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.
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 http://www.centralillinoisfiberguild.org. I have been to this show in the past, and it is well worth your time. Give it a chance.
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.