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Grand Rapids Antiques Market fills DeVos Place with treasures

January 2, 2013
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Grand Rapids Antiques Market fills DeVos Place with treasures
The Grand Rapids Antiques Market is Michigan’s largest indoor antique show. Photo via

The Grand Rapids Antiques Market returns to DeVos Place this weekend, featuring more than 100 vendors representing a variety of bygone eras. 

Collectors of Victorian, mid century, art deco, art nuevo and vintage goods from the 1950s and forward will find their tastes well represented. Shoppers can expect to find furniture, clothing and jewelry, among other items.

In its six-year history, the expo has continued to grow by up to 10 percent with each consecutive year, said Cecily Near, event manager for Grand Events. It also regularly adds vendors, some of which come from well outside of Michigan to participate.

“They come from all over, but we have a really good base of Grand Rapids vendors, so it’s a great way to keep money local and to support local small business owners, myself included,” Near said. “When you come to the show, you are supporting your local antique dealers. You are recycling. You can really feel good about the purchases that you make.”

The event will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For the first time, the Antiques Market is teaming up with the Old House Expo, which will run in conjunction with the market throughout the day on Saturday.

The Old House Expo focuses on the techniques, materials, contractors and suppliers that old houses need to withstand the tests of time. Two educational tracks will be offered for expo visitors, covering topics that include financing housing projects, foundations, masonry, lead paint, kitchen and bath re-models, and re-finishing hardwood floors.

“It’s a great way to learn about restoring your largest antique, which is your home that is 50 years or older,” Near said.

Near said that the expos share a mutual audience, so pairing up was a natural fit and gives antiques collectors an enhanced opportunity.

The Antiques Market will also offer free fishing tackle appraisals by Terry McBurney, writer for “Woods-n-Water News,” while Schmidt's Antiques will provide $5 item appraisals and sponsor Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids will host a vintage jewelry fashion show.

The Miss Valentine Pin Up Contest, which included preliminary rounds at local bars during December, will culminate with the grand finale at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with women showing off the glamour of the 1940s and ’50s. Entertainment will also be provided by The Social Dance Studio, which will be performing on the main stage in the ballroom at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Coupons for $2 off of admission are available at Goodwill locations and local antique shops.

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