Antiques show continues Sunday

Published 9:50 pm Saturday, February 24, 2018

Everyone was happy on Saturday as the first day of the Suffolk Art League’s 35th annual Antiques Show and Sale got into full swing.

The show lasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by noon, the lot at King’s Fork Middle School was packed and vendors like Bruce Bowles of D.B. Bowles Jewelers said they had already paid for the booth and were working on profit for the rest of the two-day affair.

“We had a good start this morning,” Bowles said, adding this is his third year participating. “This is the busiest I’ve seen it out of the three years.”


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Suffolk Art League Executive Director Linda Bunch said the show was a success despite the unseasonably warm weather that might have drawn folks to outdoor activities.

An antique piggy bank is one of the items for sale at the Suffolk Art League’s 35th annual Antiques Show and Sale this weekend.

“I’m always afraid when the weather’s too nice in February,” she said. “But it’s been a beautiful day and a great show, and we’re all happy.”

Bunch said vendors hailing from a geographical range from Georgia to Maryland were in town to participate.

Vendors Pete Perry and Beckie Perry were among those who came from out of town, but they’re no strangers to Suffolk. They used to live here in the 1960s.

They later had an antiques shop in Hertford, N.C., for about 20 years.

“Now we just do shows occasionally,” Pete Perry said. “It’s going pretty great.”

Kay Jernigan was enjoying a reminisce as she looked at handmade quilts and other linens.

“This brings up memories from days gone by — memories of my grandmother and my great-grandmother,” she said.

Vendors at the show feature a variety of items including crystal, china, jewelry, artwork, furniture, knick-knacks and more. Clock repair by Father Time Antiques and crystal repair by Art Glass of Tidewater are available.

The Peanut Pals — a nationwide organization of collectors of Mr. Peanut and Planters Peanuts merchandise and memorabilia — is also on site for the show. President Scott Schmitz said many folks who grew up in Suffolk or worked at Planters were enjoying the memories brought up by the collection, much of which was available for sale. The collectors were also open to buying Planters-related merchandise that folks brought in.

The show takes place again from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the middle school, 350 Kings Fork Road. Admission is $6, and concessions ranging from barbecue plates to Brunswick stew are available for low prices.