Sunday, April 14, 2013

Marin County Antique Market

    I spent a delightful day yesterday at the Marin County Indoor Antique Market, held twice a year at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California. For many years, this show was, uh, BORING.. but new management and new dealers have really added quality and BLING to this event.  

    There are more than eighty booths to visit where you can shop for unique decorative items for your home, including one-of-a-kind treasures from the 20's thru 60's. There's furniture, tableware, linens, and more knick-knacks than you'll find at Grandma's house. Several dealers specialize in Asian art and accessories, most very fairly priced. I spotted a fab blue and white porcelain buddah for $45. Of course, it was a repro, but at that price, who cares?

     Antique, vintage and estate jewelry occupy a big percentage of floor space. There are a couple of dealers who specialize in silver and one who exhibits and sells Bakelite exclusively. Also check out the watches and clocks, Native American art and artifacts, books, photographs, postcards, posters and prints. Ancient coins, vintage toys, kitchen collectibles and vintage clothing ...
     The next show will be held December 7 - 8. Hours are Saturday 10 - 6, and Sunday 10 - 5.

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