A tale of 2 antiques shows: St. Christopher’s, Oakland Museum

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A tale of 2 antiques shows: St. Christopher’s, Oakland Museum

A tale of 2 antiques shows: St. Christopher’s, Oakland Museum

This is a tale of two sales. One small, one large. Both are beloved.

The 47th annual St. Christopher Ladies’ Guild Antiques Show happens Jan. 27-29. With fewer than 25 vendors on hand, this is a cozy event but one that draws quite a crowd.

Wisely, planners see to it that there is a wide array of merchandise on parade. Among the sellers will be Bonnie Garza with vintage clothes and accessories by makers like Hermes and Judith Leiber. Christine Woodward shows furniture and small treasures. The people from Golden State Phonographs have disc and cylinder-style phonographs.

Veteran merchants Barbara and Sal Falcone will display coins, paper money and “mantiques” — militaria, sports items, tokens, plus vintage San Jose memorabilia. Berkeley expert Elizabeth Norris offers vintage posters, and Sylvia Davis specializes in silver.

Look for goodies galore on view from longtime sellers Martha Bedford, Debra Anderson, Jim Dyer, Carol Robichaud, Eduardo Massa and Cherie Gronnel.

Once you finish shopping, it’s time to indulge in lunch or dinner. The menu boasts savory Italian dishes, plus a to-die-for pepper-steak sandwich. Save room for mud pie, if you dare. And don’t forget to head to the Pavilion Tent with its flower and garden shop, gifts and home-prepared cakes, jams and their famous waffle cookies, pizzelles.

Once more, I’ll take part. On Jan. 27, I will greet visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. On Jan. 28 at 1 p.m., I am giving a program titled “Let’s Talk Antiques: Where We Stand in 2017.” Then on Jan. 29 there are free evaluations of one keepsake per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make an early-bird reservation for the 10 a.m. hour with a $10 donation; call Chrissie at 408-755-0273.

You’ll find St. Christopher’s at 2278 Booksin Ave., San Jose. Show hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 27-28. Restaurant open until 9 p.m. On Jan. 29, the hours will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $6. Details: antiqueshow@stchrisladiesguild.org. All monies raised benefit parish, school and community outreach programs.

— The other sale I want to crow about is gargantuan. It’s the Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant Sale on Jan. 29.

This shindig is actually a preview of the “real thing” held March 4-5. Each year, organizers allow the public an opportunity to shop early. Savvy shoppers arrive in hopes of super deals. And they snag them in spades!

The merchandise — all of it donated to help the Oakland Museum of California — is organized and displayed in an oversize warehouse. You might think you are in a department store, with overhead signs leading customers to furniture, art, books, jewelry, toys, sporting goods, clothing, tools, silver and china, garden items and more.

A volunteer shows a customer a ceramic statue from the 1930s during an earlier edition of the annual White Elephant Sale in Oakland, whose proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)A volunteer shows a customer a ceramic statue from the 1930s during an earlier edition of the annual White Elephant Sale in Oakland. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

While the sale occurs near the Fruitvale BART station and a free shuttle service is provided, I know some people will undoubtedly wish to take their own vehicles. Just know that parking is very tight. Since you’ll have some distance to cover, wear supportive shoes. Bring a water bottle and a tote. And you get a bonus: You’ll make new pals waiting in line to check out. Be patient.

The “Preview Sale” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 333 Lancaster St., Oakland. For $15 advance tickets, go to www.whiteelephantsale.org. Tickets at the door, $20. Children under 12 admitted free with adult, but no strollers are allowed. If you have donations, call 510-839-5919.

More show news

— You’ve got until Jan. 15 to take in the wondrous and hugely popular LEGO exhibit at the Museum of American Heritage. Ogle the trains and miniature cities at 351 Homer St., Palo Alto. Admission: $3 per person (cash only). Hours: 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Friday-Sunday. No strollers. Details: 650-321-1004, or www.moah.org.

— Sadly, the legendary biennial event that benefits Stanford’s Cantor Museum of  Art acquisitions fund will end after this spring’s show. Dubbed “The Last Hurrah,” the Treasure Market art and antiques event will happen with great fanfare one last time — March 31, April 1 and 2.

I’ll have more information as the dates draw near, but for now, the committee is still accepting donations of artwork, china, crystal, silver, jewelry, collectible books, linens and carpets. Donations may be dropped off from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through March 22 at 3585 Haven Ave., Suite C, Menlo Park. Details: 650-468-1724. If you’d like to volunteer, call 650-326-4533.

Contact Yvaska at steve.yvaska@sbcglobal.net.

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Published at Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:00:48 +0000