Bob Swisher: Area shows had early departures

Bob Swisher: Area shows had early departures

On a recent weekend in East Central Illinois, antiquing enthusiasts could choose from primitive shows in Amish land with numerous locations, the Piatt County antique stores and the weekend event in Farmer City.

Unfortunately, most of the feedback that came my way was gripes about dealers or vendors leaving early. I am not going to mention names or sites, even though some continued to charge full price even though most of their dealers were either gone or were in the midst of packing up.

The forecast of foul weather proved untrue in our area, and if there is a defense for those early departures, it is probably going to be bad weather on their trip home. I do not know what the solution is. Dealers are all individual businessmen or -women. Show promoters work hard to get dealers to participate in their events, and the competition is fierce.

The problem was made worse by the fact that if you tried to do all of the shows or events that were offered that weekend, that meant that you only had so much time — and some of it would be late on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when most shows end.

PACA updates

The University of Illinois main library has for a number of years been remodeling its building area by area, a little at a time. It has given the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County hundreds of the multiple-drawer card catalogs, which have all been sold.

The units were deemed useless because library records are now on computers.

As workers redecorate each area and new shelves are installed, it means the old goes away. As a result of this remodeling, PACA has acquired two semi trailers full of assorted all-wood shelving units.

Most all of them are 10 inches deep with adjustable shelves. Some are 8 feet tall, some 6 feet tall, and some are waist high. There is a large assortment.

A potpourri of samples may be found at the PACA warehouse, 44 E. Washington St., C.

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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