By Brandi Underwood
The inside of the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center will be transformed into a primitive-lover’s paradise Saturday as the American Traditions Antique Show is set to roll into town.
Show promoter and antique aficionado Donna Smith, of Afton, Va., said she realized the need for a southern West Virginia early antique/country primitive show after noticing many West Virginians traveling to bordering states to attend antique shows.
“West Virginia is a convenient location for people,” Smith said. “It’s centrally located for people from Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas.”
Smith said 30 vendors from all over the East Coast will showcase their collectibles at the show, exhibiting strictly antiques and country primitive items.
Pieces for new collectors to even the most discriminating collectors will be available at the show, or just something to warm the country home, Smith said.
“We have quality shows,” Smith said. “We try to stay away from junk.”
Items like primitive furniture, handmade folk art, coverlets, woven baskets, blanket chests and pottery will be available at the show, among many other things, Smith said.
Several West Virginian vendors will be participating in the show, including Lewisburg’s Thymeworn Antiques & Primitives, Fayetteville’s Brier Creek Primitives & Antiques and a Charleston area folk artist, Mike Spangler, among several others.
Lesa Cook, of Brier Creek Primitives, said her shop specializes in reproduction furniture with an antique look, using leather, tin and reclaimed wood to add flair to her furniture.
Cook, who has been making primitive furniture for 19 years, said she plans to sell several styles of furniture at the show — ranging from trestle tables to shelving — as well as handmade Christmas decorations.
“This show is different than just a craft show,” Cook explained. “There are going to be true primitive crafts and antiques, what I refer to as ‘Early Cabin Look.’”
Tickets for early-bird buyers, from 10 a.m. to noon, will be on sale for $10, and tickets for the noon to 4 p.m. crowd will be $5.
Based on the show’s success, Smith said she hopes the primitive show can become a permanent addition to the southern West Virginia community, including both a spring and fall show each year.
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