|By William Flood
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The weekend of May 18-20 brought 2018’s first semiannual Springfield Antiques Extravaganza to its customary home at the Clark County Fairgrounds. This year marks the 49th year of the show, and the numbers are impressive. According to show promoters, more than 2,000 vendors and 10,000 shoppers graced the show despite a rainy start to the weekend.
An event that big offers something for everyone, and shoppers had their pick of true antiques, plenty of mid-century and vintage merchandise, collectibles and smalls, repurposed items, and bargain bin vintage items priced as low as $1. Dealers came from scores of states, with a strong Midwest presence.
Dan Faucet, 20-year owner of Dantiques in Urbana, Ohio, offered transportation-related items including a 1983 Honda 70 moped. While not pristine, it was in operating condition and priced at only $395. Nearby sat a pair of 1930s era truck hoods — a Ford pickup hood with an “85” logo indicating it once shrouded an 85 hp V-8 engine and a 30s Plymouth hood for $295. Under their tent was a mid-century fireworks display from Michigan fireworks company Fusee priced at $275.
Betty Kime from Toledo has been a vendor at the Springfield shows for seven years with merchandise primarily acquired at estate sales. A surveyor’s transit, in the original case, made by Toledo manufacturer L. Beckman Company was priced at $245. The company manufactured surveying instruments from 1875 up to the founder’s death in 1945. The case for this piece carried the label of the service/repair arm of the company which was carried on by the founder’s son until 1951.
From Pickerington, Ohio, came The Vintage Vice owned by Leticia Kenner. Catching everyone’s eyes in her booth was a 16 foot cedar canoe from Canada priced at $1,250. Leticia’s husband adds to their business with repurposed items crafted into lamps using reproduction Edison bulbs. A 1940s Univex 8mm movie projector-turned-lamp was priced at $110.
Richard Swabb, yet another Ohio dealer, has sold at Springfield for two decades. He spent 30 years as a firefighter and that history helped shape his merchandise which included plenty of antique fire equipment. Vintage extinguishers were priced at $55, brass nozzles were $25, and a firefighter’s helmet was priced at $100.
Pickers Paradise from New York showcased a 1972 Ringling Brothers event poster for $150 along with several smaller pieces of Ringling ephemera. Owner Christine has sold at the Springfield show twice. Shoppers found her excitedly describing her recent acquisitions from a pharmacy in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to counter displays and dozens of bottles of patent medicines, she had a Dalton Adding and Calculating Machine reputedly used by the proprietor until the day the shop closed. It was priced at $295.
Hobbyists Marty Joseph and his son Marty, Jr. from Youngstown, Ohio, offered a dealer display cabinet for duMont Minute Man industrial keyway broaches. The Massachusetts company opened in 1945 and is still making machine tools today. The cabinet was priced at $275. The Josephs are avid repurposers, making tables out of live-edge wood and industrial pieces. Among them, a side table which paired a burled walnut top and a creamery base, priced at $465.
Another hobbyist, Marvin Wilcox from Bellefontaine, Ohio, had more than 30 street signs remaining on Sunday. The signs, pulled from the streets of Bellefontaine to be replaced with modern reflective ones, were originally slated for the scrapyard. Marvin bought the lot from a steel company and offered them up at the show for $25. He noted that buyers typically gravitate to signs with their name or some other personal connection. Also in his booth, hog waterers, circa 1915 for $125.
Morris Alpsin from Portland, Ind., had an eclectic mix. At the front of his booth, one table featured a huge collection of vintage radios — RCA/Victors, Bulovas, TrueTones, and even a Firestone — priced anywhere from $20 to $85. The one-time owner of Decades Antique Mall in Portland has been a vendor for 20 years, now mainly participating in shows like the Extravaganza.
Elsewhere at the show, a pair of wood theater seats offered by American Pie Antiques out of Waynesville, Ohio, was selling for $150. A pressed tin toy washing machine with its matching wash basin was priced at a modest $40 yet remained on Sunday afternoon. A late 1920s Hamilton Beach Model #25 milkshake mixer, labeled as being in strong working condition was selling for $125. A huge collection of over 500 SAMS Photofacts acquired from a TV repair shop could be snagged for $1 each or $125 for the lot.
The next Extravaganza is scheduled for Sept. 14-16. The company hosts smaller Springfield antiques shows at the fairgrounds from March through December. Admission is free but there is a $5 parking charge. Food is available onsite.
For more information, contact the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market at (937) 325-0053 or visit www.springfieldantiqueshow.com