Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Antiquing to usher in the autumn

Vintage finds throughout the valley this weekend

Express Staff Writer

Antique fairs in the Wood River Valley offer a wide variety of collectibles. Express file photo

    For some people, nothing honors the Wood River Valley heritage more than patronizing the multiple antique shows open on Labor Day weekend, when the valley celebrates Wagon Days.
    The Hailey Antique Market runs through the weekend, located at Roberta McKercher Park and the Hailey National Armory. The market will set up Thursday, Aug. 28, and runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Alee Marsters, coordinator of the Hailey show, just opened up a store called Antique Alley in Ketchum, but she’s juggling both her new store and the upcoming Labor Day show with excitement. She said they’ll have higher-end items inside the armory and things like yard art outside in the park. Up to 50 vendors will be showing their wares at the event, Marsters said.
    The Ketchum Antique and Art Show begins Friday, Aug. 29, and will run from Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Monday, Sept. 1, the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Forest Service Park in Ketchum, at Washington Street and First Avenue, the show features over 30 dealers offering what coordinator Dana Jo Cameron says are reasonably priced antiques, arts and collectibles. The show is hosted by Cameron’s business Blue Cow Antiques.
    Cameron said she’ll have some new booths, including Wagon Days-specific dealers, like a collector from Montana who specializes in “primitives”: old wagon wheels, wheelbarrows and other vintage Americana collectibles. Other offerings from the Ketchum show include handmade glass birdfeeders, custom jewelery, large metal flowers for yard decoration and personalized metal stamps.   
    In the south valley, Rebecca Prohorenko and business partner Laura Wehinger are hosting one last antiquing event before closing shop. Prohorenko, an avid collector of items across the West Coast, has opened up her home in Bellevue at select times throughout the year for vintage lovers to peruse her stock. She collaborates with Oregon-based artist Wehinger, who sells repurposed goods like lampshades and pillows at the show. Prohorenko has been holding shows at her Bellevue home for 14 years. The Labor Day event will have lots of “white things,” according to the coordinator: lace, linens and Victorian whites.
    “We don’t buy anything that we don’t like ourselves,” Prohorenko said.
    Check out Rebecca’s last event, which includes goods from Cobweb Antiques of Monroe, Wash., between Friday, Aug. 29, and Monday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 313 N. Second St. in Bellevue.  
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