It’s an antique life for Frisco resident |

It’s an antique life for Frisco resident

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Event coordinator Becky Hodgell discusses the floor plan for this weekend's antique show at the Silverthorne Pavilion with Bill Caffery, in red, and Jack Terrill, as Pavilion employee Robert Aiken marks the table positions on the floor. Caffery has traded antiques in Summit County for 15 years, and Terrill is known for his extensive collection of 10th Mountain Division artifacts.

SILVERTHORNE – Bill Caffery sold antiques in Frisco for 25 years – until he became an “antique” himself.

The 74-year-old Frisco resident spent six years selling items at Junk-tique in Frisco before opening Antiques and Collectibles.

These days, he sells his wares wholesale to dealers and home decorators and occasionally sells at shows such as the Mountain Antique Expo Saturday and Sunday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

“Whatever I buy, I try to sell,” Caffery said. “But if my wife or daughter finds it, then sometimes it’s hard to sell.”

Though Caffery is protective of his sources – not wanting to print the city he receives his collectibles from – he said he indirectly buys his antiques from a man in East Germany who employees “pickers.” These pickers attend flea markets and garage sales, hunting for precious items.

By European standards, an item must be 100 years old to be considered an antique. American standards vary; some dealers offer things that are less than 100 years old, knowing that in a young buyer’s lifetime, they will become antiques.

Caffery prices his antiques – most of which fall into categories of military memorabilia and old, outdoor sporting equipment like skis, sleds and ice skates – according to what he pays and the probability of a quick sale.

“I’ve always had the attitude, turn your money rather than sit on it and (wait) to get a lot of money (from an item),” he said.

He’ll offer his antiques along with 20 other quality antique dealers this weekend.

Items include: estate jewelry, Victorian period items, pottery, glass, collectibles, postcards, large and small furniture and 10th Mountain Division memorabilia.

“(The town of Silverthorne) has worked hard to pull together a diverse group of collectors and dealers to bring a quality show to Silverthorne at an affordable price for all,” said Tammy Jamieson, the town’s recreation and culture director.

After researching the market, organizers found residents and second homeowners in and around Silverthorne would support an antique show.

Surveys showed a market for the following items: 10th Mountain Division memorabilia, military (no guns), postcards and paper, mining, sports cards, dolls, toys, pottery, quilts, books, advertising, Coca Cola products, jewelry and glass.

“There is such a void for quality antique shows in the area,” Caffery said. “We need ongoing shows with quality dealers selling quality merchandise.”

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