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JUNE FESTIVAL OF ANTIQUES
POPULAR JUNE SHOW DRAWS HUGE CROWDMullica Hill, NJ - The sixth annual June Festival of Antiques hosted by The Yellow Garage Antiques of Mullica Hill, NJ proved to be another success by any measure. Fine weather, large crowds, and strong buying were the order of the day for the popular Southern New Jersey event. Held on the second Saturday of June at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, the show featured approximately 70 dealers under 4 pavilion roofs and outside dealers on the lawn, many of which set-up under tents. “Most dealers reported good to excellent sales. The crowd was large and kept coming until late in the day. The few dealers that didn’t sell accepted the fact that it just wasn’t their day. There were almost no complaints.” stated Steve Lipman, who promotes the event with his wife, Tracy Dodge.
A few of the items that left the fairgrounds heading for a new home included a set of early 19th Century bow-back Windsor chairs sold by Rob Stevens of Boggs Boynton Antiques of Gibbstown, NJ; A late 19th Century gameboard and two beautifully painted brides boxes sold by Doug and Cindy Robinson, As Good as Old of Lower Gwynedd, Pa; An early 20th C. carnival gamewheel and a 19th C. Pennsylvania painted blanket chest was sold by Todd Kibler, Country Antiques Two, Mullica Hill, NJ; Peter Bourque of Melissa Bourque Antiques, Garrison, NY sold an 18th C. scrubbed top tavern table and a 19th C. splay legged stand; Patti and Nate Doughty of Pine Lake Nursery and Antiques, Cape May, NJ sold outdoor furniture and antique garden accessories; Marianne Kuzmenchuk of Walker Valley Antiques, Cherry Hill, NJ sold an early Teddy bear, cast iron doorstops and shooting gallery targets. Across from Marianne in pavilion 3 was Hugh Alan Luck of Pine Street Studios, Wenonah, NJ. He sold an early watercolor portrait of a young boy, a 4 color gameboard, an apple basket in original red paint, and Halloween collectibles. Hugh, who makes his living as an artist, is well known among holiday collectors. He has done all six June Festivals and said that this was his best to date.
Two dealers that are also show promoters that were set-up were Dordy Fontinel of Nellysford, Virginia and Bob Lutz of Greenwich, NJ. Both dealers sold well. Bob indicated that he sold all his redware, an early sawbuck table and an outdoor furniture set, as well as other items. George Hawriluk of Pittsgrove, NJ had an impressive display of furniture in pavilion 2 and said he had a good show. There were three dealers specializing in glass that had good shows. Lon Knickerbocker of The Coast Antiques, Dansville, NY; Dale Murschell of Springfield, West Virginia and Thomas C. Haunton of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Lon brought a good selection of art glass while Dale’s tables had many pieces of early hand-blown items. Thomas, who authors the book “20th Century South Jersey Glass”, was selling Clevenger Bros. glassware, as well as copies of his book. The now defunct Clevenger Brothers began in the 1930’s making reproductions of 18th and 19th C. Southern New Jersey glass and commemorative bottles at their factory in nearby Clayton, NJ. Tom’s trip from Massachusetts to New Jersey was a bit of a homecoming for him.
Members of the Harrison Township Historical Society purchased a sign in pavilion 3a that read “For Sale- Lippincott- Mullica Hill”. The sign now resides in The Old Town Hall which is right next door to the Yellow Garage Antiques. The Historical Society is responsible for the upkeep of the building which has several ever-changing antiques displays plus an old general store. Some of the members of the Historical Society are involved with the festival and in turn a portion of the proceeds from the festival are donated by The Yellow Garage to benefit the organization.
Two of the first time dealers to the show were Jackie Everett of Glenwood, Maryland and Bernice Conn of Voorhees, NJ. Jackie specializes in dolls and doll houses and miniatures and loved the show. She was appreciative of the help at set-up, the complimentary breakfast and great sales. And Bernice is a veteran South Jersey dealer who had quality items including American schoolgirl samplers, sterling silver and fine art.
Returning from previous shows were country dealers Linda Grier of Langhorn, PA, Benji Kidwell of Ottsville, PA, Royal Port Antiques of Salem, NJ, Patrick Murray of Brick, NJ, Elizabeth Ayscough of Chadds Ford, PA, Hewlings House Antiques of Marlton, NJ, Marsha Batts of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Connie and Harry Gould of Newfield, NJ and Mark Teller of Wallingford, PA, to name a few. Chris Lovrinic of Lovrinic Antiques, Lambertville, NJ returned this year with period furniture, theorems and other artwork, samplers, and early iron.
Other June Festival veterans included Chuck Johnson who made the trip from Silver Spring, MD, Sam and Brenda Priem from Fairton, NJ, Perry Conant of Deptford, NJ, Steve and Mary Ann Gring of Ocean City, NJ, Peggy Miletta of Mauricetown, NJ, Carol Berkoff of Doylestown, PA, Donald Osburn of Easton, MD and Gordon and Normandy Schell of Galloway, NJ.
Many attendees made the one mile trip to the Historic District in Mullica Hill after the show where they did additional antiquing. The shops were inundated with people and reported the best sales day of the year.
For more information, visit www.yellowgarageantiques.com