The antiques season has arrived! Let the shopping begin!
If it’s November, that means the full season will be here soon.
Restaurants will be teeming with patrons, and local performance venues hope to be filled with happy patrons.
Antiques are hoping for the same, with antiques and specialty displays along both coasts.
The shows give you the opportunity to view items donated by merchants from across the country. Translated: This is fresh loot for the gathering.
Here’s a look at the upcoming season:
On the east coast, the West Palm Beach Antique Festival, arguably the state’s largest monthly show, hasn’t stopped working since it resumed last fall after the COVID-19 lockdown.
But the season officially kicks off with the November show, scheduled for November 5-7 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach.
The shows continue on the first weekend of the month – December 3 to 5, December 31 to January 31. 2, February 4-6 (the “Spectacular”), March 4-6, April 1-3, May 6-8, and June 3-5. Information on these issues is available at www.wpbaf.com or 941-697-7475.
Invoice and Kay Puchstein, promoters of this West Palm Beach show, also have shows in Stuart (January 8-9 and March 12-13) at Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 SE Dixie Highway, and January 21-23 at Vero Beach at the Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave. Information on both shows is available at www.floridaantiqueshows.com or at 941-697-7475.
Look for the high end Palm Beach Show, with art, antique and jewelry vendors from around the world to descend on the Palm Beach County Convention Center from February 17-22. This event typically includes gala cocktails, conferences and more. Information is on www.palmbeachshow.com.
On the west coast, the tony Naples Art, Antiques and Jewelry Fair is on hiatus until 2023, according to the promoter’s website, www.naplesshow.com.
Corn Allman Promotions promises top quality shows in Venice, Saint Petersburg and Sarasota.
The first standing: The Antiques Fairs of Venice, from January 8 to 9 and from February 19 to 20 at the Venice Community Center, 326 avenue S. Nokomis, Venice. Expect around 50 vendors at these shows.
The Sunshine City Antique Show, January 21-23 at the Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave N., St. Petersburg. There will be 75 merchants, all set in draped booths offering everything from mid-century modern to Tiffany, jewelry and fine art.
And finally: The Sarasota Antiques Fair, February 26-27 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. There will be 50 regional and national dealers here.
Information: 315-686-5789 or www.allmanpromotions.com.
Looking for a road trip?
The Arcadian antique fair starts at 8 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month, except December (Christmas is next weekend). I love this little street fair, you never know what you’ll find there. You can go shopping downtown, go to lunch, shop for another hour or two, then go home. The dates for the next months are November 27, December 18, January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25. Information is available on www.arcadiaflantiques.com.
And Vintage market days February 11-13 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, with vendors featuring vintage and vintage-inspired items, architectural salvage, repurposed goodies, home decor, and other items. Info: www.vintagemarketdays.com.
You could literally spend a weekend shopping at Renninger extravagances in Mount Dora, near Orlando. These outdoor antique markets are scheduled from November 19 to 21 and January 14 to 16. Over 800 dealers come from across the country to these shows – you never know what you’ll find.
I will have more of the Dolls Shows on Both Coasts, Depression Glass, and other specialty collectible shows in the coming weeks.
Remember: As always, make sure the show is still on before trying to attend.
Good hunt! ??