The Walla Walla Antique Show and Sale will return to the Walla Walla Fairgrounds for its third year Oct. 8-10. The show attracts many antique dealers from across the Northwest.
While this is the third year that the show will be in Walla Walla, the show has a long history in Washington.
"Prior to Walla Walla, this show was held in the Tri-Cities for close to 30 years," said Ann Steiger, who is the promoter of the show. "We felt it was a wonderful opportunity to move it to the newly restored Historic Pavilion on the Fairgrounds in 2008."
Steiger said she estimates the show will draw close to 1,200 visitors over the span of three days. More than 35 dealers, many of whom come from outside the Walla Walla Valley, will attend the antique show. These dealers travel from Oregon, Idaho, and western Washington have a wide variety of specialties.
"We have a great list of antique dealers who specialize in everything from vintage glass, jewelry, old handmade and machine made tools, textiles and linens, kitchen collectibles," Steiger said.
Mark Grimshaw, the owner of Hobbit Antiques in Naches, Wash., is one of the dealers coming for the show. He specializes in American oak furniture and has been in business for 36 years. This is his third year participating in the Walla Walla show. He especially likes networking at shows and meeting new clientele.
"Meeting new clientele is what we all aim for in the business. If you don't meet new clientele, pretty soon you'll be out of business," Grimshaw said. One challenge in organizing such a large antique show is educating the public about the dealers who come from all over the Northwest. "They are experts in their areas," Steige said.
"They can also visit with these dealers about various items and learn more about a treasured heirloom," Steiger said. Steiger enjoys organizing the shows because she gets to interact not only with the dealers, but also with the general public.
"It is also great fun to greet folks coming to see the show. Each has a special story or reason for coming. Some are wanting to find one more piece to their collection. Some are wanting to learn more about a family heirloom. I get to hear all of the stories," Steiger said.