Here it is the first week of October, which means the outdoor shows are just winding down and the indoor shows are just getting started. The first of these is less than a month away.
The Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association's 92nd show is Nov. 2-3 at the Interstate Center's Mini Expo Building, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington. That location also is known as Illinois 9 at exit 160 on Interstate 74.
By far the oldest continuous show in Illinois, this is CIADA's 46th year (it does two shows a year). Just stop and think a minute: 92 of anything in a row. That means it has been successful, the dealers are making a profit and the customers continue to come year after year.
The show has it all: glass, china, furniture, pottery, jewelry, dolls, toys, silverware (plate and sterling), books, linens, lamps and primitives. It features numerous out-of-state dealers besides those from central Illinois.
It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10:30 to 4 Nov. 2. For more information, call Prim Daniels, the show manager, at 546-1717.
Jump ahead one month to the first Saturday and Sunday in December, and it will be time for the ninth "GAS," otherwise known as the Gordyville Antique Show.
It's just a babe in the woods compared to the CIADA show.
I will write more about this show closer to the event. It is the only show we do, and we have been there every year, rain or snow. You can count on us being there.
For those of you who missed it or were out of town when it happened: Lucy Gray, a classic lady and longtime antique dealer in Champaign, passed away on Sept. 13.
I remember meeting her in the 1940s when she ran the elevator at Kaufman's store in downtown Champaign. Later, she was a saleswoman in the women's fashion department, and she went on to open her own antique store for many years.
Mrs. Gray died just short of her 100th birthday and was buried down south in Paris next to her husband.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.