Antiques In The Church Yard

 SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. — For 21 years now, Vivien Cord has spent the Fourth of July running her well-known market, Antiques in the Church Yard, outdoors at the Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church at 8 Shady Lane at Route 123. “This is my last year,” she said on the Fourth, while seeking some shade under the tent at the dealers’ entrance to the grounds.

“I will miss my exhibitors, and the loyal fans we have at this show, but we have passed the ownership on and will be taking some time off in the future,” she added. But on that Thursday she was at the church grounds just after 5 am, directing the early dealers to their spots on the field and assisting when a couple of them got stuck in a soft part of the grass. And to add to a few of the frustrations of the day, the temperature exceeded 80 degrees by 8 am.

There was a nice crowd waiting to get into the show by the 9 am opening time, and the 85 exhibitors were set up and ready. “Unlike some of my recent shows, furniture sold well at this one,” Vivien said. She added that “attendance was strong,” and cars were still pouring into the yard at 10:30 am, starting to fill the second large parking lot.

Having frequented this show for a number of years, it is safe to say that the show looked its best this time around. There was good variety, dealers seemed to have brought more, and presentation was interesting and effective. One of the perks of the show is a pancake breakfast that is served by the church from 9 to 11 am, all for $6 per adult or $4 per child. The church also runs a special booth filled with attic treasures, potted plants, pies and many things that people were just trying to get rid of.

Vincent Rowan of Fenwood Studio, Mahopac, N.Y., sold a desk, a primitive blue painted cupboard and a few other pieces of furniture. Marie Bradly was busy selling linens and glassware, and Suzy was busy all afternoon making deliveries.

From a nice shaded spots under large maple trees, Iron Renaissance of Damariscotta, Maine, offered several sets of wrought  iron patio furniture, including benches and a cast iron urn filled with American flags, while Fionda Art & Antiques, New Ipswich, N.H., showed a large pair of snowshoes that well exceeded the height of the entrance to the main large tent.

A nice set of four yellow painted and decorated Windsor side chairs was offered by Hirsh Antiques, Pleasant Valley, Conn., and Vintage Waves of Windsor, Conn., had a nice selection of baskets and treen. A wood-carved and painted figure of Uncle Sam pointed the way down one of the aisles from the booth of Town and Country Antiques of Westchester, while a composition snowman stood at the front of the booth of  Blue Shutter Antiques, Montgomery, N.Y.

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