In spite of the horrific happenings in Gifford recently, the show must go on.
Gordyville, just west of town, has been one of the recovery centers in the area after the Nov. 17 tornado — and yet the very popular Gifford State Bank show went off without a hitch.
I was told the attendance was over the top. And, yes, I am sure some of those who came just wanted to see firsthand the damage in the area. At any rate, I was kind of surprised that the shows were not canceled.
The ninth Gordyville All Antique Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and I am really excited about this year's show. There seems to be a renewed interest, and I am sure that past events have made some people more determined than ever. I know there are a number of new dealers coming this year.
Robin McNish, who has two large multidealer operations in Paxton, is participating with a number of her fellow dealers. A Chicago dealer has rented multiple spaces, and our group of four couples has been gearing up for this event since last year's show ended.
Margie Lerch of Thomasboro will be back this year in addition to other dealers who missed a few years.
Besides my wife and me, our group includes Becky and Brian Duffield, Lori and Benny Dow and Lisa and John Gadbury. While Duffield and I might have some stuff you have seen before, the other two couples' items are new to the marketplace.
The Gadburys are clearing out a 100-year-old farm site that will bring out all old stuff that has never been offered for sale. Benny Dow has been refinishing stuff for months — and between the three of them it has kind of been an "I can do better than you" competition of sorts.
Patty Frerichs, who runs this event, says she is up to 75 dealers, with a few more on the fence. Last year was the first year that we did not get snow on either day. Hopefully, this year will make it two years in a row.
This is the last local antiques show of 2013, so come see us.
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.