Published: July 12, 2022
BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – The dealers and customers continue to build two small towns in New York’s Mohawk Valley as the place to come for great antiques and collectibles shopping. Conducting its spring show Friday through Sunday June 3-5, Madison-Bouckville’s 14 show fields were covered with more than 1,500 exhibitors. There are no specific methods to count the numbers of shoppers as all the fields have free admission but judging from the parking some of which is charged and some free, the lots were full early Friday carrying many thousand shoppers to the great collections for sale.
The two annual Madison-Bouckville antiques markets: spring, which just took place, and the summer edition, which is scheduled for August 15-21 – have become well known as great sources for fresh antiques, especially in the styles from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. This is in large measure due to the great many exhibitors that do not travel too far from upstate New York with their collections. It creates an environment at the two markets where the shoppers, some who are homeowners but also a great many dealers from other areas to seize never-before shown treasures for their homes and inventories.
This first weekend of June the little towns were overflowing with shoppers buying as if there was no limit on spending.
Cheri Charboneau, together with her husband Bob, said their good sales began with unloading Thursday afternoon. “We began [selling] as soon as Bob opened the truck. It hasn’t stopped yet, so we are really pleased!” Coming from Honeoye Falls, N.Y., they collect throughout the year and sell primarily at the two Madison Bouckville shows from a large exhibit space in Cider House Show Field along with a few other shows in Northern New York.
Syracuse exhibitor Steven Phillips was selling from his collection of Twentieth Century furniture and accessories. Furniture by known midcentury designers was selling well at his Cider House exhibit.
Elizabeth Allan Antiques, Churchill, N.Y., has been erecting their own tent to best exhibit their diverse collection of antiques and home décor. Through most of Thursday and Friday, owner Elizabeth Allan was busy explaining the merchandise and completing sales.
Mohawk Arms, another of the 14 show fields had John Lord and Sons from Maine on the street with their eclectic collection of late Nineteenth Century advertising and store fixtures. The Lords also found an interesting carved statue of a baseball player.
Indian Acres pitched shared tents for many of its exhibitors. One tent during this show was filled with early antiques and collectibles for the toy collector.
Mark Anthony, Brimfield, Mass., is strictly antique Persian rugs. For Madison-Bouckville, he was on the front lawn at Trading Post.
Out Front Show field is among the larger fields on the street with more exhibitors: about 100 exhibit spaces for the August show and just a few less in June.
The Depot is one of the shops open most of the year. During both of the Madison-Bouckville shows they forego parking in their front yard lot and fill it with exhibits, about 20 total with early Nineteenth Century furniture and accessories as the primary focus.
The exhibits extend from the center of Bouckville on Route 20 east for about a mile toward Madison with a couple scattered show fields in that village as well. Hotel accommodations for exhibitors and shoppers are in Utica, Hamilton or slightly more distant to Syracuse. There are also many camping sites in the area.
For more information go to www.madison-bouckville.com for contact information regarding each field.
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