Published: September 28, 2016
Review and Photos by R. Scudder Smith
INDIAN LAKE & BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, N.Y. — There really is no exact time and date for the roadside exhibitors to pop their tents, unload their vehicles and trailers and wait for someone to stroll by and have a look. Some of the early birds arrived on Monday, September 12; others trickled in over the rest of the week, with the largest number of vendors in place as the Adirondack Museum Antiques Show opened on Saturday, September 17.
This year there were more dealers dotting the roadside in Indian Lake than in 2015, and in Blue Mountain Lake the gathering of dealers looked to be about the same as a year ago. Fortunately, the weather was fine, mostly T-shirt conditions, which made it more comfortable to plow through some of the booths, sorting through loaded-high tables and bending to examine a pile of things stacked on the ground.
Is it worth the effort and are there things to be found? The answer is “yes,” because, for the most part, the vendors are full-time dealers and the majority are very familiar with Adirondack material. Sleepers can still be found, bargaining is part of the game and, in the end, most of the transactions result in a happy buyer and a happy seller.
This Adirondack experience is a pleasant time, a combination of street sellers and antiques show sellers, and it is one that is hard to come away from without something to sit on, hang on the wall, put to good use or just hold in your hands to admire. Give it a try, you are going to like it.
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