'Tique Talk ~ About Antique Collecting ~ by Marianne Dow

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2008 Lions Antique Show Report

I had a fantastic time at the recent Lions
Antique Show, which was held at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima (Ohio).

I think this show is a perfect example of how shows are on the comeback. This little local show has had its ups and downs as far as dealer participation and attendance goes. But the last few shows have shown a turn for the better. It could still use some more antiques dealers, and less crafts/new stuff, but the number of shoppers has gone up considerably. I was in the building for about 4 hours on Saturday, and another 2 hours on Sunday, and there was a good crowd the entire time I was there. And what is more important, the vibe was great. Everyone I talked to had a smile, and a positive attitude, whether they were selling or buying.

Here's Sue & Sandy, with Jerry. Jerry owns the Family
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I have so many friends who were set up there, and I really enjoyed a good long chatty visit with everyone. It was like a big club meeting. It's so nice to be among people who are into the same things as I am, and who understand my passion for antiquing, and collecting.

Here's Carol, who says she's retiring, but we'll see about that... how can she stop the madness, er, I mean the FUN?! She always has a super variety, and creative display style. Check out her ebay auctions.

Here's the Maxson family, who prove the family who collects, and sells together is happier! Check out their ebay listings.

Here's Dennis, a guy who LOVES paper almost as much as I do! You can check out his ebay listings, too. That's Andy who's too engrossed in shopping to turn for a pic.

Now, you're probably wondering what goodies did I buy? Let's see...

I among other things, I bought lots of knick-knacks, some 'Evening in Paris' gold perfume bottles, an ornate silver-plated serving tray (very shabby-chic), and some pretty antique tradecards:

I bought this vintage cool cone-top can of "MOON SHINE Auto Polish", which has great graphics on a paper label. It's a bit of local memorabilia, as it is from Wapakoneta, Ohio, the home of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the 1st Man to Walk on the Moon.

Another cool advertising piece that I bought was this AEROLENE OIL glass sign, with a great reverse-applied decal. I've seen this sign reproduced in metal, but this looks to be the real thing-- nice thick glass, super graphics, and in fabulous condition. Gotta love it!

I had so much fun I went back on Sunday for more, but that's all the pix I took.
Now this coming weekend is the Urbana Antique Show. I'll report on that show next week. Can't wait , cuz you never know what I'll find!

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