BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – The little hamlet of Bouckville had its front yards, hay fields and pastures covered with tents filled with antiques for many thousands of shoppers Aug. 11-19, 2012. The wide spot on Route 20, stretching for about a mile, included more than 20 separate venues with nearly 2,000 exhibiting dealers. Ranging in size from one exhibiting dealer in front of a single house in the center of the village to the biggest field known as the Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival with about 500 exhibitors, there were antiques of all varieties for the shoppers to peruse and purchase.
Roycroft Antiques has been using the front yard of that house for 20 years with an exhibit consisting primarily of early dishes. Filling this area with tables, Susan and Chester Dylenski from East Aurora, N.Y., collect all year for this one week of selling.
East Expo, on the south side of the road managed by Mark Peavey, is the front of a corn field with several rows of tented spaces. He said “over 150 dealers displayed their country antiques. We have been running this field for over 20 years so the customers know us and keep the dealers busy from Saturday till Sunday.”
Mapleside Antiques of Titusville, Pa., was selling very well from their collection of early American primitives and lighting. Blue Dog Antiques of Stafford Springs, Conn., which trades in early American household antiques sold well, according to co-owner Judi Stallmach.
Across the street are numerous fields with great antiques and collectibles. Butternut Hill Field features the Bittner Family from Chester and Burlington, Vt., with early lighting, home tools and a set of 10, oak pressedback chairs in excellent condition. Cast-iron cookware was the ticket from Clio, Mich., dealer Brad Robertson while Dennis Austin brought an original Whizzer motorized bicycle from his Central Square, N.Y., home.
Madison Auction Service from Madison, N.Y., was at Butternut Hill with several room settings of early furniture for the visitors. They also have one of their largest auctions of the year that week, with top antiques selling well, according to auctioneer Dennis Taylor.
Jim Dutcher is the new owner of Bono’s Field, now known as Cider House Show Field. It consists of several multi-dealer tents, some dealers with small tents and a huge parking lot, which is popular for a variety of antiques and collectibles.
Kay and Roy Rolland of Geneva, N.Y., were selling 18th century furniture and accessories. Under the Pine Antiques of Sterling, Conn., was offering steampunk lamps and lighting. Art pottery from the turn of the century was available at Jerry Kline’s exhibit.
The BIG FIELD, as it has been known for many years, is now the Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival. This marks the second year under new ownership by The Results Group, which is headed by Tom Tarry. Held Aug. 17-19, 2012, there were more than 500 exhibitors and more than 1,000 shoppers waiting for the Friday noon opening. This show has done well according to show manager Tarry, as “the exhibitors are continuing the tradition of offering good antiques and collectibles over the three-day show. We’ve seen record-breaking crowds, near 17,000 paid admissions.”
Tarry is the head of the company and produces another antiques show in the Albany, N.Y., area every June. His lease of the Bouckville show field is now in the second year with options for at least four more.
Traditional early earthenware from Ken and Jan Silveri of Hamburg, Pa., along with a collection of early painted furniture was available in their tented exhibit. Next on their row was Peter Murphy of West Roxbury, Mass., who was selling early 19th century furniture.
Mel Miller, owner of Sagamore Antiques of Rochester, N.Y., was selling from his collection of pewter. Antiques by Tina from Merriam, Kan., was selling out their collection of 19th century toys and cast-iron paint decorated banks. Dublin, Pa., dealer Jim Emele was selling early Georgian Period furniture and accessories.
For more information, visit the Madison Bouckville Antique Festival or call 315-426-8741.
Most of the other show promoters belong to their local organization, Madison-Bouckville Promotions offers contacts for the individual shows. Jim Dutcher, the owner of Cider House Show Field (315-440-2211) or Ruth Sines (607-316-0461) can take phone calls for more information as well.