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Olde Stark Antique Faire still going strong

2/9/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Auctioneer and appraiser Dave Morris will give verbal appraisals of items brought to the Olde Stark Antique Faire.
Photo courtesy Olde Stark Antique Faire
CANTON — For 23 years, the Olde Stark Antique Faire has been bringing dozens of antique dealers together under one roof.

Barbara Garduno, an Akron resident, started the antique show with her brother when they found space in the Exhibition Building at the Stark County Fairgrounds that wasn’t being used.

“It was rentable, so we took a chance,” she said. “We’ve been in the same place all these years, in the same building.”

The antique show will next take place Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is held during one weekend in five months of a year. The other show dates for 2012 are March 10 and 11, April 14 and 15, Oct. 13 and 14, and Nov. 10 and 11.

Garduno said the show has kept going despite a tough economy and the challenge presented by online auction sites in recent years.

“When the Internet and eBay started, we had a little bit of trouble, but we persevered and the show came back,” Garduno said. “The dealers found out that people like to see what they are buying. They like to touch it and feel it and talk to the vendors.”

The result has been that the show has been filled to capacity with its vendors the past year, she added.

About 100 vendors will be on site this month, with everything from heirlooms to folk art, Garduno said. Included are antique furniture, pottery, porcelain, crystal, clocks, quilts, linens, lamps, home décor, postcards, old toys and dolls, rustic primitives, tools, period and Victorian, art deco, militaria, sports memorabilia, coins, vintage clothing and jewelry, books, prints and more.

This month, she also expects vendors to have a selection of vintage valentines for sale as well.

Also, those who attend can meet with auctioneer and appraiser Dave Morris, who will give free verbal appraisals of items brought to the show.

“You can bring a box of stuff or one or two items,” Garduno said. “I’ve even seen him go out to someone’s car to look at a larger item.”

Garduno said some of the vendors are willing to buy items that attendees bring to the show.

This month’s show also will feature Pat Dame, who will demonstrate chair caning.

Vendors come to the show from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia, Garduno said. Some vendors come to every show, but each show usually has new vendors, she added.

Admission to the Olde Stark Antique Faire is $4, with a two-day pass available for $5. Children younger than 12 are admitted for free. Parking also is free.

The fairgrounds are located at 305 Wertz Ave. To get there from Akron, take Interstate 77 south to Exit 106 and go 1 mile west. For more information, contact Garduno at 330-794-9100.

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