aberdeen, MD, Donald and Barbara Osburn "The Old Board" of Easton, George and Carol Meekins of Country Treasures, Preston, Marilyn Klompus of The Chestertown Antiques Mall (a.k.a. Plum Lucky Folk Art & Americana) and Nancy Holleny of "Granthum 1863", Denton, MD. Paul Thien liked the idea that they were grouped together making it easier to attract potential clients down to their Eastern Shore shops. And Carol Meekins remarked that "we were home in only 2 hours" after the show, and said they’ll be taking a double booth next year. George and Carol travel all over the country to do shows and were pleased to find a country show closer to their Eastern Shore headquarters.
The dealers that had traveled the farthest were Doug and Diane McElwain of Goldsboro, North Carolina. They trade under the name of "Sport and Spool Antiques" and were set-up with a great display of their vintage sporting goods specialty. The McElwains were heading up to Cold Spring right after the Mullica Hill event to do the New York show the next day.
There were quite a few Yellow Garage dealers that set-up at the show. Len and Mary Benson, Irongate Antiques had an elaborate booth displaying everything from Deldare pottery to Civil War artifacts to fine art. He brought a wonderful and very large silk and linen sampler that drew a lot of interest. Ellie Ayscough had a corner booth in the second pavilion and sold across the board. Gloria and Randy Irion said they had an excellent show, and afterwards remarked about the diversity of locations of the patrons addresses on their bank checks. Wayne Gotwals brought country furniture and smalls including early lighting and redware. He was pleased with his results. Image specialist Craig Pflug brought a huge assortment of 19th C. Dags, ambrotypes and tintypes. Another Yellow Garage alumni, veteran dealer Roger Crawford of Stony Run, Pa. remarked that his sales were good- about what he has done lately at most of his other good shows, such as the "Big Flea" down in Virginia. Gordon and Normandy Schell also reported good sales. They had an extensive collection of Period furniture, fireplace iron, copper, brass and early English china, along with some county baskets and other primitives. Other Yellow Garage dealers set-up were Linda Murry and her son Chris Swanson, Harold and Eileen Arena, Sam and Brenda Priem, Anthony Puca, doll specialist Louise Sleeter, and country dealer Todd Kibler. The Priems offered a Havana, NY stoneware jug with a large slip-trailed fish decoration tagged at five figures that had many dealers and patrons attention.
Other Mullica Hill dealers, Jim and Judy Salvino of "The Front Porch", set-up in pavilion 4 and said they sold four pieces of furniture. Jim said it was the first time they had ever done a show. They remarked how their shop was really busy too. The downtown Historic District of Mullica Hill was only a mile from the show. The town’s businesses were inundated with show patrons all day.
Tracy Dodge deemed the show "a huge success" and said that many dealers were already asking for the same space next year. She said she will be working with the 4-H to secure the Fairgrounds for 2008.
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