It is the time of the year when four promoters of the really old stuff descend on Amishland (the Tuscola-Arcola-Arthur area) to hold their second show of the year.
The spring show produced an unexpected attraction from the shoppers who attended a second location of Jill Gladney's dealers at the new Best Western in Arcola. This time, the show at the Arcola Center will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 5 to 9 p.m. at the Best Western. Both locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9.
These two shows, known as Country Spirit, will have a combined 45 dealers with only Gladney and Jody Coffin of Rantoul from this state. The other 43 dealers come from as far away as New Hampshire and Virginia. All are prepared to restock their space after Friday's preview sale.
By going to Gladney's website, http://www.countryspiritshow.com, you can buy advance tickets: $8 for a two-day pass or $4 for Saturday only. If you type Swish in the promo code box, you get a special discount of $2 off on the two-day pass and $1 off Saturday.
But wait: There's more
— Also, Nov. 8-9 is the Rural Life Antique Show in Tuscola. Check out http://www.rurallife antiqueshow.com for more information.
— From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 is the show that started it all in Amishland. The Otto Center just south of Arthur is the site of A Gathering on the Prairie. For more information, check out http://www.agatheringon theprairie.com.
— The Homesteaders on the Prairie will run Nov. 8-9 in the Merchants Building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Arthur.
So you have four shows in six locations: Together, it is a super opportunity to see the authentic old American stuff.
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.