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Antique collectors connect with history
You could feel the excitement in the air as the clock drew closer to opening time.
The vendors were excited to show off their collections and the public was eager to experience the thrill of the hunt. Some came in search of that special item to add to their antique collection, others to get that elusive bargain.
A steady flow of people circulated through the Dogwood Gym and Auditorium Feb. 21 and 22 for the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives 19th Annual Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale, hoping to strike a deal.
“Vendors came from all over the Interior to connect with old friends, peruse fellow vendors’ tables and sell, buy or trade with the public,” said Denise Marsh, with the museum.
The “What Is It?” contest drew a lot of interest at the show as history buffs attempted to identify all six mystery items. As with all antiques, each of these pieces selected by museum registrar June Mitchell has a story to tell. The items can now be viewed at the museum. As an added feature there was a silent auction of vintage dolls.
“A show this size could not be put on by our museum staff alone,” said Marsh. “An army of volunteers was needed for everything from set-up to security, admission desk, book sales, Friends of the Vernon Museum membership table, concession and clean-up.
“Nor could we host such an event without all of our wonderful vendors. Thanks for bringing your smiles, stories and wares.”
Marsh said a special thank-you goes out to the businesses which donated to the concession: downtown Safeway, Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market & Garden Centre, COBS Bread, Bonanza Meats, Butcher Boys and Billy D’s Restaurant for the “What Is It?” contest prize.
“And we can’t forget the well over 1,700 people who attended the two-day show despite the Olympics competing for their attention.
“Thanks to all for making this museum fundraiser an overwhelming success.”
To view more pictures of the show see www.facebook/vernonmuseum.