Events, conventions and gatherings of vintage lovers.
One Man's Junk
Over the past few years, flea markets have super-sized and become über-sales of treasures and trash. If you can deal with the crowds and enjoy the thrill of the hunt, here are the biggies:
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, California
Apr. 13, May 11 and June 8, 2004
Millions of items for sale and more than 20,000 people who want to buy. There is an arts & crafts sale attached to the antiques sale.
The Brimfield Antiques Show, Brimfield, Massachusetts
May 11-16 and July 6-11, 2004
The Brimfield Antiques Show is actually the world's largest yard sale with over 6,000 dealers who spread their wares over 23 contiguous fields. The crowds can be intense, but there are creature comforts such as plentiful port-a-potties.
Highway 127 Sale, Gadsen, Alabama to Covington, Kentucky
August 7-15, 2004
During nine sultry days in August, stretching 450 miles from Alabama to Kentucky on Highway 127, vendors spring up along the road to form the longest garage sale in the U.S. Populated with junk pulled out of people's barns, garages, and swamps, this is the place to find that one thing you can't live without.
Antiques Appraisers Are Hot
We are big fans of the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow (check your local listings) for the educational value as well as the human drama when someone discovers that his shit is worth thousands, and the disappointment on someone else's face when he's are told that his shit is, well, shit. But, we also watch it for those Roadshow hunks, the Keno brothers. Who would have thought that talking about antique furniture could be so... dreamy? Leigh and Leslie Keno are twins with a penchant for antique American furniture and an infectious enthusiasm for wood inlay and Colonial card tables. How sexy!
Take your family heirlooms to one of the stops on the Roadshow's tour this summer:
June 26, 2004 St. Paul, Minnesota
July 10, 2004 Omaha, Nebraska
July 31, 2004 Memphis, Tennessee
August 14, 2004 Reno, Nevada
August 21, 2004 Portland, Oregon
Viva Las Vegas
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender is more like a two-day greased up rockabilly bender. We're talking ducktails, tattoos, and rolled up jeans for the boys and pinup girl boobs and Betti Page hairdos for the girls. A good time for bands, burlesque, and booze. Did we mention boobs? Like they say in Vegas, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The Gold Coast Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
April 8-11, 2004
A Passion For Paper
Ephemera is supposed to be short-lived and transitory, so by definition, the paper collectibles treasured by the members of the Ephemera Society of America should have ended up in the ashcan years ago. This year's annual conference of paper enthusiasts includes speakers on such topics as early magic trade cards, American hotels, Arts and Crafts greeting cards and Palmer Cox's Brownies.
Ephemera 24: Magic, Magazines, Hotels, Brownies, and More!
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Greenwich, Connecticut
March 19-21, 2004
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