Winter a good time to go antiquing

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While antiques might remind you of your grandmother’s house, antiques (usually 100 years old) plus vintage (1980s or older) have gained popularity as households mix the old with the new. Local antique stores report increased buying levels from well before the pandemic as older items are meeting current needs. 

Many homeowners are looking for uniqueness, quality, immediate availability, and eco-friendly options. Researchers rate the carbon footprint of old furniture at 16 times less than newly-produced furniture. Reported decorating trends include warmth from natural woods, brighter colors, and accent pieces that add a nostalgic design.

For the 53rd year, shoppers can again buy antiques and vintage items in a charity show at Bay High School. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, to attend this annual fundraiser for college scholarships for Bay High seniors. This show is hosted by the Bay Village Women’s Club.

Since 1936, the Women’s Club has provided over a half-million dollars to 400 Bay High seniors toward their college or advanced education. Scholarships are awarded every April after all applications have been reviewed for academic achievement, leadership activities and financial need.

Remind any Bay senior you know to explore the scholarship site at the high school for possible application. The Club’s average scholarship awards have been $2,500.

This year’s show will include more than 24 vendors and dealers offering an array of antique and vintage jewelry, furniture, home decor, toys, classic trains, old radios and much more! There will be an opportunity to have one piece of jewelry valued for you by an appraiser from Vivid Jewelry on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. On Sunday, various dealers will participate in antiques valuations from 1-3 p.m. These valuations are offered at no additional charge.

Admission to the show is $5 per person with children under 12 free. Snacks, sandwiches, bakery and drinks will be available throughout the show times. 

Last year was our best show ever with over 1,200 visitors and many vendors returning with more offerings because of their success. Join us for a fun experience in finding that “something special” and supporting our scholarship mission.

Nancy Trainer

The Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation is Bay's longest running civic and social organization, founded Feb. 1917.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.07.2023