After 69 years, the Sheffield Antiques Show, the longest continuously running show of its kind in Massachusetts, has concluded. Sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Sheffield (Old Parish), the show began in 1948 in the parish social rooms as a fund-raising venture for mission outreach. After three years the show expanded and moved to the second floor of the nearby town hall. The show ran there every August until 1990. At that time, growing out of its space, the show relocated to the high school with more space, single-level access, and air conditioning.
Following the 2017 show, the decision was made that because of changes in the antiques industry and church membership, the church needs to pursue a new path. In letters sent out to the church community and to past participating dealers, the church stated in part: “We have appreciated the part that our dealers have played in this wonderful church and community event…. It has been a fulfilling journey for our church family and friends. We now look forward to the future with open hearts and a creative spirit as a new path unfolds.”
Originally published in the March 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest