YARMOUTH, MASS. — The Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association, Inc, could not have asked for a better day for its outdoor antiques show June 15 at the Laurence MacArthur School Field.
Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures welcomed visitors to the show, as did 60-plus antiques dealers set up in four tents, offering a fine selection of mostly country antiques and Americana. A very strong gate was noted and, better still, shoppers were in a buying mood. Many dealers reported doing well, and antiques were seen leaving the show all day long, in bags and tucked under arms.
“Thanks to the hard work on the part of Mary McCormick, and Barbara and Charlie Adams, every aspect of the show was topnotch from our advertising to our layout and the quality of the 62 outstanding dealers to the spectacular weather that day,” said association president Charlene Dixon. “We had close to 800 paid customers and we were thrilled with the number of children and students who attended. To encourage future ‘antiquers,’ our shows have a policy to admit them free so we know that added to our total attendance. This policy also encourages young families to be able to attend,” Dixon added.
Also an exhibiting dealer, Charlene and her husband Ed did a brisk business throughout the day, mostly selling smalls and affordable items. Given the show’s Cape venue, it was no surprise that nautical items were big sellers here and were plentiful in many dealers’ booths.
Dixon was impressed with the number of off-Cape buyers, including some who hailed from Ohio, Canada and Texas. Her favorite sale was to a 10-year-old boy, Will, of Dallas, Texas, who is already an avid collector of World War I memorabilia. Attending the show with his parents and grandparents, he bought an original World War I “Community Service” poster.
Another happy dealer was The Odd Chair and The Old Crock Antiques, Mashpee, Mass., which sold everything from a late Irish chain pattern quilt (its first sale of the day) to an old, folk art schooner weathervane, garden antiques and, yes, even furniture.
“Buyers must have been in a summer frame of mind, given the weather — several of our garden pieces sold, including the wood and metal schooner weathervane and a vintage metal and glass table-top ‘conservatory’ for starting plants or housing a terrarium,” said dealer Mary McCormick.
Other pieces selling early included a primitive, antique cabinet with multiple small drawers in original grain painted finish and a Nineteenth Century cherry drop leaf table, bought for its small size to go into a very small apartment.
McCormick, who handles publicity for the association, reported that it was pleased with the success of the show, which raises money for the association’s scholarship fund, which provides one to two scholarships annually to graduates of Cape Cod Community College to continue their education in art, history or the decorative arts, as well as its Cultural Enrichment Fund, which gives grants to local nonprofits to help acquire or preserve artifacts that promote the Cape’s history.
“Overall, the association felt that the show was a great success. We had over 60 really quality dealers, an excellent gate and a picture-perfect day for an outdoor show,” she said.
Charlie and Frances Szeglin, Eastham, Mass., also reported doing well. “The show was fine for us, especially since we focus on a very small segment of early Americana: early lighting and Eighteenth–early Nineteenth Century hearth items in iron,” Charlie Szeglin said. “Our clients are usually collectors and folks who live in early homes. Often they come with great interest, which is a key element in shows.”
Sow’s Ear Antique Co., Cotuit, Mass., fairly new to the show circuit but having a shop in Cotuit for 22 years, also did well. “I felt that this show was excellent for us since it was local, very well advertised and organized in a great location,” said Laurie Hayes. “We were able to sell five to six items in the $400 price range, and several people came to our shop in the days that followed and bought pieces, saying that they liked our booth at the show. It was a great experience to meet so many people and the exposure to our merchandise was very beneficial.”
Bradford Trust Art & Antiques, Harwich Port, Mass., is better known for fine art, but at this show dealer Roy Mennell proved that pigs really do fly. An antique pottery pig with wings the dealer picked up just because he liked it was offered at the show and sold quickly, with three buyers vying for ownership. “The old axiom ‘If you like it, buy it’ holds true,” he quipped. His sales of high-end paintings are typically light here, but the dealer acquired a painting from a visitor to the show and has an appointment to see another. “I do make valuable contacts and that is okay. I will be back next year,” he said. “The attendance was good and the energy high. Good weather on the Cape can cheer all of us up!”
Jane Wargo, Wallingford, Conn., was pleased with her sales, which included two benches, a sign, a Twentieth Century game board, a nice, handmade pond boat and several smalls. “A large crowd attended, due to the hard work of the committee members,” she said.
Among the most interesting sales reported were at Sandwich Antique Center, which sold a witness box from the old Barnstable court house, and Priscilla Hutchinson, East Dennis, Mass., whose favorite sale was a “Hallets Yarmouthport” sign to a young couple who live locally. After visiting her booth several times to look at the sign, the buyers (and dealer) agreed on a price and the sign is likely already hanging on their living room wall.
The association’s next show will be its 43rd annual Summer Orleans Antiques Show that returns to the Nauset Middle School August 3. For information, www.ccada.com or 508-240-7726.