Published: November 29, 2011
Scott Antiques Market, a monthly happening that fills 3,300 exhibit spaces in two enormous buildings with antiques, collectibles and décor items, was overflowing with customers on the November 10‱3 weekend.
On Friday, November 11, originally Armistice Day and now Veterans Day, schools and government offices were closed, which gave many more people the chance to come to this event, billed as the largest show of its kind in the country. The parking lot, according to show manager Don Scott, was as full as it ever has been, and the aisles in the two giant buildings were full as well most of Friday and Saturday.
Customers concentrated on buying small antiques, but many also “stepped up for a good deal of furniture” as confirmed by Kathy Mongenas of Mongenas Antiques, Loveland, Ohio. She was pleased with her weekend, as six pieces of furniture, all hardwoods, found new owners.
Jeanne M. Tardif, Roswell, Ga., offers a collection that is not just traditional antiques, but different items popular with the contemporary buyer. Her business, headquartered in a northern Atlanta suburb, includes a large collection of French and English furnishings. Her lamps, which sold very well at the November Scott Show, included many objects that had been repurposed from other objects, such as the transit tripod at the center of her exhibit. She endeavors to have pairs of table lamps made from other objects, which she sells at about $450.
Steve Winter, the owner of Historic Americana Co., Atlanta, specializes in flags, pennants and other patriotic Americana. For the November and December Scott shows, he makes the booth a display for just flags, leaving most of the folk art home, as his customers come for patriotic Christmas gifts.
Dick Verciglio, also from Atlanta, offered his collection of art pottery, which included Rookwood and Roseville examples from about 1900. His wife set up in the same space, and offered fine jewelry.
King Art is an art gallery from Milwaukee, Wis., whose owner, Katherine King, comes to a Scott show each month. In November, her favorite offering was an ink on paper drawing by F. Leger, which carried a $25,000 price tag.
Atlanta dealer David Herndon recently changed the name of his business to Tennyson Antiques Inc, but he still specializes in early fine china and porcelain. This month he also had a modest collection of furniture, including a pair of early arm chairs.
Hazel Giles, Glenville, N.C., was busy throughout the weekend selling little things, but a lot of them. Her setup included a large showcase with jewelry and valuable trinkets, and several tables and walls covered with early antique accessories. One table was devoted to her collection of brass candlesticks.
David Drummond, Lititz, Penn., and Bruce Rigsby, Lancaster, Ky., were sharing several booth spaces in the North Building for the weekend. According to Rigsby, their sales “were okay during the show, but David also had good follow-up sales.” Working together is beneficial to both, as there is a great deal of labor in the show setup, and sharing also allows the dealers to shop while their exhibit is worked by the other. Rigsby said they both found several good pieces for their inventories while there.
In the South Building, John and Wanda Joiner, Newman, Ga., filled their exhibit area with a collection of country antiques. At the south end of that building there is a monthly gathering of dealers who offer country style, thus creating a market within the market, according to several of them.
Bob and Betty Daigle, Country Squire Antiques, were at the show from Fall River, Mass. It is about 1,200 miles and they were happy to have made the trip. Sales were good from the early opening Thursday, with furniture selling to dealers and home decorators.
Barry Inman, another Atlanta dealer, was showing and selling Federal and Regency furniture. A pair of very large mirrors in bold wooden frames covered in gold leaf sold along with a pair of upholstered arm chairs.
One customer was very pleased with his purchases. A postman from about 50 miles away, he is a regular shopper at the show, looking for special and unusual objects to add to his collection. This time out he purchased three leather containers, about 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep, believed to have been tanned with iron ore or a similar metal, and estimated to be 200 years old or more; he paid less than $200 for all three. As these appeared to be Native American, according to another dealer on the floor, their value was estimated at $500 each.
“Scott Antiques Market has remained a popular shopping destination for all these years with a vast variety and tremendous selection from the several thousand exhibiting dealers,” Don Scott said. “Our shoppers come here knowing they will have great choices and opportunities to buy the special antiques and collectibles they are looking for.”
The show is the second weekend of every month throughout the year. For more information, 740-569-2800 or www.scottantiquemarket.com .
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