ATLANTA, GA. — Don Scott and his crew were hosts to more than 2,500 exhibitors at the Atlanta Expo Center the weekend of April 10–13 for Scott Antique Markets. The exhibitors converted the empty buildings into huge stores, selling antiques, collectibles and home décor to the many thousands of shoppers, be they homeowners, decorators or other antiques dealers.
Tracing its roots to the early 1990s, this show has become “the largest, most successful and probably most popular such event in the country,” said Scott during the show. He was also quick to point out that “the shoppers are a young crowd, many of them young people who buy for themselves or their clients in decorating, and dealers can recognize fresh styles these younger people are going after.”
Regular exhibitors were generally pleased with their weekend. Woody Straub, Umatilla, Fla., said, “We sold quite well, and our sales were a good variety.” He reported that he and Nancy sold an early World War I poster of Uncle Sam with the famous quote, “We Want You,” and from the same time period, a similar motif poster but with a woman as the subject. Also selling was an interesting stand in tiger maple with a cherry top, two over two drawers in Sheraton style, early toys, old Flow Blue dishes, several Nineteenth Century dated coverlets and an early quilt.
Selling smalls and some furniture was the story for Paul Bockhorst who came from Cincinnati, Ohio, for the weekend as he does every month. His collection is dominated by the early Georgian furniture in elegant hardwoods. This time, he offered three different bookcase/secretaries. One was about 6 feet wide, divided glass doors on top and paneled doors at the base; next was a setback butler’s secretary with the Regency glass doors on top and drawers, including the butler’s desk drawer. The third had glass top doors and paneled bottom doors in oak from about 1840. Sales included a leather upholstered chair and matching ottoman, several small tables and a plethora of smalls.
Scott Antique Markets is known for its variety. Barbara Hart Antiques has been a regular at the show for many years with the collection of silver she and her husband Carl offer. One of their special pieces this month was an early vase, more than 17 inches tall, in sterling. The Punta Gorda, Fla., dealers also offered silver flatware services and more hollowware.
Roy Leverett, Yesterday’s News Antiques, Alpharetta, Ga., offered as his center piece a fully restored rolltop desk from the late Nineteenth Century. He also had more oak and maple furniture from that time period.
Bennett’s Antiques and Collectibles, Greenville, S.C., was selling early firearms, decoys, fishing tackle and other sporting antiques. His sales included an original Henry rifle and an early 410-gauge side-by-side, double barrel shotgun.
More sporting antiques were available and sold by Max Hand, Charlotte, N.C. His sales included an early percussion rifle and some of his tackle. Hand was selling cork screws as well.
Antiques and Restorations, Barnesville, Ga., is owned by Connie Walker, a second generation antiques dealer who does all her own restorations. Her exhibit featured several examples of her work and early American and English furniture. She sold several small stands and an early Hepplewhite chest.
Small antiques and early collectibles were in Holly Scheve’s booth. From Johnson City, Tenn., she sold several pairs of late Georgian candlesticks, framed artwork and pottery from Tennessee.
After a week selling in Texas, Butte’s Antiques had enough inventory to sell here. Sideboards and several paintings went to new homes. With a home base in Thomasville, N.C., he had not been home for a few weeks but continued his selling in Atlanta.
Kemp Hickey Design, Atlanta, offers more for the decorator than an antiques collector. Its stock is primarily lighting fixtures, table lamps from unusual objects in contemporary styles and a rainbow of colors. Offerings also included some of the industrial pieces popular today, such as steel work tables with casters that would be useful as kitchen or office work pieces.
Classical antique furniture from English Georgian styles made both in American and England in the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries was the offering from Athens [Ga.] Classical Antiques. CJD Antiques, Winchester, Ky., was selling its Georgian furniture as well.
Frances Edwards, Montgomery, Ala., sold her red leather armchairs. She also had early painted furniture in a sky blue set under an abstract painting in similar colors.
The Expo’s South building offers selling opportunities for many country antiques dealers. Cid Paden and Tom Varney, Mapleside Antiques, Titusville, Penn., were selling very well for the weekend. Their sales included an early low cupboard that could have doubled as a workstand in gray milk paint; a tall cupboard in mustard paint, their center piece table in a reddish brown paint and a great many early farmhouse small antiques.
Nearby Tom the Picker from Asheville N.C., offered several children’s rocking horses, furniture and a collection of coverlets.
Tom Nagy, Chelsea Hill Antiques, Hampton, Conn., was here with an oil on canvas of the Madonna and child that he said was from the Seventeenth Century. He offered it along with early Georgian furniture and accessories.
Silver was selling very well for James Young, an Atlanta-based dealer. His sales comprised “an incredible amount of silver [sterling and early plate], including a circa 1775 Matthew Bolton pair of candelabra and many more small pieces.”
The Scott Antique Markets takes place here monthly. always on the second Saturday weekend. The site is two very large buildings, Atlanta Expo Center, North and South buildings, which each house more than 1,000 dealers, along with several hundred more outside. For information, www.scottantiquemarkets.com or 740-569-2800.