MULLICA HILL, N.J. — All eyes were on The Weather Channel as tropical storm Andrea raced up the East Coast the first week of June, dumping 4 inches of rain on southern New Jersey the day before the 7th annual June Festival of Antiques. “Luckily, the rain stopped at 3 am, just three hours before set-up,” stated Steve Lipman, who promotes the show with his wife, Tracy Dodge, who are also co-owners of the Yellow Garage Antiques. “As it was, the weather turned out good on Saturday, with just a brief passing shower in the afternoon. The fairgrounds drained amazingly well. Our dealers had visions of trucks stuck in the mud and huge ponds, but, by show opening, everything was nice and dry. The antiques show gods were with us,” Lipman said.
More than 60 dealers were set up under four open-air pavilions and outside on the lawns of the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds on June 8 for the one-day event. By day’s end, most of the dealers stated that they had had a good show and were pleased with the turnout. “The show has always had a steady crowd throughout the day. By around 10:30, the fairgrounds were inundated with hundreds of shoppers, and that held up for most of the day. We had a very good gate.” stated Lipman.
Some of the dealers at this year’s event included George Allen and Gordon Wycoff of Raccoon Creek Antiques of Oley, Penn. Wycoff stated that they sold well, including a unique wooden rotating sewing chest in original red paint. Right next door was Peter Bourque of Melissa Bourque Antiques, Garrison, N.Y. Bourque had a great display of country smalls, folk art and original oil paintings and said he had another good year here.
New to the antiques show business but not new to antiques was Daniel Caucci of Doylestown, Penn., who trades under the name Back in Time. Caucci had a mix of items, including a pair of early Nineteenth Century portraits, a signed paint-decorated York County, Penn., blanket chest, a pair of early Spanish brass candlesticks, a painted Dutch spoon holder and a Navaho rug. Caucci was also happy with his results.
Under one of the pavilions was first-time festival dealer Stephan Boyer of Finish Line Collectibles, Columbia, Penn. Boyer had an amazing display, which included trade signs, carnival wheels, advertising, a pair of old furlong markers from a horse racing track, a few sailors valentines and an early 1900s freezer with advertising from a seafood store. He said he had a good show and will definitely return next year.
Eight of the dealers set up at the show were from the Yellow Garage Antiques. South Jersey stalwarts Sam and Brenda Priem of Time Traveler Antiques had two spaces — one inside and one outside. Sam Priem said they sold equally well in both spots, including a pair of Durand lamps and some sterling. Anthony Puca of Me ‘n My Partner racked up some big numbers with primarily estate jewelry, and Todd Kibler of Country Antiques Two said he sold some good smalls, including an early stoneware jug attributed to Clarkson Crolius and an early 1900s folk art penguin.
Bobbie and Jeff Britton had a display featuring American flags for a backdrop to their country furniture that included a painted dry sink and a signed Philadelphia fanback Windsor chair. George Hawriluk brought an eclectic mix of country and formal furniture, stained glass and smalls, including some Twentieth Century toys. Hugh Alan Luck of Pine Street Studios brought a lot of things out of his personal collection, including some English sand timers, an early tavern sign, a large early walnut spice chest and some oil paintings. Luck said he sold well at the setup and show.
Michael Bittner, another Yellow Garage dealer, was pleased, having bought and sold well. And rounding out the Yellow Garage group was Marilyn Klompus of Chestertown, Md., who trades under the name of Plum Lucky Antiques. She said she bought and sold well and was happy to be back in Mullica Hill.
Maryland dealer Jackie Walker returned this year and reported good sales, including a Hepplewhite one-drawer sewing stand in the original paint-decorated surface. The stand had a cloth slide-out bag below the drawer and was signed by the maker on the underside. Langhorn, Penn., dealer Linda Grier said she had a good show. Grier deals in country furniture and smalls and said she made many sales, including some early lighting, an incised stoneware jar and some early wrought iron.
Don Osborne of the Old Board, Easton, Md., said he always sells well at this show — having done all six prior June festivals — but this year was his best ever. He said his only problem would be finding more inventory for upcoming shows.
Marianne Kuzmenchuk of Walker Valley Antiques said she had an excellent show. Her booth had a huge selection of Halloween collectibles, cast iron doorstops and teddy bears. For years the dealer did shows with her uncle, the late George Walowen of New York City. Larry and Joan Frankl of Margate, N.J., seemed to have non-stop selling, as there was a crowd hovering around their booth all day perusing their tabletop showcases filled with small treasures.
The June Festival of Antiques is conducted once a year and benefits the Harrison Township Historical Society. For more information, www.yellowgarageantiques.com or 856-478-0300.