“You’ll love it at Lasdon,” proclaimed show manager Vivien Cord in her advertisements for the 28th Labor Day Antiques Fair that was conducted September 3 at the Lasdon Park Arboretum & Veterans Memorial. The gently sloping field was packed with dealers displaying a wide variety of merchandise ranging from jewelry to furniture to Twentieth Century modern collectibles. There was indeed stuff there for almost everyone to love.
A good-sized line of anxious shoppers awaited the opening, yet as with the case of this show, buyers came in steady droves throughout the day.
Unni Wyller, Yonkers, N.Y., displayed a good selection of country antiques, highlighted by an assortment of toys, stuffed animals and other folky figures. Similar items were seen in the adjacent booth of Sage Antiques, Yonkers, N.Y., although a good mixture of country furnishings were incorporated into the mix.
People looking for parts to restore bathrooms in their vintage homes, or just to get a clean retro look, found what they needed at Old House Things, Windsor, Conn., where chrome towel racks, soap holders, faucets were displayed alongside similar porcelain examples.
Peter Raleigh of Splendor in the Glass, Harrison, N.Y., displayed a varied assortment of glassware, ranging from acid-etched vases to Depression-era items. Attracting a lot of attention was a high-quality selection of Roseville pottery, with more than a half-dozen crisp and colorful examples of pots in the Wisteria pattern.
Yrena Edwards, Art of the Attic, Boston, Mass., specializes in Bakelite, and, aside from the usual selection of pins, bangles and necklaces offered, the dealer displayed colorful Bakelite panels from a 1930s jukebox. Twentieth Century items were also popular in the booth and numerous sales were noted, especially for the Norwegian Lotus pattern cookware products of Catherine Holm.
Another jewelry dealer that was attracting crowds of ladies to her stand was Vintage Retro, New York City, where a selection of Chanel, Bulgari and Hermes jewelry was displayed alongside of estate watches, such as a Rolex and Movado.
Larry Butchen, Wantagh, N.Y., is a mainstay at the Lasdon show, and on display was a good range of country store displays, early tools and brass locks, boot scrapers and trade signs.
There was a crowd of approximately 20 people waiting in line for appraisals that were being handled by New York State auctioneer William Jenack.
The next event for Cord Shows will be the annual Stocking Stuffer Show on December 16 in Cross River, N.Y. For information, 914-273-4667 or www.cordshows.com .