It’s a new year. And Bay Area collectors kick it off with a pair of sales that have long captured the hearts of antiques enthusiasts.
The 48th annual St. Christopher Ladies’ Guild Antiques Show happens Jan. 26-28. With fewer than 25 vetted vendors, this is truly an intimate event.
Wisely, the planners see to it that there’s a diverse array of merchandise. You’ll view sterling silver in a host of patterns, lots of choice vintage posters, lovely porcelains and dazzling jewelry. And that is only a portion of what is on parade.
This year Don Phelps — he has been dealing in American Indian art since 1982 — will be at the show. Returning are merchants Bonnie Garza and Blue Moon Antiques with all types of vintage clothes and accessories by Louis Vuitton and Gucci, plus mink jackets. Dealers Barbara and Sal Falcone offer coins, paper money and “mantiques” — sports items, militaria, tokens and San Jose memorabilia. Look also for goodies from veteran sellers Debra Anderson, Jim Dyer, Carol Robichaud, Eduardo Massa, Cherie Gronnel and Barbara Kiltz.
Once you have gone shopping, have lunch or dinner. The menu here boasts savory Italian dishes such as meatballs, lasagna and pepper steak sandwiches. Indulge in the mud pie, or take one home.
Be sure to head to the Pavilion Tent, replete with its flower and garden shop, neat gifts, home-baked pastries, jams and waffle cookies called pizzelles.
Once more, I’ll take part in the ballyhoo. On Friday, Jan. 26, I will greet visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. I will present “Let’s Talk Antiques: Where We Stand in 2018.” Then on Sunday, Jan. 28, there will be free, informal evaluations (on a first come, first served basis) of one keepsake from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. With a $10 donation you are able to make an appraisal reservation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. by calling Chrissie at 408-755-0273.
St. Christopher’s Church is at 2278 Booksin Ave., San Jose. Show hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 26-27 (with restaurant and shops open until 9 p.m.) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 28 (with restaurant open 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.). Admission: $5 in advance. $6 at door. Details: email@example.com. Monies raised benefit parish, school and community outreach.
OAKLAND MUSEUM PRESALE
The other notable event is the 59th Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant Sale on Sunday, Jan. 28.
This shindig is actually a preview of the “real thing” to be held March 3-4. Each year, organizers allow the public an opportunity to shop early. Shoppers attend in hopes of super deals. And they snag them in spades!
The merchandise — all donated to assist the Oakland Museum of California — is organized and displayed in a warehouse. Like me, you’ll wonder if you are inside a “big box” department store.
Overhead signs lead customers to furniture, art, books, jewelry, toys, sporting goods, clothing, tools, silver, fine china, garden items, etc. The vast assemblage has lots of vintage and desirable objects.
While this event occurs near the Fruitvale BART station and a free shuttle service is provided, many shoppers take their own vehicles. If you do, please be aware that parking is tight.
Since you have some territory to cover, put on good walking shoes. Bring a water bottle and a tote bag. You’ll probably have a wait to check out. But be patient. The wait is well worth it.
The preview sale will be at 333 Lancaster St., Oakland. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $16 for advance online tickets, $20 day of sale. No strollers or pets (except service dogs) are allowed. If you have donations (which are welcome), call 510-839-5919 for free pickups, or go to www.whiteelephantsale.org.
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Published at Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:22:57 +0000