Weather always affects the Hildene Antiques Show. On July 12, the weather remained clear of rain for the first time in many years and buyers did not feel the need to seek shade because the humidity remained low. The day made for an unhurried atmosphere as attendees strolled the rows of merchandise displayed at the meadow portion of the Hildene estate.
The show opened at 8 am for early buying. Dealers are asked to not unload their merchandise before then so early buyers can get a first chance at the merchandise. Tents, props, tables and showcases are set up before the opening hour.
The gate was constant the whole day and many dealers reported terrific sales. Sales occurred right up until the last minute of the show because there was a horse show in town during the day and customers ran over after their event closed for the day.
Hilary Nolan of Falmouth, Mass., had a sale 20 minutes after show closing when attendees from earlier in the day returned when they determined that they just could not do without a bench Nolan had brought to the show.
Smalls, architectural items, linens, hooked rugs, stoneware, and paintings appeared to be the “hot” items of the day.
Next year the Forbes & Turner show will return to Dorset, Vt. The Hildene show is held on the even years while Dorset is held on the odd years. For information, www.ForbesandTurner.com or 207-767-3967.