Published: August 2, 2016
Review and Photos by Tom O’Hara
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. — On the banks of Onondaga Lake across from Syracuse, N.Y. — on the quieter side with the large county park and beaches — more than 100 antiques dealers gathered under the supervision of Steve Allman and his crew for the three-day weekend July 22–24 to offer their antiques and early collectibles. According to Allman, almost 4,000 visitors enjoyed the show, and it was a big success again for the 33rd consecutive year, offering a beautiful setting, good weather and great shopping.
The Buffalo Gals are actually three separate dealers in one large tent, good friends who have been exhibiting at this show and others for many years. Pauline Kalenik from Buffalo, N.Y., was selling her collection of small silver incidentals, including specialty servers, such as lemon forks and dessert spoons, early Twentieth Century porcelain serving pieces and some jewelry. She said some of her carnival glass sold as well to many of her customers who were repeat buyers from prior years.
Next to her, Kathy Delling, the second of the Buffalo Gals, was selling both costume and estate jewelry, as well as kitchenware, including early Pyrex and glassware and early porcelain. Delling said at this show she saw an increase in young people in attendance and that she had sales in “girly things” from her inventory.
The third member of the Buffalo Gals is Jackie Berg, even though she now lives in nearby Amherst, N.Y. Her sales included similar antiques and collectibles but also some depression glass and more porcelain. She said that jewelry was also her best seller for the weekend.
Hooches Antiques of East Syracuse, brought a truckload with great variety from the dealer’s nearby shop. Offerings this weekend included a centennial set of ten Chippendale chairs, Oriental rugs, textiles from the first half of the Twentieth Century and even a 125-year-old typewriter.
Mark Anthony, East Hampton, N.Y., has been doing this show for many years with his collection of antique and vintage Oriental and Persian rugs. As he was set up, he was concerned about rainstorms forecast for each afternoon, so some of his supplies were still in the truck, but easy to pull out for interested shoppers.
American cut glass and pattern glass were the primary focus for Louise Epolito from Syracuse. Wayne Pennell, Cortland, N.Y., could start anyone on a large collection of Nineteenth Century cast iron penny banks, for he had a great many on offer. Steve Roshia, Lyons, N.Y., was selling tools to build a post and beam barn from the Eighteenth Century, including the drill press used for the pegs.
Phil Welch from nearby Jamesville, N.Y., offered an inventory that was a mixed collection of antique furniture from the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries and decorative accessories, coordinating with that a large assortment of vintage industrial furniture and equipment. He said sales included an early sale of an unusual industrial stool with a back, several drafting stands and more industrial materials. Then, too, he sold some traditional furniture and a good quantity of small decorative accessories from the last 150 years.
Nineteenth Century advertising was popular with several exhibitors. Tony Mullins, Cicero, N.Y., made his booth into a pantry closet filled with all the original containers for kitchen products. However, if it was not to be found there, just one more booth away a shopper could have found what they were looking for at Ellen Unger’s. The Berwick, Penn., dealer was offering a similar collection. And nearby Tim Lincoln from Rochester, N.Y., was selling an original store sign from 100 or so years ago.Depression glass was available from Henrietta, N.Y., collector and dealer Donna Hatch. Her offerings included many of the smallest pieces, such as nut dishes and candy dishes.
Chinese export dishes were the biggest part of Dannette Darrow’s offering. Her collection has grown over the years to be among the largest in Rose Medallion and Rose Mandarin, but this Binghamton dealer also carries more Orientalia.
Allman said he was pleased with the results for the weekend, although he added that he would like to have more dealers again next year as the event is a benefit for the Onondaga County Park Authority, which operates the lakeside park.
The promoter’s next show is his biggest of the year, the Big Field Antiques Show, Madison-Bouckville, N.Y., August 19–21, just about 30 miles from this location, so this show is for him a warm-up providing good publicity to the visitors for his 350-400 dealers on Route 20 for the big weekend later this month.
For additional information, www.allmanpromotions.com or 315-686-5789.
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