Friday, June 29, 2012

Antiques markets spice up pre-holiday weekend

Hailey venues open tomorrow, June 30

Express Staff Writer

Holiday antique markets in the Wood River Valley offer a wide range of collectibles, from small trinkets to fine furniture. Express file photo

Art and antique lovers will have the chance to do some pre-holiday shopping this weekend at two markets set up in Hailey.

The Hailey Antique Market will be at Roberta McKercher Park and Hailey's Main Street Antique Art and Craft Show will be at the north end of town across from Albertsons.

Hailey's Antique Market is solely antiques, said owner and founder Alee Marsters.

"I don't have anyone that just makes stuff," she said. "I try to stay true to antique and vintage collectibles."

But, she said, within those collectibles are a variety of items at all price ranges, from antique fishing lures and napkin rings to the high-end items.

Marsters said she takes advantage of her show's spot near the rodeo grounds to showcase a number of horse- and rodeo-related items. She said one of her dealers sells solely cowboy boots.

"She has like 300 pairs," Marsters said. "It's fun when people bring their own style [to the show]."

Marsters' other vendors include a high-end antique Persian rug dealer, a shop that specializes in vintage movie posters—including Westerns—and dealers that just returned from Europe with a fresh stock of antique and vintage linens. Boots, spurs, antique hunting and fishing items as well as high-end estate jewelry will also be featured.


Dana Cameron, organizer of Hailey's Main Street Antique Art and Craft Show and owner of Blue Cow Antiques in Rupert, said her show also features crafts made from vintage items. Some of the best sellers are bird feeders made from old glass canning jars and antique china, while other vendors sell tie-dyed items and old farm machinery.

"We sell a variety of stuff, and so we have something that targets everybody," Cameron said.

Cameron said many of her clients come to the show for vintage beads and jewelry, which they use to repair or create other items. She loves the clients here, she said, and enjoys returning to the Wood River Valley each summer.

"It's fun, the people are nice and it's my favorite thing that I do every year," she said.

Hailey's Antique Market runs June 30 through July 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. Marsters said snacks and beverages would also be available at the show.

"You can hang out in the park and have a nice lunch while you're there," she said.

Hailey's Main Street Antique Art and Craft Show will be held June 30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Hailey just north of McDonald's. Admission to both shows is free.

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