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"Business as Usual"

Mullica Hill, NJAll eyes were on The Weather Channel as tropical storm Andrea raced up the East Coast the first week of June as it dumped 4" of rain on Southern New Jersey the day before the 7th annual June Festival of Antiques. "Luckily the rain stopped at 3 A.M. just 3 hours before set-up." stated Steve Lipman, who promotes the show with his wife Tracy Dodge, owners of The Yellow Garage Antiques. "As it was, the weather turned out good on Saturday with just a brief passing shower in the afternoon. The fairgrounds drained amazingly well. Our dealers had visions of trucks stuck in the mud and huge ponds, but by show's open, everything was nice and dry. The antique show gods were with us." Lipman said.

Over 60 dealers were set-up under four open air pavilions and outside on the lawns of the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 8th for the one day event. By days end, most of the dealers stated that they had a good show and were pleased with the turnout. "The show has always had a steady crowd throughout the day. By around 10:30, the fairgrounds were inundated with 100's of shoppers, and that held up for most of the day. We had a very good gate." stated Lipman.

Some of the dealers set-up at this years event included George Allen and Gordon Wycoff of Raccoon Creek Antiques of Oley, Pennsylvania. Gordon stated that they sold well, including a unique wooden rotating sewing chest in original red paint. Right next door was Peter Bourque of Melissa Bourque Antiques, Garrison, NY. Peter had a great display of country smalls, folk art, and original oil paintings and said he had another good year here. New to the antiques show business but not new to antiques was Daniel Caucci of Doylestown, PA who trades under the name Back in Time. Daniel had a mix of excellent quality items including a pair of early 19th C. portraits, a signed paint-decorated York County PA blanket chest, a pair of very early Spanish brass candle sticks, a painted Dutch spoon holder, and a wonderful Navaho rug. Daniel was also happy with his results.

Under pavilion 3a was first time festival dealer Stephan Boyer of Finish Line Collectibles, Columbia, PA. Boyer had an amazing display including trade signs, carnival wheels, good advertising, a pair of old furlong markers from a horse racing track, a few sailors valentines, and an early 1900's freezer with advertising from a seafood store in remarkable condition. He said he had a good show and will definitely return next year.

Eight of the dealers set up at the show were from the Yellow Garage Antiques. South Jersey stalwarts Sam and Brenda Priem of Time Traveler Antiques had two spaces- one inside and one outside. Sam said they sold equally well in both spots, including a pair of Durand lamps and some Sterling. Anthony Puca of Me ‘n My Partner racked-up some big numbers with primarily estate jewelry and Todd Kibler of Country Antiques Two said he sold some good smalls including an early stoneware jug attributed to Clarkson Crolius and an early 1900's folk art penguin. Bobbie and Jeff Britton had a beautiful display featuring American flags for a backdrop to their fine quality country furniture that included a painted drysink and a signed Philadelphia fanback Windsor chair. George Hawriluk brought an eclectic mix of country and formal furniture, stained glass, and good smalls including some nice 20th C. toys. Hugh Alan Luck of Pine Street Studios brought a lot of great things out of his personal collection including some English sand timers, an early tavern sign, a large early walnut spice chest, and some fine oil paintings. Hugh said he sold well at the set-up and show. Michael Bittner, another Yellow Garage dealer, was pleased having bought and sold well. And rounding out the Yellow Garage group was Marilyn Klompus of Chestertown, MD. Marilyn, who trades under the name of Plum Lucky Antiques said she bought and sold well and was happy to be back in Mullica Hill.

Maryland dealer Jackie Walker returned this year and reported good sales including a fine Hepplewhite one drawer sewing stand in the original paint-decorated surface. The stand had a cloth slide-out bag below the drawer and was signed by the maker on the underside. Langhorne, PA dealer Linda Grier said she had a good show. Linda deals in country furniture and smalls and said she made many sales including some early lighting, an incised stoneware jar, and some early wrought iron. And Don Osborne of The Old Board, Easton, Maryland said he always sells well at this show but this year was his best ever, having done all six prior June Festivals. He said his only problem would be finding more inventory for upcoming shows.

Marianne Kuzmenchuk of Walker Valley Antiques said she had an excellent show. Marianne’s booth had a huge selection of Halloween collectibles, cast iron door stops, and teddy bears. For years Marianne did shows with her uncle, the late George Walowen of New York City. And Larry and Joan Frankl of Margate, NJ seemed to have non-stop selling as there was a crowd hovering around their booth all day perusing their tabletop showcases filled with small treasures.

The June Festival of Antiques is held once a year and is a benefit to The Harrison Township Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.yellowgarageantiques.com



Attendee carrying a clothes tree
 made of Cypress

Local collector checking out decoys
in booth of Royal Port Antiques.


Daniel Caucci, Back in Time,
Doylestown, PA

Rosemary Tilli, Trinkets and Treasures,
Philadelphia, PA

Jacqueline Walker Antiques,
Aberdeen, MD

Raccoon Creek Antiques,
Oley, PA

Melissa Bourque Antiques,
Garrison, NY

Hugh Alan Luck, Pine Street Studios,
Wenonah, NJ

As Good as Old,
Lower Gwynedd, PA

George Hawriluk Antiques,
Elmer, NJ

Finish Line Collectibles,
Campbelltown, PA

Michael Bittner,
Mount Laurel, NJ

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