|By Carolyn Noon
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Whether searching for that certain something to round out a collection, or browsing through booths filled with antiques and collectibles, the 114th Cedar Rapids Antique Show and Collector’s Fair, slated for April 26-28 at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, promises to provide a wide selection of items from more than 50 exhibitors.
Event promoter Richard Townsend of Rochester, Minn. said the show will feature “a nice variety,” including postcards, paintings, holiday collectibles, signs, pottery, advertising pieces, glassware, furniture, jewelry and silver. There will be plenty of pine, oak and walnut furniture, Roseville, Red Wing and Rookwood pottery, and Lalique.
One dealer will bring a sampling of general line items, like sleigh bells, old horse collars, kerosene lamps and all things from “neat to strange,” Townsend said. There will be a couple of booths selling Carnival glass, while others will bring sterling flatware, silver platters and high-end jewelry that may sell for as much as $20,000.
Also expect to find dealers selling Moser, R.S. Prussia and other fine porcelains, as well as Fenton glass, Cambridge, Royal Bayreuth, Royal Doulton, Nippon and Pickard. “There will be something for beginner to advanced collectors,” he noted.
“You’ll see nice Civil War stuff, like swords, gun cases and tin pipes,” Townsend added.
Exhibitors will come from all across the country, including Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia.
“Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find at least one booth with that in it,” Townsend said.
The event will be at Hawkeye Downs’ Main Exhibition Building, 4400 6th St. SW (just off I-380, Exit 17) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hours of the show will be Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $6 and good for all three days. You’ll receive $1 off if you mention this article or print out the coupon at www.iridescenthouse.com. Parking is free and concessions will be available.
For more information, call (641)832-2700 or (507)269-1473.