I saw it first in my Jan. 13 issue of Antique Week on page 11 — then I received a news release over the Internet: The Top of the Class Antiques and Vintage Show is set for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 in the Bone Center ballroom at Illinois State University, 100 N. University St., Normal.
The show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Feb. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Admission is $5.
Among the 42 dealers are Kathy and Dan Roe and Pink Tea Antiques, all from Springfield; Circa from Milwaukee, Wis.; Madcat Antiques from Waterloo, Iowa; and Jessie Behr from Bloomington.
Representing American primitives will be Country at Heart from Marseilles and Normal's Blue Goose. Also scheduled: Forever Looking from Indiana as well as Hitman Antiques and Jr. Pickers from northern Illinois and Peacock Antiques from Knoxville in the western part of the state near Galesburg.
Missouri is represented by Nigel Russell Antiques, and from Columbus, Ohio, comes Dovetail Joint Antiques. From Peoria you will see items from Annies Antiks and Bob's Americana. A Touch of Heaven from Chicago will bring estate and costume jewelry, and at least three dealers will have old postcards.
Paul Brown from Discovery Channel's "Auction Kings" will be there Feb. 1 for appraisals, autograph signings and discussions.
This is a good show: The title is accurate, and there will be a great variety of high-class items.
For more information, visit topoftheclassantiques.com.
It never fails: I always leave someone's name off of my lists. IBETICANFIXIT, aka Donald Molnar, can be contacted at 840-3206 or 586-4310.
He claims he can fix almost everything but does not do gas engines. He picks up and takes back items and charges a flat $20 per item plus cost of parts.
He does lamps, kitchen appliances, tools and miscellaneous household items, mixers, sweepers, hedge clippers, drills and saws. He lives in Champaign, so give him a chance.
Also in my list of people in the local antique world who had passed on in 2013, I failed to mention Pat (Grubb) Jenkins and Herb Helmick.
I am sorry about these omissions.
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.