Attendees Look for Deals, Renew Old Friendships at Zonta Antique Show in Longview | Local News
Pierce Funderburk, 12, scoured dozens of antiques on Saturday for medals and war buttons, cameras and more at the Zonta’s annual antique display and sale in Longview.
“They’re just beautiful collectibles,” Pierce said.
Pierce’s father, Clint Funderburk, said his son had a love for antiques that is unique among children his age.
“When we walk around, even here, the people running the stands are intrigued by its interest and say to themselves, ‘We need the next generation to love antiques so that we can continue this way,’” said Funderburk. “It’s fun to see his interest, but also through the eyes of people here. Their eyes light up when they see her interest.
The Funderburks were among hundreds of people who visited the Zonta Antiques Show and Sale on Saturday at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.
Event co-chair Terry McJilton said she expected about 1,500 people to attend the show over the weekend. The show, hosted by the Zonta Club of Greater East Texas, had around 400 visitors on Friday and continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s fabulous,” McJilton said. “I love seeing all the people, old friends and neighbors that they haven’t been able to see for 15 months come together here. It’s an annual event, and people often plan to come over for lunch with their friends and eat a pie every year.
The popular tea room and pie bar is an attraction for many guests, although most come to explore the vendors. This year, McJilton said, there are 46 vendors showcasing a variety of items, such as glass, linens, furniture, jewelry, art, collectibles and more.
“I have a small but dedicated clientele here for decorative fine arts and antiques, which is my specialty,” said Eric Jackson, owner of Eric D. Jackson Antiques at Shreveport. He specializes in the decorative arts of the 18th and 19th centuries, silver, bronze, glass and porcelain.
Jackson has been at the Longview Antique Show for about five years, and he said the turnout this weekend was “really good.”
“I come here without expecting to write 200 tickets, but I come here hoping to write five or six tickets for some really nice things. There is a market for it here in Longview, ”Jackson said. “There are clients who understand and know fine antiques, but the salon has something for everyone. You can buy something for $ 5 or you can buy something for $ 5,000. It’s good for a regional market like Longview.
Admission to the show is $ 10. McJilton said the profits will go to help women locally and around the world as part of Zonta International’s mission. The club locally offers scholarships to young women and gives back to nonprofit organizations in the community.