Everything old is new again at the Silverthorne Pavilion
SILVERTHORNE – If you’ve a yen for the unique, then the Silverthorne Pavilion might be just the place for you this weekend when it hosts the third annual Mountain Antique Expo.This year’s event will feature 18 booths showcasing antiques and collectibles for the nostalgia buff, as well as jewelry and gift items just in time for Mother’s Day.Each year the show brings in dealers from not only the High Country but also the Front Range. Pavilion coordinator Maggie Butler said that most of these vendors exhibit at the larger shows in Denver, but enjoy making the trek to Silverthorne every year.”We’re a guppy in the big antique sea, but we’ve got dealers coming back here for the third time,” she said.In fact, several of last year’s dealers sold so well, they had to make a quick late-night trip to Denver to replenish their stock for Sunday’s customers.
Admission is $1 for adults and free for children under 12. And while you’re shopping for that perfect collectible, you can have breakfast and lunch as well, with catering provided by the Blue Moon Bakery.Antiques dealer Dennis Bonovich, owner of Main Street Mercantile in Lakewood, is a third-timer to the event. “It’s always been quite successful for us,” said Bonovich. “The customers have been very receptive, and we enjoy coming here. It’s a nice getaway for us.”Bonovich sells vintage and antique items, with nothing made later than the 1950s. His offerings range from jewelry and silver to paper ephemera, pottery and militaria. One guaranteed sell-out for Bonovich every year is his supply of “doublets.” Dating from the 1930s, these combination fork-and-knife utensils were used for fruits and salads. Their Bakelite handles make a classic art deco statement.
“People see these and they want to know, ‘What is that?'” Bonovich laughed. “We sold every one last year and had to mail some to customers after the show was over.” Other big sellers for Bonovich in past years have been jewelry and Native American blankets.In addition, Bonovich is offering a surprise vintage “freebie” to everyone who comes by his booth, while supplies last.In the meantime, Butler advises collectors and bargain hunters to get to the Pavilion early.”There’s always a line at the door when it starts,” said Butler. “We get a lot of early-bird browsers.”What: Third annual Mountain Antique ExpoWhere: Silverthorne PavilionWhen: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $1, children under 12 are free.
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