Antiques lovers will have their pick of treasures this week as shows spring up across the valley from Bellevue to Ketchum.
Hailey's antique shows began last weekend, but as the Fourth is on a Wednesday, three shows in the valley decided to wait for the holiday.
Bill Summers will open his Ketchum 4th of July Antique Show on the holiday itself at the nexStage Theatre on Main Street in Ketchum. Summers said the nature of his show—indoors, unlike most other local antiques shows, which are outdoors—allows him to bring in higher-quality merchandise that might get damaged by weather.
A vendor that he expects to be popular is one who sells only vintage timepieces, including wristwatches.
"Women are wearing a lot of men's wristwatches from the 1920s and 1930s," he said, adding that the same dealer also offers vintage jewelry.
The same clientele might also enjoy a dealer who specializes in vintage Chanel and other designer items such as handbags and accessories. Those looking for something for the home might find a piece from a vendor from New Mexico who Summers said brings antique and vintage carpets from all over the world. Majolica pottery will be available, as well as antique silver, saddles, guns and art.
Summers said the recession has not put a significant dent in his business, even though his items are admittedly higher-end.
"People are always interested in beautiful things," he said. "I think our clientele here tend to be very sophisticated and they are not necessarily collectors, but they recognize a beautiful piece and they would like it for their home because they have just the perfect place for it."
Mary Vidano will open her Ketchum Art and Antique Show on Friday, July 6, at Forest Service Park and continue through the weekend. Known as the oldest antiques show in the valley, the market has been operated in the same place for 33 years.
Vidano said she seeks out dealers who have specialized niche markets—such as one who deals exclusively in formerly sunken coins and other treasure. Another deals in silver flatware. Vidano praised them for their good recall.
"They know everyone's pattern in the valley!" she said with a laugh.
The market will also feature handmade wooden bowls, early U.S. flags and plenty of antique jewelry.
At the southern part of the valley, Rebecca Prohorenko will open up shop for the 12th year in a row on Second Street in Bellevue, offering crafts and antiques in a homey atmosphere.
"It's really kind of a special feel here," she said. "We bake gazillions of cookies and it's kind of a social thing. We just offer the best, most wonderful stuff we can find."
Prohorenko has been scouring estate sales all year for the perfect finds, such as vintage buttons, laces, textiles and other "parts and pieces."
Christine Barrie will also open her barn on Broadford Road for a sale that includes sculpture, paintings, antiques, jewelry and ceramics.
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Antiques show schedule
- The Ketchum 4th of July Antique Show opens July 4 at the NexStage Theatre in Ketchum. It runs through July 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- The Ketchum Art and Antique Show opens July 6 in Forest Service Park in Ketchum. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- The Event at Rebecca's opens July 6 at 313 N. Second St. in Bellevue and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through July 9.
- The Broadford Show also opens July 6 at 399 Broadford Road in Bellevue. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through July 8.