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Antiques street fair unfurls in Old Town

By: Colin Berr Journal Staff Writer
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If you thought the excitement was over after the Amgen Tour, you’d be mistaken. This Sunday, the Old Town Business Association will host the 43rd annual Antiques & Collectibles Street Fair. “There are sure to be good finds for all ages,” said Paul Williams, a participating vendor of the local William’s Antiques and Collections. “You never know what you’re going to come across. Prices are reasonable and you can find just about anything.” Approximately 4,000 visitors are expected to come from local and surrounding areas. With over 130 vendors, visitors can expect to find treasures from many decades of trading. “A lot of vendors have been here for a quarter of a century,” says Linda Robinson of Sun River Clothing, the organizer of this year’s event. What sorts of items can you expect to find? “Some notables include vintage jewelry, glass art, pottery, vintage clothing and textiles,” said Kristen Marquis of Marquis Etc. “You can also find a range of Americana, Western and Gold Rush items, more typical of Auburn itself.” Don’t be fooled into thinking that antique fairs connote a late-afternoon event with just a few older stragglers. “People come out as early as 3 a.m. with flashlights and start rummaging through vendor boxes, hoping to pick out the cream of the crop before the masses arrive,” Marquis said. Yet others also wait until the end of the day before the vendors pack up with hopes of being able to bargain down a price. Entertainment will be provided by guitarist David Putnam, a local musician who will be playing “Olde Timey” tunes throughout the afternoon. The Antiques and Collectibles Fair is held twice a year. After Sunday, the next event will be held in October. “I remember that last year, the weather was about 105 degrees,” Marquis said. “I’m really looking forward to this event in the atmosphere of beautiful spring weather.” ---------------------- Antiques & Collectibles Street Fair When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23, rain or shine Where: Old Town Auburn Admission: Free Parking: Look for signs Information: Contact Linda Robinson at 888-1585 or sunriver@inreach.com Website: www.oldtownauburnca.com