Mid-America News - AUGUST 2018




Hermann dealer marks 4th anniversary

In Hermann, Ye Old Fire Company sells fire fighting memorabilia. Antiques Unlimited 2 features antique furniture and primitives. It's marking four years in business Aug., 18-19. (photo by Bruce Cox)

Bruce Cox is well known in Hermann for his two antique shops. One of them, Antiques Unlimited 2, will mark its fourth anniversary this month. Cox also operates another shop, Antiques Unlimited/Ye Olde Fire Company.

"Are you a fire fighter, a collector of fire fighting memorabilia or just appreciate fire fighters?Then you need to visit my shop in Hermann that is dedicated to the collecting of fire fighting memorabilia," Cox said.

Ye Olde Fire Company is filled with collectibles from helmets, badges, fire extinguishers, toy fire trucks, patches, bells and morefor sale. Cox also displays a collection of fire fighting items that are not for sale. "My shop is different than most shops," he said.

Antiques Unlimited/Ye Olde Fire Company is located at 117 East 2nd St.Cox tries to keep the shop openseven days a week, but is closed when an opportunity comes up for more treasures, he said."A call ahead is advised if coming from a distanceto make sure we will be open." Call 573-486-2148.

Cox also owns Antiques Unlimited 2, which is a more traditional shop downtown, this month marking its fourth year in business. The celebration will be held the weekend of Aug. 18-19.

"The shop will have refreshments, drawings for a gift basket andgift certificatesand some of our dealers will have special sales at that time," Cox said. Antiques Unlimited 2 has become known for quality furniture, glassware, advertising, antique toys, primitives and local artist wares.

Antiques Unlimited 2 is located at 205 E. 1st St. Hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. onSaturdayand10 a.m.-5 p.m. onSunday. Call 573-486-0103 for details or check the Facebook page for Antiques Unlimited 2.



Springfield will get its kicks on Route 66

Nothing attracts interest like a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. See many other classic automobiles at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield this month. (photo courtesy City of Springfield)

The largest annual event to take place in downtown Springfield returns Aug. 10-11 when The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival rolls back to town. Also rolling in will be hundreds of restored cars and trucks, which will make for a huge car show and parade. Organizers said that last year's Route 66 Festival saw more than 50,000 people come to downtown Springfield. They expect even more for this year's 8th annual festival.

"We have come a long way with this festival since it began in 2011," said festival founder David Eslick. "With last year's 450 cars, 2,900 motorcycles and 53,000 spectators, as well as the Friday night parade that drew 400 plus cars. It has become the largest event in downtown Springfield."

Festival officials hope to top last year's attendance with the help of an all free musical act lineup on the Park Central Square stage that includes groups from Branson and the Springfield region.

"We have some surprises planned for this year's festival that we're pretty excited about," said Aaron Sachs of Aaron Sachs and Associates, one of the festival sponsors. "There's such a rich heritage and tradition with Springfield being the birthplace of Route 66. I can see a day when this festival will draw more than 100,000 people," he said.

Besides the car shows and live music, activities will include the Open Road Girl Rally, the Authors, Artists, Collectors and Associations Expo, Vendor Village, a big parade and a 6.6K run/walk. Motorcycle Village will be in full swing all weekend.

New this year will be a raffle for a 1932 Ford Roadster that will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Other festival sponsors include Ozarks on Two Wheels, Radio station KY3/KSPR and the City of Springfield. For the complete schedule and for more details go to the website, www.route66festivalsgf.com.



Model railroaders plan big show in Kansas City

This youngster seems mesmerized by the model trains that were operating at a past Mid-America Train and Toy Show. (photo courtesy Mid-America Train and Toy Show)

The Mid-America Train and Toy Show returns to Kansas City on Sunday Aug. 5. Vendors from around the Midwest will be on hand to explain and sell all kinds of gear for model railroading.

Vendors will occupy more than 200 tables for buying and selling trains and toys. They include individuals who may run a full retail toy or train shop, collectors and hobbyists selling off their extra items or dealers who buy and sell used trains and toys. Some will occupy multiple tables.

Items for sale can be new, used or collectible items offered by retail vendors or hobbyists thinning their collections. Attendees will meet others interested in the hobby. There will also be groups displaying information on their clubs and organizations. Other activities include free train movies, door prizes and concessions. Free parking.

All of this is only $5 for adults and children under 12 are free with a paid adult. The Mid-America Train and Toy Show will be held at the KCI Exhibit Center, 11728 NW Ambassador Dr., Kansas City.

For more details visit the website, www.midamericatrainandtoyshow.com



Appreciating their customers in St. Joseph

The two antique malls in St. Joseph, Jesse James Antique Mall and The Rusty Chandelier have declared Sunday, Aug. 12 as "Customer Appreciation Day" and a big sale is planned. Customers can expect at least 10 percent discounts throughout each mall.

"We've been voted St. Joseph's favorite antique mall three years running," said Renee King, marketing director for the malls. "With over 110 booths, 160 showcases and 40 small shelving areas throughout two large rooms, we are one of the region's largest antique malls." Be prepared to spend some time browsing through all the items the dealers have to offer and if shoppers need to take break, sit down for a spell and enjoy a cup of coffee back in the coffee corner.

"We have new items added daily, so you will want to make us one of your regular stops on your antiquing adventures," King said.

Both malls are open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. They are located at Exit 53 at Interstate 29 and Bus. Hwy. 71. Check the website www.jessejamesantiquemall.com or www.rustychandelier.com.

For information, call 816-232-0099.



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Topeka dealers set August show

Quality stemware such as these examples should be available at the Topeka Antique Dealers Association August Antique & Collectibles Show. (photo courtesy TADA)

The Topeka Antique Dealers' Association has set Aug. 24-25 as the dates of its annual August Antique & Collectible Show. More than 35 dealers will be present with quality antiques, jewelry, glassware, bottles, stoneware, collectibles and more.

On Saturday, two presentations are scheduled: Collecting Militaria at 10:30 a.m. presented by Henry Johns and Collecting Estate Jewelry at 1:30 p.m. Led by Bonnie Riley, a long time dealer.
Admission is free on Saturday, during the show from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. On Friday night a "Sneak Peek" admission is $3 per person from 5-8 p.m.

For nearly 70years, theTopeka Antique Dealers' Associationhas represented dealers, member shops and malls in greater Topeka, Kansas. Currently, more than 200 dealers and 13 member businesses belong to TADA. The association's purpose remains to inform the buying public about antiques and promote an interest in antiques.

The show will be held in the Maner Conference Center, Sunflower Ballroom at 17th and Western. For more information call 785-862-8850 or 785-633-3743.



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Don't' fret, the What Cheer Flea Market is
coming right up

The summer edition of the What Cheer Flea Market is set for the weekend of Aug. 2-5 at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. The Thursday early bird admission is $5. Friday and Saturday admission is only $2 and admission is free on Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. The fairgrounds are located at 13061 170th St. in What Cheer.

Attendees can expect to find all measure of treasures including antiques, military memorabilia, collectibles, old tools, primitives, post card, glassware, coins, jewelry, furniture, baseball cards and stamps for starters.

The What Cheer Flea Market has been listed as one of the "don't miss flea markets in the Midwest," so don't. More details are available at the website, www.whatcheerfleamarket.com.



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One last ride for Bargains Galore on 64

If it's the second weekend of August, then you can pack up the car and head to Arkansas for 160 miles of yard sales, antiques, collectibles, and flea markets from Fort Smith past Conway to Beebe along Hwy. 64. Yes, it's the 19th and final Bargains Galore on 64 yard sale extravaganza.This annual event is held on Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11.

Designated a "Travel Treasure" by Southern Traveler magazine, the event draws family vacationers and dealers, buyers and sellers alike, who "treasure" not only great bargains along Hwy 64 but also the friendly atmosphere and the beautiful vistas that prevail. Visitors and natives alike will join in the fun of selling or buying along this antiques and "stuff" shop-a-holics' highway of vendors with bargains galore.

No permits are required and fine restaurants, motels and other tourist services can be found along the whole scenic route. This is a great fund-raiser for any civic or religious organization as well as individuals and many businesses.

For more information visit the website, www.bargainsgaloreon64.org.


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Houston Glass Club sets show in Rosenberg

Stunning glassware such as these green tinted treasures are sure to be in abundance at the Vintage Glass and Antique Show and Sale. (photo courtesy the Houston Glass Club)

The Houston Glass Club will be holding its 44th annual Vintage Glass and Antique Show, Aug. 17-19 in Rosenberg. at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.

This annual event is the highlight of the year for the glass club and its members. "Countless hours go into preparations to make this show a success each year which has become one of the top rated glass shows in the south," said Nancy Norman, show chairperson. "Collectors and dealers from all over eagerly anticipate this annual event in order to add special one-of-a-kind treasures to their collections."

More than 30 dealers from across the United States will display over 200 tables of the finest quality glass including: Depression era glass, EAPG, American crystal, American dinnerware, kitchenware and pottery.

"Another aspect in making this event successful has been the well-received general line antique show," Norman said. This is held in the second building and features selected respected general line antique dealers from around the area.

"These dealers bring a wide variety of quality items including furniture, jewelry, textiles, linens, silver and more," she said.

Admission to the show is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday, and is good all weekend. Plenty of free parking is available. The Fort Bend County Fairgrounds are located off Hwy. 59 South, just mile south on Hwy. 36.

"Founded in 1883, Rosenberg has grown from a town with one hotel, a grocery store and a saloon to becoming the next great escape," Norman said. Located just 30 miles southwest of Houston at Hwys 59 and 36, the City of Rosenberg offers plenty of antique shops, restaurants, hotels and motels.


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World's Longest Garage Sale set Aug. 2-5


The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as "The World's Longest Yard Sale." That's because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it's 690 miles long and the route travels through six states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

Most of the route follows Hwy. 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From there the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing motorists to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states whil all the while enjoying the fun of the World's Longest Yard Sale.

So far, more than 2,200 vendors have signed up to participate.

Officials in Alabama are particularly excited about this year's event. Many shoppers begin the 690-mile, six state journey in Gadsden, taking the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway to Chattanooga and following Highway 127 all the way north to Addison, MI.

"Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found," the Alabama Tourism Commission reports. "It is estimated to be more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama alone."

Vendors are typically up and running by 8 a.m. and operate until late in the evening each day of the event. Find out more at the website, www.127yardsale.com.



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