Some of the most established antiques and collectibles shows occur in August.
Whether you are a novice or veteran hobbyist be sure to: Arrive early. Bring a shopping bag, measuring tape, color swatches. Stay hydrated. Wear a hat. Use sunscreen. Bring cash. While many sellers accept credit cards, you may be able to negotiate a better price when you use green. Dine locally. And have fun.
Peddler’s Fair: In Benicia, the former state capital, about 300 vendors will congregate along First Street for the 2018 Peddler’s Fair on Aug. 11. This shindig dates back to 1963.
The organizers are smart to place the antique dealers in one location – at the head of First Street. Elsewhere, shoppers find a medley of newer merchandise such as handcrafted clothing, jewelry, toys, jellies, foodstuffs, potholders and lots more. In between inspecting the goods on the crowded thoroughfare, stop in at the various antique boutiques that line downtown Benicia.
Details: Aug. 11 along First Street in Benicia. The fun goes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. No dogs allowed. For information, call (707) 745-8680, or visit the website here.
PS: Once again, I’ll take part in the fundraising effort for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by providing verbal evaluations. No cost for the first piece. $10 donation is requested for additional items with a limit of two. Firearms, coins, stamps and precious jewelry not examined. Hours: 10 a.m-1 p.m. near First and J streets. It is a swell opportunity to chat with many East Bay readers.
Antiques and Collectibles Fair: Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the 54th yearly Antiques and Collectibles Fair will take place on Aug 12 in charming San Juan Bautista.
About 100 exhibitors will hawk their wares off Third Street in the mission town founded in 1797. You’ll view silver, glass, china, jewelry, ephemera, furniture, clocks and books. Be certain to watch for signs alerting you to garage sales that occur around town.
After you’ve made the rounds, explore stores and eateries in this idyllic town, made famous as a backdrop in Alfred Hitchcock’s thrilling 1958 film “Vertigo.”
Please drop by to see me 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to hobnob, or share one of your precious keepsakes. There’s no charge for these informal evaluations. I’ll be at the Union Bank Building, Third and Mariposa streets. Nearby, visit the San Juan Bakery and Grocery, 319 Third St., for a coffee, loaf of bread or a pastry.
Details: Aug. 12, Third Street, San Juan Bautista The fair’s official hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., but savvy buyers arrive as the roosters begin to crow. Free admission and parking. Dogs are not allowed. For information, call ( 831) 623-4107 or visit the website here. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club’s numerous community programs.
Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market: The 54th Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market takes place on Aug. 26 in the historic Niles District of Fremont. It’s one of the oldest shows held in our neck of the woods, and could draw as many as 30,000 visitors.
More than 225 merchants will assemble on the streets of this historic district in Fremont, where silent movies featuring early stars Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson used to be produced. You’ll discover myriad antiques and collectibles, jewelry, radios, plants and garden objects, crafts, toys plus oodles more.
Lots of folks head to Niles to inspect what’s being hawked at neighborhood sales that mushroom on side streets. Last year, a pal snagged 48 pieces of matching stemware for $10.
Inspect the antique emporiums that make their permanent home downtown. Two high on my list to visit are Iron Dog Antiques (37589 Niles Blvd.) and My Friends and I (37521 Niles Blvd.).
Details: Aug. 26, Niles Town Plaza, 37592 Niles Blvd, Fremont, The extravaganza kicks off at 6 a.m. and goes on until 4 p.m., but the famous pancake breakfast begins at 5 a.m. Admission and parking are free. Dogs not advised due to heat. For information, call (510) 742-9868, or visit the website here.
Annieglass 35th anniversary: Since the 1980s, the Bay Area glass artist Annie Morhauser has been creating distinctive pieces housed in museums, used in select hotels, retailed at upscale boutiques, gifted as wedding presents and enjoyed at home by Oprah Winfrey. Now, it’s time to pause, congratulate and celebrate Morhauser on the occasion of her 35th year in business.
The anniversary celebration takes place Saturday, Aug. 4. and will benefit Girls Inc. of the Central Coast. Music and dance performances, glass demos and special discounts will be available, plus cake and bubbly.
Details: Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Annieglass outlet,, 310 Harvest Dr., Watsonville, 2-4:30 p.m. For print readers who may have missed this, you can also visit the outlet and take a free studio tour Thursday – Sunday at 1:30 pm or by appointment. Visit the website for info about classes at the craftbar and other special events. For more information, call (831) 761-2041, extension 121.
Published at Thu, 02 Aug 2018 08:25:59 +0000