Treasures abound

Published 5:45 pm Saturday, February 14, 2009

It’s time once again for the annual Suffolk Art League antique show and sale, and this year’s event promises to have something for everyone.

“Most of what we raise at the antique show goes toward our education programs,” said Linda Bunch, executive director of the art league. The proceeds from booth rentals and ticket sales every year fund artist workshops in each middle and high school in Suffolk, which are offered free to the students and the school system.

In addition, the proceeds from the art show help fund lectures, trips to other museums, and art scholarships for students in grades six through 12. The scholarships help students who want to get started in the arts by helping them pay for musical instruments, classes, supplies and other things necessary for the pursuit of any type of art.

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This year’s antique show will be Feb. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at King’s Fork Middle School. Admission to the show is $5. About 40 antique dealers from the mid-Atlantic area will be selling everything from large furniture to jewelry.

The show is a treasure trove of thousands of unique items, said Dixie Peachy, who has chaired the show for the last 26 years. Last year’s show even reunited a woman with a piece of jewelry that had been lost several years ago.

“Somewhere she had lost or somebody stole her jewelry,” Peachy said. “When this lady came to the show, she (a vendor) had her charm bracelet.”

Peachy said it was unclear how the vendor had gotten the charm bracelet, although it likely passed through several hands before getting to her.

“Somehow she got possession of it,” she said. “This lady got her charm bracelet back.”

Many people use the antique show to add to their collections, attempting to get full sets of certain things that have long been out of production, Peachy said. The show also is a good place to complete sets of silver flatware.

This year, the show has brought in a coin dealer, which Peachy suspects will bring in many men. The show also features vendors who can repair chipped crystal and picture frames, make hats from vintage clothing, and construct garden statuaries.

In addition, the KFMS crew will raise money for the school by selling Brunswick stew, barbecue, baked beans and homemade desserts at the show. The show is a great place to come for some cheap entertainment, even if one doesn’t plan on buying anything, Bunch said.

“I’m not an antique collector, but I really enjoy just looking,” she said. “It’s an inexpensive way to spend the day.

“Hopefully you’ll find something you can’t live without.”

Look for a coupon for a dollar off admission in the News-Herald today and later this week. For more information, call 925-0448.