Purchase Story

The 57th Lititz Antiques Show

Lititz, Pennsylvania

"I bought really well and sold some nice things. The show is such a pleasure to do,” remarked Lynne Oppenheimer of Ivy Hill Primitives, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, at the Lititz Antiques Show. The 57th annual show was held June 28 and 29 at Warwick Middle School in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Located just several miles north of Lancaster, this region is the heartland for antiquing.

“It takes a community to run a healthy show like this, and we have a dedicated core,” stated co-manager Henry “Smitty” Paul, who ran the popular event this year along with David Geiger.

The show is an excellent one and well run on behalf of the Lititz Historical Foundation. “There are thirty-five people involved in putting the show on, including those who make the homemade pies and cakes,” said Paul. “We had more shoppers attend than last year,” Paul further stated, and sales were good for most exhibitors. The show can accommodate 49 booths, and there were 60 dealers this year (several shared a stand).

Held the same weekend as the local summer Renninger’s extravaganzas (Kutztown and Adamstown), the show brings in shoppers who know they will have a chance to find nice things at buyable prices. Sales were quite good for many dealers on the second day, which is often not the case at any two-day show (Lititz is a Friday and Saturday show). Some showgoers had to work their traditional Monday to Friday jobs and missed opening day. Lititz is a highly relevant show in today’s new market. It has been revived over the past two to three years and is once again considered a can’t-miss country show. These small regional affairs in southeastern Pennsylvania are doing well today (the Elverson and Kempton shows are two other examples) because of the low overhead costs for the dealers and the fact that quality things show up that are not priced to the moon. Advanced collectors and the trade have caught on and shop these once overlooked shows.

The photos show a small portion of the offerings. For additional information, visit the website (www.lititzantiqueshow.org).

Francis Crespo, a full-time dealer from nearby Lancaster, brought a large group of cigar band decoupage art dating from the 1890s to 1930s. The lidded glass jar was $130, and the plate, $85.

Ponzi’s Antiques, Trumansburg, New York, asked $1695 for the sewing thread spool holder from the 1920s.

This unusual Pennsylvania bucket bench/cupboard, likely in a second-generation but not contemporary painted surface, sold to the trade. Robert Conrad of Yeagertown, Pennsylvania, had it marked $2495.

Jeffrey Ricketts of Rising Sun, Maryland, had a good show. The stone fruit pieces on the table were $20 each. Ricketts will study art conservation as a freshman this fall at the University of Delaware.

Cheryl Mackley of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, had a very good show selling a lot of holiday material. These three stoneware pieces were (from left) $475, $395, and $395.

Brian Hart of Oley Valley Antiques, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, asked $110 for the period redware fish mold.

The carved wooden Indian figure by Harry Quinter of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, was marked $375 by David Tuttle of Oley, Pennsylvania.

Between the years of 1913 and 1949 Muriel Foster of England kept a fishing diary, which she embellished with watercolor drawings. Viking Press published her journal. These framed entries were priced at $30 each by Ingle Nook Antiques, Springfield, Virginia.

These two iron stamps, “L. Gerhart.” and “Chairmaker / Lebanon. Pa.,” were marked $75 by Wayne Wilhide of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and they sold.

This very large solid wood eider male working decoy was carted off the floor on the second day of the show by a collector. It was sold by Cindy Barwell of Barwell’s Antiques, Nottingham, Pennsylvania.

The large mocha pitcher was $2100 from B.C. White of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

This unusual clothespin basket was $350 from Diane Hogg of Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

Patti Guthrie of Guthrie & Larason, Chalfont, Pennsylvania, had this display case full of southwestern jewelry (mostly Navajo but some Zuni and Hopi) dating from the 1930s to contemporary.

Henry “Smitty” Paul of American Vernacular, Lititz, Pennsylvania, co-manager of the show, discussed the all-original Pennsylvania farm chair table with a shopper on the second day. It was priced at $1200.

Wayne Wilhide had some excellent redware and stoneware. Here is a fine multiglaze bowl with a bold coggle edge and rope-twist handle. Priced at $425, it sold.

This Pennsylvania German Lancaster County sampler with center quilt block and embroidery work, dated 1858, was $675 from Tex Johnson and Son Antiques, Adamstown, Pennsylvania.

The pair of silk-on-linen samplers was $595, and the printed songbook with a fraktur bookplate, from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, was $1250 from Diane and Jim Farr. The samplers sold.

McClearen Antiques, Manheim, Pennsylvania, asked $895 for the horse rocker and $395 for the red-painted wooden bowl. The Pennsylvania crib quilt, Huber family, 1880s, sold.

Squirrel Run Antiques, Wilmington, Delaware, asked $225 for the Maine mustard- and green-painted wooden tray-form wood carry with an arched handle.

This paint-decorated miniature blanket chest ranked as a show-stopper. It was priced at $1750 by Diane and Jim Farr of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.


Originally published in the September 2019 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2019 Maine Antique Digest

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