Antiques Show’s New Home Has Buyers Believing In Magic

LONDONDERRY, VT. — The Magic Mountain Antiques Show (formerly Bromley Mountain Antiques Show) was magical in its new home October 5–6 and under new — well, actually old — management. Dealers Bob and Mary Fraser, who ran this show 36 years ago, took back the show this year after the show found itself without a manager and a home, when it was relocated from its longtime venue after Bromley Mountain renovated.

“Overall the show was a huge success. Dealers loved the new venue, especially the more spacious aisles and the great country antiques offered by our loyal dealers,” Mary Fraser said, noting the show will return here during Vermont Antiques Week 2014 on October 4–5.

“Furniture was flying out the door. We had great cooperation from the staff, porters and owners of Magic Mountain. We said ‘Let The Magic Begin!’ and it did!,” she said.

Indeed, the compact show was attractive and made good use of the ski lodge, hosting 28 dealers who brought large case pieces, often not seen at shows of late, as well as great smalls, and everything in between. In keeping with the Americana theme that ran through the five shows, plenty of good examples were found here and the show had a folky feel to it.

Dealers seemed thrilled with the show, and all the reports that came back were glowing.

“The show at Magic Mountain went very well for Ken and I...We were able to sell and buy well at our show,” said Ken and Susan Scott, Malone, N.Y. “Folk art was a big seller for us — carved birds, early signs and one of the three weathervanes that we brought to the show sold. It was good to see furniture selling (at our show and others) as well as quilts getting attention.”

“As for the show being at Magic Mountain, we loved our booth, which was upstairs. Many customers commented on the fact that it was easier to shop at Magic Mountain vs Bromley because there was more room. Perhaps some fine-tuning is needed, but all in all we liked the venue. It took some doing but Bob and Mary Fraser kept the show alive and for that we are grateful,” the Scotts said.

Mary and Norman Gronning, Shaftsbury, Vt., echoed their sentiments. “Most of the dealers had a great show and we are all thankful to Mary and Bob for their hard work in getting everything ready in such a short time. There was a lot of energy at the opening of the show which resulted in people doing a lot of business,” they said.

Reporting not a “good” but a “great” show were Gail and Don Piatt, Contoocook, N.H.. “People found us and remarked that it was easier to see the booths with more aisle space. Furniture sold extremely well, which was a nice surprise,” said Gail. “We sold our cupboard with a dry sink inside that had been in our house for many years. We sold a beautiful linsey-woolsey quilt, a large Hannah Davis hat box, three paintings and many other smalls.”

Liberty Hill Antiques, Reading, Vt., also reported strong sales. “We sold our maple workbench, a set of painted chairs, a nice early apple basket and several other smalls. We are also pleased with the new location,” said Sue and Jim Mulder.

Katona & Lutz made the trek to the show from its base in Greenwich, N.J. and the dealers commented that they were pleased. “We sold nearly 30 items, which included three pieces of furniture — a painted corner cupboard, painted dry sink and a tavern table. The remainder were all smalls mostly in the $100–$500 range, with a few over $500.”

Peter D. Hunt of Prospect Hill Antiques, Georges Mills, N.H., reported a “wonderful” show. “The crowds really came to buy, and sales continued throughout the weekend. The decor of the rustic lodge was a nice backdrop to the country and primitives displayed throughout.

Hunt wrote up sales for a very nice and unusual two-drawer lift top desk top with cubbies built into the upper section, two fine appliqué 1860–80 quilts in pristine condition, an early wooden 1800s 24-hole candle mold on legs with pewter tubes, a salesman’s sample wash tub and ringer in red paint, a very nice set of larger spice tins in original green and gold paint, two crocks with blue designs, and several smalls.

Also pleased with the show were Greg Hamilton of Stone Block Antiques, Vergennes, Vt., who sold several paintings, a bit of furniture and loads of smalls and Pamela Regen of Nutting House Antiques, New Paltz, N.Y., who noted the show went well with great set up and a lot of furniture sold.

John H. Rogers, New London, N.H., had already sold 19 butter prints by the end of the first day of the show. Other significant sales included a burl bowl and a fabulous butter paddle with a print built into the heel of the paddle. “The show was well attended, and the layout of the show allowed for a better flow pattern than had been the case at Bromley,” Rogers said.

Michael Weinberg, West Pelham Antiques, Pelham, Mass., noted the crowd was both strong and engaged — and very diverse. “I sold to people from Indiana, Colorado and Utah, in addition to people from New England and New York. There seemed to be a lot of interest in virtually everything I had in my booth. I sold across the board — from needlework samplers (two) to a 100-plus-year-old stuffed elephant toy to an interesting double drop leaf stand with an unusual configuration. It was great to see the enthusiasm of both the buyers and the sellers.”

Clint and Pat Bigelow, East Berlin, Conn., sold two dozen items ranging from furniture, architectural items, smalls and some folk art and jewelry. “In my opinion when you have five shows in the same area it makes for a destination, which creates excitement to the likes of Antiques Week in New Hampshire,” Clint said. “Antiques Week in Vermont is very successful!”

Dave Proctor of Brookfield, N.H., and Steve Cirillo of Orange, Mass., had a very good day Saturday selling three large pieces of furniture to several collectors from the Seattle, Wash.-area and a highboy to a couple from Massachusetts, along with many smalls. “Good things were selling, including early lighting and mirrors in original surfaces,” the dealers said.

Barbara Johnson of Pewter & Wood, Enfield, N.H., also reported having a very good show, describing the buyers as “a very interesting buying crowd — very motivated to buy.” Among her across-the-board sales were a wallpapering table (saw-horse style), painted baskets, firkins in original paint, children’s toys and quilts.

For information, contact the Frasers at 802-875-5944 or mbfrasers@comcast.net.

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