Despite the beautiful weather this weekend, we carved out a little indoor-time on Sunday to shop America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show held at the the Portland Expo Center. This event happens several times a year and fills two to 3 huge buildings. This spring, the show was combined with a local artisan fair, so we got to see two shows for the price of one.
From antique furniture to milk glass, mink coats, costume jewelry, tools and signage. Prints and coins, wooden and metal toys in different states of wear. There really is something for everyone at this show. We spent a good bit of time flipping through vintage serigraphs while wearing white gloves. Prices were actually quite reasonable for the most part, except the people selling old fruit crates for $65.
Lots of older booth owners seemed to be parting with their old musty collections with a desperation in the air. Make no mistake though, some of these vendors were overheard driving hard bargains. We heard one burst into a dialogue of “this was cast in France by such and such artist before he died in 1819” and “this silk lampshade came over with my mother on a ship after the Titanic”.
While we finally departed with a just a modern-day wasp trap and a hot latte, the joy of this show was really just perusing the tables, catching the twinkle in the eye of your browsing neighbor who just found their little treasure, and literally walking down memory lane.