Remember When Antique Show
Locals Wendy Currier and Penny Coburn got together a few years ago and decided to create an antique show. The popularity of TV’s “Antique Road Show” was proof enough that people love antiques—or at least, love to know how much antiques are worth. So the two ladies booked the Avi Grand Ballroom and held their first “Remember When” Antique Show. It was a hit. They had crowds walking the aisles winding among numerous vendor booths covering the ballroom floor. And they were smart enough to play off the “Antique Road Show” attraction and have an appraiser on hand offering free appraisals on small hand-carried antiques.
Well, the “Remember When” show continues its winter tradition with the latest installment of this free admission event on Friday-Sunday, February 21-23, when the Avi Grand Ballroom once again fills up with merchandise from antique dealers from all across the U.S. and Canada.
“The show is in it’s sixth year, and is headed to be the best show yet,” says Penny Coburn. “We have at least 14 new vendors, maybe more, bringing in all new interesting items we haven’t had before…things like high end furniture, military items, unusual clocks, silverware and more.”
Add these new vendors to those coming back and you have a full house.
“We have filled the ballroom with so many vendors this year we will have to spill out into the foyer….we may have to annex the front hotel lobby,” Coburn adds, jokingly.
According to Coburn, past shows have been standing room only, the aisles filled with people enjoying all the memorabilia from the “good ol’ days”.
“As you walk down each aisle you will hear people exclaiming ‘Oh, my grandmother had one of those,’ or ‘Grandpa used to use a meat grinder like that,” or ‘I wish I had saved that old fruit jar,’” she states.
In among the fruit jars and old meat grinders are a myriad of other items, including: vintage clothing, Coca Cola and Hollywood memorabilia, toys, metal trucks and cars, glassware, cowboy and western items, Mojave pottery, silverware, linens, crystal, china, vintage jewelry, and a lot more.
“One of the returning vendors are the Gold Buyers of Mohave” added Coburn. “Bring in your old gold jewelry and coins to sell and maybe use your profits to buy a beautiful item from one of the many dealers participating in the show.”
Coburn also points out that you don’t have to worry about the weather because this is an indoor show within the spacious Avi Grand Ballroom.
Coburn and Currier know a good thing when they see it, thus, free appraisals on small hand-carried items will be part of the show. There is a limit of three small items per visit. If you have a larger item you wish appraised you can bring photos of the item into the show for the appraiser to view.
“When we first started doing this I had no idea about the value of things,” said Coburn. “I had an old vase that my mother gave me and before she died, she told me it was worth something. I would have sold it at a yard sale for a quarter but I sold it here for $50. It’s amazing the things you learn at shows like this. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s cool just to see the things people used in their daily lives—things that were innovative at the time.”
There is no admission charge to the show which will be open Friday, February 21 (noon-5 p.m. NV); Saturday, February 22 (9 a.m. -5 p.m. NV) and Sunday, February 23 (9 a.m.-3 p.m. NV). It is advised to get there early for the best deals.
Coburn wants to make sure readers know that the times are Nevada times and not Arizona times. In years past, there were people thinking it was on Arizona time so they were waiting outside in line for an hour.
This show helps to support the River Valley Artists Guild, a non profit organization that grants awards to local high school and college art students throughout the year.
For more information on the show or spaces available, contact Wendy Currier at 928-788-1756; or Penny Coburn at 928-768-4196; or email email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be found on Facebook at Remember When Antiques.
REMEMBER WHEN ANTIQUE SHOW
Avi Grand Ballroom
Friday-Sunday, February 21-23. Fri: noon-5 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free Admission