I had never heard of Fishersville, VA until just a few years ago…which is strange, because I’ve lived in the state of Virginia for half of my life. A couple of years ago, I started hearing the whispers, “Are you going to the Fishersville show?” between antique dealers while I would peruse their shops. The whispers would grow louder in the spring and fall. Then my mother started asking me about an antique show in Fishersville, VA…which I knew had to be good because the woman lived in Charlotte, NC. How was she hearing about it? What was this mystical place? Finally, my curiosity had the best of me.
My Heart Belongs in Fishersville
In the spring of 2011, my mother-in-law and I decided to take the trip to the Shenandoah Valley area to check out the show on a Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day and a lovely drive near Charlottesville to the town of Fisherville, VA. When we pulled off the exit and onto the highway, we saw a handwritten sign on a flimsy piece of poster board strung against a guard rail…I knew this was going to be good.
Whoa. Whoa, whoa, whoa. It was like a pickers heaven!!! For those that don’t know about this AMAZING event, it’s official name is the Shenandoah Antique Expo. It’s hosted twice a year by Heritage Promotions and is held at the Augusta Expo Center. There are over 300 dealers (for the for-real collectors) located inside the expo center, whose prices range from moderate to what I like to call “wowzers” expensive. For example, I seriously debated about purchasing a walnut settee from the late 1700’s with original rose head nails, that was a steal priced at $700 – and then I also saw a giant English stepback cupboard that made my jaw hit the floor, which was priced at $15,000.
Outside the expo center are hundreds of other dealers who have small tents set up with their merch, as well as those that pull up in a rusty truck that morning with fresh pickin’s ready to sort through. I should also add that there is 4 large barns with dealers set up as well. One of the items I did purchase came from one of these barns – a 1940’s cottage style wrought iron settee with cushions for my front porch. Most of the items I scored from the outside vendors…ironstone platters, garden accessories, wreaths and other smalls. My mother-in-law purchased a beautiful antique basket and 19th century firkin from the dealers inside the expo center.
What else did we see? Fine Virginia made primitives, antique garden items, bible boxes, quilts, antique french religious relics, shabby-chic items, advertising…I could go on and on. What I truly love about this event is that there is literally something there for everyone and at every price. One item I’m sad that I passed on was an a sign from a bar from the late 1800’s that said “No Horses Allowed.” I know…that was stupid of me!
This Year’s Show
Mark your calendar’s now because this year’s spring show is being held May 18th – May 20th. The gates open at 10am on Friday and it costs $10 for early bird admission (ticket good for three days). Saturday and Sunday open at 9am and costs $5.
I am still amazed that I hadn’t really heard of this event before, but now that I’ve gone…I’m a fan for life. Nothing can beat a beautiful day, a cold lemonade in one hand and a hot dog in the other, while haggling for that one new treasure you just can’t live without!
Will you be going to the big show this year? If so, maybe I’ll see you there!
Copyright 2012. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.