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The Round Lake Antiques Festival

Betty Flood | June 22nd, 2013

Robert Schicke of Reclaimed Memories, New Jersey, offered a school desk priced at $125, a jockey doorstop at $185, a coat tree for $105, and an oak rocker for $185.

Matthew Gosch of North Tonawanda, New York, found this beautiful tiger maple and cherry one-drawer stand and priced it at $325. Also in his booth were a Victorian chair for $60, a rocker for $325, a washstand for $200, a floral painting on board for $225, and a pair of French Bristol dresser jars for $195.

If beadwork was your pleasure Meg Mourey’s Antiques, Vermont and New Hampshire, offered a display case filled with a pillow priced at $75, a 1927 Brockton Fair souvenir pillow priced at $150, a 1937 Montreal Fair souvenir pillow priced at $95, a large heart for $100, a small heart for $80, a big shoe for $75, a medium heart for $80, and a large pillow for $110, plus an Indian doll for $75.

Margaret Wasson of Honeoye Falls, New York, showed a brown fringed cloth coat from the Maggie Lawrence collection at a steal of $30.

Wendy Whitman of Crow’s Nest Antiques, Schenectady, New York, was writing up a sale in her “everything Bakelite” booth. Her hundreds of bracelets, necklaces, and pins were priced from $18 to $750.

Ken Woodbury of Nipper’s Choice Antiques, Keene, New Hampshire, had a prized 1906 Victor model R Victrola priced at $1495.

John and Dannette Darrow of Binghamton, New York, offered a splendid display of Rose Medallion, Imari, Chinese and Japanese export porcelain, and estate jewelry and silver. Pictured are three Imari chargers, as well as some unusual pieces of Rose Medallion. Their silver (not shown) was priced reasonably for parents to purchase for children. They do not carry any high-priced jewelry.

Sandra Belko of Weedsport Village Antiques, Weedsport, New York, had a child’s table for $48, a child’s chair for $45, a Steiff tree house for $225, an artist print for $35, a knife box for $48, a plush turtle for $68, and a watercolor for $40.

Round Lake, New York

The Women’s Round Lake Improvement Society will benefit handsomely from this year’s Round Lake Antiques Festival, according to president Mary Jo Lanahan. The society began in 1896 and raises money not only for the library but also to “make Round Lake a better place to live.”

This year new promoters Hilary and Steven Eklund of Tandem Shows in Jefferson, New York, did a magnificent job, according to the 129 dealers who exhibited at the June 22 and 23 show. The temperature at 8 a.m. on Saturday was 87 degrees, more than 1500 bottles of water were sold by the children of the society, and it never rained! The heat and humidity continued through the weekend, but it didn’t seem to slow the attendees or the buyers. It’s estimated that approximately 6000 to 7000 people attended the show.

Robert Schicke of Denville, New Jersey, said that despite the heat, business was good. Among the items that he sold were an oak rocker for $185, a school desk for $115, a coat tree for $105, brass luggage tags from a steamship and
several brass picture numbers, Depression glass, and a table lamp.

Matthew Gosch of North Tonawanda, New York, sold his tiger maple one-drawer stand and several small items. He thought the heat might have slowed some people down, but at least a dozen people approached him with items to buy. Being located near the road may have its advantages.

Marilyn Mullen of Grey Barn Antiques, Rome, New York, sold a large Morris rocker for $895, a dining room table and chairs for $1550, a cherry chest for $850, a hall seat for $895, and three bookcases, one for $475, one for $600, and a Larkin style for $675. Mullen could not believe the action she had on her furniture other than to say “not too many people refinish these days, and the workmanship at Grey Barn Antiques is to perfection.”

Kevin Peebles of Oneida, New York, sold toys priced from $150 to $250 apiece, two walnut stands for $125 each, and one Victorian stand for $125. Peebles said he did “a lot of buying,” and he was happy with that and can’t wait to come back next year.

As soon as I saw the oak double-door gun cabinet in Buffalo dealer Peter Kuebler’s booth I admired the original pistol iron hooks, eight drawers for ammunition, and the two large bottom drawers. It sold immediately for $1095, and the same person bought an oak highboy for $300. Kuebler also sold a drop-leaf table for $200, a roll-top lap desk for $400, a music stand for $450, a commode for $245, and “a lot of glassware.” “It was a much better show than I anticipated,” said Kuebler.

John Thomson Sr. of Just Not New Antiques, Wallingford, Vermont, sold a number of toys as well as several small pieces of furniture and prints. His only complaint was that he can’t find the “Maine Antique Digest in Wallingford, Vermont.”

Vermont and New Hampshire dealer Meg Mourey said she enjoyed the show. She sold a small beaded heart for $80, a Bakelite shot glass caster set for $150, a rosewood mortise gauge for $30, a painting of a lighthouse for $60, and several smalls.

Stephanie Hemmes of Hyde Park, New York, sold her four bamboo chairs for $240, a Victorian painting of birds, a sterling silver Native American bracelet, plus several other small items. “I thought the crowd was great. As were the sales. People just kept coming,” said Hemmes.

Margaret Wasson of Honeoye Falls, New York, had a “very nice show” despite the heat, but unfortunately she did not sell the brown fringed cloth coat from the Maggie Lawrence collection. “I think it was too hot for people to look at a coat with fringe,” said Wasson.

Bob Sibley of Denver, Pennsylvania, sold a lot of little cabinets and small 5' benches, but he found people gave a pass on large and expensive furniture.

Anne Marie and John McVey of Jamtiques at The White House, Marlborough, Connecticut, sold several pieces of luggage, as well as tools. Displayed between the luggage were tole trays in various sizes, which sold from $30 to $90 each.

Ken Woodbury of Nipper’s Choice, Keene, New Hampshire, sold three phonographs at $200 each and several small things including an Adirondack stand and “lots of needles, $6 per 100 or three packets for $15.” Woodbury, always cheerful, said he thought the new promoters were wonderful and attended to details. He also said he was the last one to pack out, and by the time he got between Wilmington and Brattleboro, Vermont, he was shocked to find a group of people at the top of Hogback Mountain. “They were looking at the new moon, which was extremely large.”

Glenn Barker of Altamont, New York, said baseball items are a constant, regardless of age. He sold several packages of brightly colored early advertising pieces ranging from $50 to $500, country items including a set of scales ranging from $150 to $600, The New York Giants (1952) signed by the author, Frank Graham, for $50, some baseball gloves priced from $75 to $750, and a Honus Wagner glove for $750.

Diane DeVolder of Syracuse, New York, sold several Shaker pieces from her personal collection as well as some fine jewelry and was constantly busy selling.

Jim Kerr of Cavern View Antiques, Howes Cave, New York, did not sell his Heywood-Wakefield set but sold a Victorian glass jar for $185, a pitcher with bowl for $70, a tin petticoat lamp for $40, and several pieces of china and baskets.

John Bourne of Pittsford, Vermont, sold a two-drawer tiger maple stand for $650. “The crowds were great, but I think I should have brought more folk art for people to see.” This was Bourne’s first time doing the show.

Michael Albanese of Kendall, New York, said he did extremely well with his collection of battlefield relics and Civil War collectibles. Dug relics, of seven to eight in a case, sold for $125, while four relics sold for $35 each. He also sold a southwestern Native American wedding vase priced at $125 and real photo postcards for $135.

John and Dannette Darrow of Binghamton, New York, had “a very good show” and sold three Imari chargers priced at $150, $195, and $295. They also sold a miniature Rose Medallion sauce tureen for $495 and a cabbage leaf charger for $250. John said the jewelry was always constant with small rings, which were sold to parents for children. “We don’t carry any high-priced…jewelry anymore. It’s too much of a hassle.” The Darrows also complimented the promoters and said they did a magnificent job and came around to see if everything was all right or if they needed anything during the two days of the show.

Wendy Whitman of Crow’s Nest Antiques, Schenectady, New York, had a hard time keeping up in writing sales in her “everything Bakelite” booth. “I did very well and have no complaints,” she said.

Kay Riordan Roffe of Williamson, New York, once again stole the show with classy items. Roffe sold lots of books including 30 small cigarette premium books for $300, two minnow pails with everything in them for $35, and a lot of under-$100 varieties. She also had a lot of interest in the book The Grapes of New York (1908), priced at $275. “I am seeing more and more young people, and they are buying usable things.”

Despite the tremendous heat and humidity, dealers were pleased with the results of the show. The improved paved walkway and the many separated food stands helped to make it a more congenial and successful venue.

For more information, contact Steven and Hilary Eklund at (607) 435-1851, or visit the Web site (

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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