Shrimp Festival’s Antique Show 2016

Antique and vintage items are great when you are looking to decorate your home or office, or add to an existing collection, but do you know the difference between antique and vintage?

Shrimp Festival’s Antique Show 2016 The older I get, the more I seem to appreciate antique furniture and vintage jewelry, and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival offers an amazing display of vendors on Saturday and Sunday in the festival’s Antique Show. You’ll find furniture, nautical items, jewelry, dolls, plates and other collectibles. These exhibitors offer true antiques and vintage products. Reproductions and new retail items are not permitted. Many of these vendors have been coming to the Festival for 10, 15, and 20 years. Some come from as far away as Maryland, and Key Largo, Florida, just to participate in the show.

You could spend days looking at all of the items sold in the antiques section of the Shrimp Festival. There will be quilts, fossils, sharks teeth, glassware, pottery, beads and vintage jewelry, and the old wood carvings and folk art are amazing.

spoon-bracelet-by-harmony-in-designOld silverware and gemstones are transformed into wearable art as seen in the picture of the spoon fish bracelet by Jim and Lia Harmon of Harmony in Design. Depression glass, old photography equipment and vintage fabric items will also be up for sale.

Antique and vintage items are great when you are looking to decorate your home or office, or add to an existing collection, but do you know the difference between antique and vintage? In 1930, the United States passed a law defining antiques as an item produced prior to the year 1830. This was to help people distinguish the difference between vintage, reproduced, and antique items. However, that law became outdated and was changed in 1966 to simply define antique as an item that was at least 100 years or older. There are some conditions that were added to clarify repairs and restorations. Vintage items refer to items that are at least 20 years old. For example, an item from the 1950s would be vintage, not an antique.

Adding an antique, or a piece of vintage furniture, will add warmth, and conversation to your space, but how do you know what to look for? If you find a piece that sparks your interest take a closer look. Look at how it is made. Look for chips, cracks, stains or breaks. Do these imperfections add character or is your “find” about to fall apart? Ask the seller if they know the history of the piece. If you select a piece that requires alterations such as refinishing or reupholstering, keep in mind those endeavors can become costly and they would diminish the value of a truly antique piece.

Old pieces will look old. It’s a good idea to look in the crevices of the wood for dust and debris, use a flashlight if you need to. Older pieces are constructed with old fashioned hardware. Furniture will be held together with nails and not staples. If an item is handmade, the dovetail cuts won’t be perfect.

Talk to the exhibitors. Folks that travel to sell their wares at festivals love to meet other people and you will find they are have a wealth of knowledge they are willing to share, after all, this is the business they are in.

Your best bet is to be prepared by doing a little homework if you are considering an expensive purchase. Read books on Depression glass, or look at auction sites for specific items you may be interested in, such as an antique pie safe. With a price range from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars, my novice shopping skills and budget would restrict me to purchasing an imported reproduction pie safe for $49.95. But, even if you are no expert in antiques or vintage merchandise, shopping those items at the Shrimp Festival is still a lot of fun and this year I’ll be looking for old shop signs, nautical items, and of course, vintage jewelry.


Terry and Carol Bodeker
Port Charlotte, FL
Antique glassware, pottery
Vintage jewelry, collectibles

Barbara and Frank Charboneau
Bushnell, FL
Small collectibles

Quoc Boa Chaw
Melbourne, FL
Antique ceramics, glassware, jade

Laura Czarnecki
Holly Hills, FL
Vintage collectibles, jewelry

George Diaz
Jacksonville, FL
Fossils, shark teeth

Christine & Christopher Dillon
Fernandina Beach
Antiques, folk art, wood carvings

Karen Eberly
Gainesville, FL
Vintage kimono, jackets
Jewelry, textiles

Janis Gager
Orlando, FL
Beads & collectibles

Jim and Lia Harmon
Harmony in Design
Middle River, MD
Antique silverware & gemstones
Made into unique wearable art

Randy Jesper
Dunnellin, FL

Elizabeth Kiefer
Spring Hill, FL
Quilts, pottery, beads, jewelry

Paul Luczynski
Coconut Critters
Key Largo, FL
Antiques, glass, pottery

Ann McDaniel
Zephyrhills, FL
Antiques, collectibles, jewelry

Sue McDaniel
Pinellas Park, FL
Depression glass, pottery,
Old cameras

Marilyn Meredith
Meredith’s Antiques, Inc
Deerfield Beach, FL
Antiques, vintage collectibles
Silver jewelry

Arlene Minschel
Island Treasures
Fernandina Beach, FL
Antiques, collectibles, nautical

Debra Moffat
Jacksonville, FL
Antiques, recycled jewelry

Ronni Nagel
Jacksonville, FL
Handmade vintage fabric
Pillows and bags

John Netcher
Olde Tyme Antiques
Jewelry, nautical, glass, pottery
Art, small furniture

Genie O’Brien
Newberry, FL
Rocks, stones, fossils, jewelry

Victoria Pierce
St. Petersburg, FL
Jewelry, furniture, smalls

Tania Sante
Umatilla, FL
Men and women collectibles

Sandra Smith
Zephyrhills, FL
Antiques, collectibles

Bridget Zelnick
Groveland, FL
Antique glass, china

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