Getting ready for Gordyville event in December

Getting ready for Gordyville event in December

We recently went to an antiques show at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. It was cold and windy, but there were a lot of dealers and customers. The site will have another show this year on the third Sunday of November, probably with mostly inside dealers.

We arrived at 9 a.m. The doors opened at 8 — and there was still a line of cars waiting to get into the parking lot. This place just seems to get more and more people every month. The Raycraft family does a really good job of keeping it all together.

It was the first time in years that I did not buy something, but my wife picked up the pace. She bought some doorknobs and Bakelite handles that I had missed.

Coming soon

We are getting ready along with our group of friends for the Gordyville Antique Show, which we refer to as "GAS," on Dec. 7-8. It is all inside. As a dealer, you can drive into the building early on Dec. 6 to unload.

This is the ninth year of the show, and yes it sometimes has some snow. Last year was all clear weatherwise. Keep in mind if a person comes to Gordyville in bad weather: He or she is probably a serious shopper and is more likely to buy something. Gordyville only has one all-antique show per year, and this is it. It still hosts flea markets on the second weekend of each month.

Spinners and Weavers

The Spinners and Weavers Guild of Champaign-Urbana's annual show and sale is 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave., C.

You can get a taste of what is going on by visiting I have been to this show in the past, and it is well worth your time. Give it a chance.

Good antiquing!

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

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