SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market April 12–13 was a big success at its regular monthly edition, according to show manager Steve Jenkins. Held at the Clark County Fairgrounds next to I-70, the show featured buildings filled with antiques and about another hundred dealers outside, all benefiting from one of the first beautiful weather weekends of the year. “The weather was a great inducement for shoppers for we had really good crowds; and good sales were reported by the dealers,” Jenkins said.
As frequent shoppers in the Northeast, D&G Oyler Antiques, Grove City, Ohio, has a very New England look to its collection, offering early painted wooden antiques. Unloading the van Saturday morning, Gary Olyer sold a collection of wooden bowls, several crickets and a plant stand. One customer bought seven pieces from the collection, including several buckets and even the bucket bench.
Brenda Tumeo, Sunbury, Ohio, was offering a large collection of Ohio stoneware made over the last 200 years. Her sales included quite a few crocks and other kitchen tools and bowls.
Eastlake and Victorian furniture is the stock and trade for John Downing, a Belle Center, Ohio, exhibitor. He was pleased with this month’s results, selling one of the Eastlake dressers, with a marble work top and mirror, along with several other pieces of furniture and small odds and ends.
Clocks and other small things were all that Bill Faith brought to the show this month. The pillar and scroll model he displayed prominently was a Seth Thomas with a Terryville, Conn., label that he said was circa 1850. Faith also sold a couple showcases first used in stores for cheese and pastry.
Exhibiting for the first time in Springfield, Reggie Smyre, Pittsburgh, Penn., was selling well from his lighting collection. He reported sales of several chandeliers from the first half of the Twentieth Century and also several wall sconces, all electric pieces that had been reconditioned. He also sold some Midcentury Modern furniture, most notably an early reupholstered chaise lounge.
Split Rail Antiques, Charleston, West Va., sold its painted furniture and accessories for the porch and patio this month. A “regular” at the show, owner Al Garten changes his inventory to meet the season.
Another frequent exhibitor at the show, Dee Kennedy, Yellow Springs, Ohio, was pleased with the show’s results. She was quick to point out that the date was changed from its usual due to Easter [The show is usually the third Saturday weekend] so she thought the sales were good for her in spite of the date change. She sold a small ladder that was a part of her display, an early copper bucket, primitives and small antique accessories.
Across The Channel Antiques, the business of Sally and Leroy Davis of Tipp City, Ohio, sold a collection of early small copper utensils and early wood and silver. Springfield dealer Mary Lewis sold early tools and some of her Nineteenth Century oak furniture. Jeannette Huelsman, Kettering, Ohio, was offering small textiles, including an interesting hooked mat depicting an early cottage, probably English, about 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Gisele Sasser of Cleveland sold linens for the ladies and dining room.
Eastman Antiques is three generations of antiques dealers from a small Ohio town, Mount Victory, about 40 miles north of Columbus. Ronnie Eastman and his father and adult son collect their inventory and sell from their shop there and at the Springfield show. Together, they never miss the May and September Extravaganzas and they usually find the time for a few of the seven other shows there. This month they took an outdoor space to show a collection of early American furniture. Sales were good, especially in old painted pieces: a table and two chairs, the gray painted cupboard and several other pieces of painted furniture, along with several porcelain signs, sold, according to Ronnie Eastman.
The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market happens nine times a year, March through November on the third weekend except for June–July when it is the last weekend of June and this year when the April show it would have been in conflict with Easter.
The May 16–18 and September 19–21 shows are the Extravaganzas with more than 2,500 exhibit spaces booked by the dealers with typically about 20,000 shoppers on the grounds for a three-day event. According to the show’s co-manager Janie Murphy, there are a limited number of spaces remaining available for the May show. For additional information, 937-325-0053 or www.springfieldantiqueshow.com.