Antiques and Ambiance<br><i>Cottonwood show features appraisal fair</i>

Staff photo by Michelle Borgwardt

GLASSWARE such as these can be found at Little Treasures Past & Present in Old Town Cottonwood.

The show will feature European, Victorian and Early American antiques, collectibles, jewelry, pottery, glass, clocks, furniture, Western antiques, Native American artifacts, rugs, Kachinas, art, door prizes and more. Vortex Seven will perform folk, country, and easy listening music.

“The quality of dealers that come to the show have been there for years and years and offer a world of information,” Jones said.

This year’s show is brimming with 24 antique dealers — eight more than last year. In fact, some dealers were turned away because of lack of space. Dealers are coming from all over Arizona and California.

“I wish I had a larger building,” Jones said. She thought of moving the event to the fairgrounds, but it has been a tradition to hold the show at the Civic Center so she quickly dismissed the idea.

Karen Leff, owner of Cottonwood Hotel, expects 2,000 to 3,000 attendees.

In conjunction to the show there will be an appraisal fair and charity auction on Nov. 10. The auction will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 634-9468.

Professional auctioneers Jim and Patty Scott will auction off antiques and collectibles donated by local shop owners. Proceeds will benefit Main Street revitalization and patio project through the Old Town Association, a non-profit organization.

“It’s a fun family activity, and very inexpensive,” said event coordinator April Ford. “It’s a fun thing for charity.”

About seven local antique dealers will volunteer their time to give verbal non-certified appraisals at the fair from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., creating an Antiques Roadshow atmosphere. Cost is $5 per item to be appraised.

“We’ve never done it before. It should be a blast. A lot of people love ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ ” Ford said.

“I think it will draw more people. It’s difficult to get appraisals, and people like auctions,” Leff added.

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