Hey ya’ll! Do any of you have a case of the winter “cabin fever” blues, like I have? I’ll tell you…I’m enjoying my maternity leave and spending time with baby Sunny Grace, but being locked up indoors during the cold winter months is tough!! If you are looking for something to do, how about marking your calendars for some cool upcoming antique shows? Here is a smattering of some events coming your way:
The 66th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
This has always been one of my favorite events! I spent much of my childhood in Raleigh, N.C. and have fond memories of going to the Raleigh flea market at the state fairgrounds with my mother. This antique show is indoors and features more than 125 vendors selling quality antiques and collectibles. However, as an added bonus, you can go for a stroll around the fairgrounds and hit up the flea market as well. I purchased my first piece of antique furniture at the fairgrounds when I was in my early 20’s. It’s a small oak farm table, that now resides in my kitchen. I still love it today as much as I did when I was 21!
Where: Exposition Center, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road
When: March 7th, 8th and 9th (the next show is July 18th, 19th and 20th)
For more info, visit: www.antextofnc.com
The Richmond Antiques Extravaganza
Don’t want to drive to Raleigh for some prime antique pickin’? Stay close to home and attend this show in Richmond, VA. I hadn’t attended this show in years and went to the show in January. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection…lots of quality primitives, advertising and jewelry. I saw more antique/vintage sterling silver and turquoise jewelry then I had seen in years! Prices ranged from moderate to very high end…so there is something for everyone.
Where: The Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue
When: April 11th, 12th and 13th
Need more info, visit: www.antextofnc.com/richmond_April_antique.htm
The Richmond Antiques Spectacular
I haven’t been to this show yet, but have heard that it’s a nice, mid to upscale antique show. You’ll probably see similar items at this show as the show at the Raceway, so my advice would be to pick one, not both, to attend. This show is just 15 minutes north of Richmond…so if you’re going, why not stop in the quaint town of Ashland for lunch! My recommendation? Stop at Homemades by Suzanne near the old railroad tracks and then drive just mile down the road to Hickory Creek Antiques.
Where: Meadow Event Park Center, Exhibition Hall in Doswell, VA
When: March 22nd and 23rd
More info here: www.renaissancepromotions.net
The D.C. Big Flea Market
Don’t feel like driving south? I’ve got a show or two for you to attend heading north, up the East Coast. I have heard from other dealers that this is a great place to grab a deal…lots of vendors, lots to treasures to select from. For a really good write up about this event, skip on over to The Pink Samurai.
Where: Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151
When: March 1st and 2nd
Get the scoop here: www.damorepromotions.com
Heartland at Howard County Antique Show
Attention serious early american folk art collectors!! This is the show you do not want to miss. If you are very particular about what particular items you add to your collection, then you probably want to go to this show. One day only…and only features 85 top notch exhibitors that specialize in 18th and 19th Century furniture, accessories and folks art.
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland
When: March 29th, 9am – 4pm
More details here: www.heartlandantiqueshow.com
The 54th Shenandoah Antiques Expo
I saved my favorite for last! Just two hours south west of Richmond, VA, this big show does not disappoint (you can read about it here). Not only is there tons to see inside the Expo Center, there are even more treasures to sift through outdoors! It’s a beautiful ride past Charlottesville, through the mountains and if the weather is nice, I promise…it will make for a great day! Wear some good walking shoes, grab a hot dog and bring some cold hard cash!
Where: Expoland, Fishersville, VA, I-64 (exit 91) in the Valley, near Waynesboro and Staunton
When: May 9th and 10th, admission is $10 the first day and $5 the second day
Plan your trip: www.heritagepromotions.net
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