The New Bern Preservation Foundation's upcoming annual Antiques Show & Sale is another example of New Bern Strong following the destruction of last fall’s Hurricane Florence.
With the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center still under repair, the foundation vowed the 33rd annual show would go on - with a new home for this year.
Event chairman Larry Rosenstrauch likens the group and its endeavors to that of the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.”
“We'd like to think we're the little Foundation that could - could find a location that our dealers and customers will love and reflects the quality of our antiques show,” he said this week, as preparation continues for the Feb. 15 to 17 events. “We've found that in the Carolina Colours Pavilion. It's beautiful, easy to get to and has plenty of free parking exclusively for our customers.”
The new location is 3300 Waterscape Way, New Bern. Carolina Colours is located on U.S. 70 East.
The affordable show tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
The Feb. 15 and 16 hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Feb. 17, the Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are available in advance at Mitchell Hardware on Craven Street and both New Bern area Harris Teeter stores for $8 or online at NewBernPF.org Also purchase them for $10 at the door. For families, children under age 15 are admitted free with an adult.
While some other events have been postponed in the wake of the storm, Rosenstrauch said it was a united and unanimous decision to hold the antique show.
“Our dealers, who come from all over the East coast, love our show and wanted us to find a location to continue the show for its 33rd year even though the Convention Center is closed,” he said. “We invite our community to come have fun browsing and finding something special at this year's show. It's an easy way to support preservation, learn a lot, and take something home that will be memorable.”
The types of items include estate jewelry, fine art, military items, linens, toys, guns, furniture, maps, hats, vintage clothing, glassware, silver, steins, crystal, china and lamps.
There is a fact-check process involved.
“Our contract with the dealers says items should be at least 50 years old, meaning it was made up until about 1968. You’ll find items sometimes as old as the 1700s and occasionally older,” he said.
There are no donated items for the sale, but the door prizes are locally donated.
Another popular feature each year is the appearance by local appraisers.
“Each ticket holder can bring one item for our appraisers to identify and tell them about,” Rosenstrauch explained. “These are not formal appraisals of value, but in some cases they can give the owner a broad range of value. And, more importantly they can talk to the owner about the object and its possible origin. This is a very popular part of the show and we encourage all who are interested to bring just one item to keep the flow moving.”
The New Bern Preservation Foundation was created in 1972 and celebrates 47 years of service in 2019.
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