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KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk A customer at last years antique show shows off a couple good finds.
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SILVERTHORNE – Bill Caffery sold antiques in Frisco for 25 years – until he became an “antique” himself.The 75-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 employs “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 several 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), paper, silver, mountain lodge chalet antiques, art, pottery, books, advertising, jewelry and glass. “Silverthorne has created a quality antique show with a reputation among dealers and collectors,” said Caffery. “I see this event growing substantially in the coming years.”Last year’s show, the first of its kind, attracted more than 600 visitors. Many of last year’s vendors, such as Caffery, are returning, but new vendors also will join the show this year.Blue Moon Bakery will provide breakfast and lunch for sale on both days.For more information, call (970) 262-7390.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.Mountain Antique ExpoWhen: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SundayWhere: Silverthorne PavilionAdmission: $1


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