Perfect Weekend in Schoharie
Published on September 22, 2009 :: One Comment
Steven and I did the Fall Schoharie Antiques Show this past weekend, in Schoharie NY. (That’s sko-hair-ee. I was confused at first too.) This is the counterpart to the show we do there in March, and also sponsored by the Schoharie County Historical Association. This is also one of the two shows we do each year with Steve’s parents, Deb and Carl Eklund.
The show is set on the grounds of an historical site, and held both outdoors under tents and in the buildings. We could not have ordered up a nicer early fall weekend, and we enjoyed sunshine and perfect temperatures. We also enjoyed an excellent turnout of attendees and brisk business. Really, we had a great show – the best we’ve ever had at the Fall event. And it was fun, full of old friends both among the dealers and the customers. When you’ve done a show for a number of years you recognize so many of the faces that come through.
We sold big things and small things – cupboards (three), tables & stands (three), open shelves (two) and more; as well as glass, china, jewelry, wooden implements and stoneware. This is still primarily a country show, and that is what we highlighted. No chrome and lucite in our booth this weekend! We keep that stuff under wraps when we’re around the country folk. Shhh…
One aspect of the weekend was bittersweet as we all felt the absence of Lucia Colwell, known as the Quilt Lady, who passed away in May. Lucy had been an antiques dealer, and highly respected quilt specialist, for many years and it was hard to see her corner space filled by someone else. Steve and I are thankful that we knew her – she was so encouraging to us as we grew in this business, and set a terrific example of bringing energy and passion to everything she did.
On Sunday afternoon Lucy’s daughter, son and other family members came to the show. We gathered and Lucy’s longtime friend and fellow dealer Claire Dounoucos read a piece she wrote about her friend’s life. We then popped some bottles of champagne, drank a tearful toast or two, and let off a bunch of bright colored balloons in her honor. Lucy had a long and rich life, and her health was beginning to trouble her. So its okay, in a way. But we miss her.
With all that said, the weekend was a success. And next Sunday, we do it again at the Lake Side Farms Antique Show. This is the one that our oldest son, Anderson, does with us. (Read about last year’s show here.) He has been shopping and stocking up in anticipation, and we hope for a fun and profitable day for everyone. See you there!
Oh, and I added another pooch to our special Tandem style of dog rescue. I bought him from Claire, and he is French and wonderful! I’ll get some pictures taken and share them here soon.