Thursday, November 10, 2011

The main antique shows in USA

Brimfield Antique Show

Held along a one-mile stretch of Route 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, this legendary event boasts 6,000 dealers specializing in everything from affordable Bakelite bangles to high-end Victorian parlor furniture. (May 10-15, July 12-17, September 6-11)

Springfield Antique Show

Although the event’s held the third weekend of every month, the number of vendors at the Springfield, Ohio, fairgrounds swells to 2,500 in May and September. Likely finds: advertising signs, Midwestern pottery, vintage fashion, and painted furniture. (Third weekend each month)


Scott Antique Markets

Plan a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to attend one of these gigantic indoor shows. Held monthly, Scott’s boasts more than 2,000 vendors and loads of hard-to-find antiques from a variety of eras and regions. (Second weekend of each month)

Country Living Fair

Held in Columbus, Ohio’s charming Ohio Village, our very own annual festival plays host to some 200 vendors. Meet the artisans and craftspeople, listen to live music, attend cooking demos, and mingle with our editors. (September 16-18 2011 in Columbus, Ohio and Oct 21-23 in Atlanta, Georgia)


Marburger Farm Antique Show

Industrial art, architectural remnants, and 19th-century antiques abound at this popular, 350-plus dealer show in Round Top, Texas, which kicks off a few days after summer’s official close. (March 29- April 2)

Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Expect fabulous views of San Francisco, as well as antique garden statuary, Art Deco furniture, and beautiful vintage textiles and ephemera at this sprawling 800-dealer show held on California’s decommissioned Alameda Point Naval base. (First Sunday of each month)


Dixon’s Furniture Auction

Each week, auctioneers sell thousands of items at this event in Crumpton, Maryland — from $10 necklaces to $10,000 case pieces from the 19th century. If you get hungry while exploring the 25 acres of auction tables, Amish cooks are on hand to provide hand-rolled pretzels, hearty breakfast foods, and farm-fresh cheeses at the on-site Crumpton restaurant. (Every Wednesday)

Brooklyn Flea

This bustling New York City market features pottery, midcentury furniture, and vintage home accessories, plus new crafts by area artists and locally made chocolates, cheeses, and baked goods. (Every Saturday and Sunday 10am-6m, through March)

Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market

Spread across the tarmac of the local airport in Santa Monica, California, this open-air show features beautiful antique furniture and home accessories, including Art Deco lighting and Victorian-era armchairs. For breakfast or lunch, stop by the sit-down Spitfire Grill. (First and fourth Sunday of each month)

Ventura Flea Market

Situated 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Ventura, California promises great antiquing. In addition to Main Street, which features 20 antiques shops, four times a year, the town hosts a huge flea market with over 500 vendors. (March 27, June 5, September 25, November 27)

Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antiques Show

If you’re patient, you’ll discover fantastic finds like vintage fabrics, 1930s record players, and iron garden furniture at this 1,000-dealer Bouckville, New York show. And don’t miss the great deals the week before, when local vendors sell all manner of collectibles along Route 20. (Autumn Antique Show October 22 & 23 2011. Winter Antique Show January 21 & 22 2012)

New Hampshire Antiques Show

Admirers of fine American antiques — Federal sideboards, Windsor chairs, Chippendale sofas — won’t want to miss this small (68-vendor), carefully curated exhibition in Manchester, New Hampshire. (August 11-13)

First Monday Trade Days

This enormous monthly flea market often attracts 300,000 visitors to Canton, Texas, where up to 7,500 vendors fill 28 miles of tables stocked with everything from antique jewelry to farm equipment to tube socks. (First Monday of every month)

Raleigh Flea Market

Known for its reasonably priced antiques, collectibles, and treasures-in-the-rough, this 600-vendor market takes place at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds every Saturday and Sunday.


Sandwich Antiques Market

At this Sandwich, Illinois market, the large, parklike fairgrounds are split in two: one side for newer crafts and flea-market items; the other for 19th- and 20th-century antiques and collectibles (all of which must be at least 20 years old). When you get tired, take a break underneath the 100-year-old shade trees. (June 20, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24)

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Mount Dora Antiques Center

These weekly festivals in Mount Dora, Florida, offer visitors three ways to browse the antiques of 200 dealers: along the quaint “Street of Shops,” inside the cool (air-conditioned) antiques building, and at tables casually arranged outside on the lawn. Don’t miss the third weekend of the month, when 100 additional dealers join the ranks. (Every Saturday and Sunday)


West Palm Beach Antiques Festival

At this monthly, 200-vendor show, held from November to June in West Palm Beach, Florida, you can find true gems, such as antique photographs of Florida, Federal-era furniture, and a huge assortment of English transferware. (April 1-3, May 6-8, June 3-5 2011)

Hawaii All-Collectors Show

Head to Honolulu to peruse one of the world’s largest collections of vintage aloha shirts, hula-girl memorabilia, and other Hawaiiana. (July 22-23)

Farm Chicks Antique Show

Some 150 vendors meet in Spokane, Washington for this bargain-filled show known for its vintage kitchenware, painted furniture, and fashion accessories. (Saturday June 4 & Sunday June 5)

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Sparks Flea Market

Tiny Sparks, Kansas — population 9! — hosts crowds of up to 75,000 twice each summer, with 450 dealers displaying a range of antiques and collectibles at great prices. (April 28-May 1 2011)

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days

This gigantic market in Oronoco, Minnesota, has 1,200 booths jam-packed with all manner of priced-to-sell antiques. (August 19-20)

Shaker Village Antiques Show & Sale

You’ll find exquisite 18th- and 19th-century Shaker baskets, furniture, and wooden stacking boxes at this event on the grounds of the Shaker Village in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. (June 18-19)


World’s Longest Yard Sale

Patient pickers will find anything from used garden tools to bona fide antiques at this 654-mile-long extravaganza, which follows Route 127 from West Unity, Ohio, to Gadsden, Alabama. (August 4-7)


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