Published: December 7, 2021
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Steve and Judy Allman greeted their exhibiting dealers and customers again after nearly two years absence at New York State Fairgrounds for the Salt City Holiday Antiques Show. The first of their three shows at this location, the Horticulture Building was filled to capacity with 158 exhibitors. Steve Allman said, “Our audience was really great with a total for the two days more than we had for November ever before, and they were here buying. Art sold well, antique furniture and household accessories and, of course, a lot of Christmas shopping. It was also fun to have the local TV coverage for the show, which I believe was due to the show’s popularity here in central New York.”
Susan Sauvageau’s activity over the weekend was a good example of how sales went. Her collection is a variety of early American household antiques, some furniture and vintage art. One of this Seneca Falls, N.Y., dealer’s first sales was a small painting in the manner of Hudson River School, a mixed landscape scene with fishermen in a small boat and large home in the background.
Robert Lavallee, Baltimore, Md., was having a nice time. Lavallee travels to England once or twice a year in ordinary times just to shop for his inventory. There is no one topic to describe his collection and inventory except to say “smalls,” according to him. It has to fit into a small space for Lavallee to buy it, but then, too, his merchandise is always interesting, i.e., several Nineteenth Century cigar cutters, handcuffs and padlocks from the same timeframe, hat stretchers and all sorts of interesting early lighting gear.
Easter Hill Antiques, Sharon, Conn., sold a Nineteenth Century fall front desk along with several antique hand-stitched quilts. This exhibitor also makes a point of having antique blown mercury glass Christmas decorations at this and other shows late in the year, which sold on this weekend.
Lori Giordana, Rochester, N.Y., fills her display with early furniture. This weekend, however, started for her with the sale of a 100-year-old crazy quilt. By Sunday morning nearly half the furniture in the booth was sold.
Caryn Abrams, Medway, Mass., is a jewelry dealer who could not stop all weekend; she was busy showing customers her collection. One piece among her specialties was a cameo with a 9K filigree gold bezel and cherubs carved into the stone.
Recollections, Canandaigua, N.Y., sold a mahogany dining table, circa 1825. Lara Joyce Antiques, Westfield, N.J., specializes in small silver personal objects along with tea caddies, letter boxes and more Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century games and whimsies. Diane DeVolder, Rochester, N.Y., sold well from her collections of antique jewelry, patch boxes, games and more. Charles Landon, Syracuse, was doing a “land office business” selling a lot from his prime space with largely whimsical objects, such as antique toys and even a bicycle.
During the show, News Channel 9 of Syracuse came with reporter and cameraman to interview Steve Allman about the show for the channel’s 6 pm news program. Allman spoke of the history of the show and also the support it receives from central New York residents.
Allman Promotions has three shows in Syracuse annually with this as the first of the season. Next will be January 15-16, and later in the winter, March 12-13. All are conducted at the New York State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building. Hours are the same, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm; admission is $8 and parking is free. For information, 315-686-5789, 239-877-2830 or www.allmanpromotions.com.
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