Many States, Many Styles: Easy, Affordable & Fun
Everyone loves this antiques show—serious collectors, dabblers, dealers. Close to 200 of the latter, some specializing in the fun and affordable, others more serious, will gather this weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, as their kind have for the past 30 Memorial Days, rain or shine (it’s indoors). “The whole thing is fun and approachable, but there’s real quality, too,” says Sandy Klempner, of the eponymous Canaan, NY shop, who has a booth (above) at the show. “I always find things to buy.” Little wonder. The cream of the Hudson Valley and New England are there, as are top-notch dealers from Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina, to name but a few of the far-flung states represented. And to make sure things go smoothly, the crack management team here has all the kinks worked out—the dealers are varied and well-vetted, the food vendors likewise; shipping facilities are on the premises, and the system for coordinating purchases from multiple vendors so they all end up in the right car? Nothing short of miraculous.
The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair
Dutchess Country Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; 845.876.1989
Saturday, May 24, 10 – 5; Sunday, May 25, 11 – 4.
Ancram Preservation Group’s 9th Annual Memorial Day Tag Sale
Held at the singular and enchanting Simon’s General Store, now sufficiently restored to be on the market itself, this APG fundraiser is, on the one hand, just a tag sale with the usual $.25 basket and mix of lots of cute and cheap stuff with a few nicer, more expensive things. On the other hand, the event is the stuff of tag-sale legend. But it’s APG board member and vice-president Abby Westlake’s story; let her tell it:
“Some years ago, on the last day of the sale, I was looking at the things that hadn’t yet sold. There was a picture that I thought was a print, but when I took it down, I realized it was an oil, a smallish landscape with a signature on the bottom, George Smillie N.A. Well I know what N.A. stands for: National Academy. So I called my good friend and neighbor, Carol Smillie, and before I could get the words out, she was down there. Her ancestors, the painters James and George Smillie, a father and son, were members of the Hudson River School. Carol bought the painting for the full asking price, $75. We never did find out who had contributed it.”
Simon’s General Store
Routes 82 & 7 (at the blinking light), Ancram
Early bird wine and cheese party: Friday, May 23, 6 – 8; $25 ($15 for members)
Sale: Saturday & Sunday 10 - 4
And this just in….
Kinderhook Antiques Center dealer Eliza Woodward, who has amazing taste, has asked a fellow dealer and three stylish friends to join her in a NO JUNK tag sale. This big, quality sale features vintage furniture (not real antiques, but interesting stuff), books, old tools, LPs, videos, TVs, ski equipment, bikes, pictures, frames, and vintage clothing and jewelry. Stock will be replenished daily.
The field next to the Rigor Hill Diner
Rigor Hill Road at the Taconic State Parkway, Ghent
Friday - Monday, May 23 - 26, 10 - 5