Antiques buffs flock to event

Published 11:38pm Saturday, February 22, 2014

This weekend’s annual Antiques Show and Sale drew a healthy crowd to King’s Fork Middle School on Saturday, and organizers were confident of a good turnout for Sunday, also.

Surry’s Warren and Rosemary Green left the Antiques Show and Sale at King’s Fork Middle School on Saturday with several items. The sale, an annual fundraiser for the Suffolk Art League, continues today. (Matthew A. Ward/Suffolk News-Herald)
Surry’s Warren and Rosemary Green left the Antiques Show and Sale at King’s Fork Middle School on Saturday with several items. The sale, an annual fundraiser for the Suffolk Art League, continues today. (Matthew A. Ward/Suffolk News-Herald)

“We have had a fabulous turnout this morning,” Linda Bunch, executive director of co-sponsor the Suffolk Art League, said at the event Saturday.

“People are coming out with a lot of packages, but I’m not sure what’s in them.”

Surry’s Warren and Rosemary Green emerged from the aisles of vendors clutching five items: an ox yoke, an old tin egg crate, a folk art painted crock, a military binnacle and a copper funnel.

“We’ve come to the event every year since finding out about it,” Rosemary Green said. “We always buy something.”

Michelle Carrasco of Suffolk said she was back at the 32nd annual event with husband Leon for the second consecutive year after not attending for a while.

“We collect things, but we don’t look for anything in particular,” Michelle Carrasco said, though she added: “My husband collects airline stuff, so we got something for him.”

Elsie Brinkley of Nansemond Antiques said she’s had a stall at the event for 31 years. “It basically seems to have more and more attendance from further out of Suffolk,” she said.

Brinkley reported a lot of interest this year in toys and games. “Good collectables are always in demand,” she added.

Father Time Antiques’ Van Worrell, a repairer of timepieces who apprenticed for 2 ½ years in Germany, said practitioners of his trade were “a dying breed.”

Worrell said he had traded at the show on and off for the past seven years, and he said this year’s attendance was “a little better than average.”

Bunch suggested that folks on Sunday could come straight to the show and sale from church, and have some lunch before browsing and shopping the afternoon away.

“We also have Brunswick stew for sale by the quart, if you want to take some home with you,” she said.

The event continues Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Entry is $5, or $4 with a coupon.

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