BEDFORD, N.Y. – A blast from the past came to Northern Westchester during the weekend, as more than a dozen exhibitors sold their finest wares at the inaugural Bedford Antiques Show.
The Bedford Historical Society has hosted the show for more than two decades, but decided not to pursue it this year. Instead, a group of eager volunteers, headlined by vendors Brad Reh and Debbie Turi decided the show must go on and arranged for 17 dealers to have a show at the Bedford Historical Society’s Historical Hall.
Available items ranged from jewelry, furniture and collectibles to paintings, sculptures and other forms of art. Goods were dated as far back as the 1700s, and prices varied from as low as $50 to as high as $6,000.
“Americana has been popular, and the map dealer upstairs has sold a few pieces. We also saw a few paintings go out the door on Saturday,” Turi said. “We’ve got a few new dealers this year, and of course, some of our old favorites.”
The displays were crammed into every inch of the hall, with antique dealers adorning the stage, balconies and an attached tent that was loaded with everything from rugs to vintage prints.
“They did a nice job of space this year, it’s much easier to get around then it has in years past,” jewelry dealer Jamie Shenkman said. “This is one of the smaller events, but they have a great variety here.”
Dealers came from all around, including Reh, a fine estate jewelry dealer who hails from Southampton, rug expert Biuk Fardin, of Fairfield, Conn., and glass repairman Wade Nulton, from Flanders, N.J. Patrons seemed pleased with the wide selection of goods and easy accessibility in northern Westchester.
“We’d do this every weekend if we could. We heard that the historical society wasn’t doing it, so we didn’t know what to expect, but it really hasn’t missed a beat,” Somers resident Andrea Miller, 35, said. “This really is quite a collection. I’m glad they were able to put it together.”
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