Suffolk Art League displays antiques

Published 9:46 pm Saturday, February 26, 2011

Antique Show: John Eck and Michael Baklwin shop at the 28th Annual Antique Show and Sale at King’s Fork Middle School on Saturday.

Collectors, antique dealers, jewelers and folks who just appreciate beauty met yesterday at the Suffolk Art League’s 28th annual antique show and sale.

“I love to look at pretty things,” said Daphney Teele.

Teele was not alone. Hundreds of people gathered at King’s Fork Middle School to buy, sell, and browse collectibles, tea sets and china, photographs, paintings, silver, crystal, furniture, baskets, quilts and linens, regional memorabilia and a variety of knickknacks.

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Customers came from near and far to visit the show. They were looking for a variety of wares, from antique medicine bottles to elephant statues, from fans to jewelry, and more.

Customer Michael Hodges came to find medicine bottles and glass figurine bottles made in the 1920s and ‘30s to hold candy. He found a cure bottle from the 1800s and a figurine bottle at the show.

Hodges, a Virginia Beach resident, was excited to find everything under one roof.

“At least you don’t have to drive all over to find antiques,” he said.

Customers like Valerie Baker and her mother came to the show to get an idea of what their antiques and collectibles are worth.

“We have some antiques,” she said. “We came to see what they have, and what it is worth.”

Some folks came more to spend time with family and friends.

“We have been waiting for an antique show,” said Frances Bean. “My daughter and I love to come.”

In addition to the merchandise, vendors who repair crystal and porcelain and restore frames were on hand.

“I had come here several years ago and bought a few things,” said customer Leslie Wells, who was there with her husband. “If you were to just pay to get in, just to look, it’d be worth it,” she said.

The show will continue today from noon to 5 p.m.