BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — Madison Bouckville’s week of antiques markets officially began August 13; there were, however, some fields doing business as early as August 11, with antiques, vintage home furnishings and collectibles and hundreds of shoppers poring over the earliest selections. Located along US Route 20, south of Utica and Syracuse and just north of Hamilton N.Y., in an area of farm country and small villages that do not see much activity, this is the biggest event in the area each summer.

The Big Field The Big Field is what started Madison Bouckville almost 50 years ago under Jock Hengst. Hengst retired, sold the property and the show changed. It is now owned by Allman Promotions with Steve and Judy Allman in charge. This year on August 17 on that same original field, customers arrived in a heavy morning rain storm that diminished the opening crowd somewhat, according to Steve Allman. With about 250 exhibitors in seven giant tents and also in their own smaller tents around the perimeter of the field, shoppers had much to see in antiques. While the collections are not vetted, Allman does work especially hard to have choice antiques on offer for the shoppers, he said.

Emele Antiques brought a collection of furniture from the Eighteenth Century made in the colonies. Owner Jim Emele’s customers are people who generally are shopping for their homes. Among his first sales was a large corner cupboard, probably about 1750, with some of its early red milk-based paint still visible.

Nearby, in one of the big tents, Wilori Antiques of Rochester sold several major pieces of furniture, including an Eighteenth Century chest of drawers, an early dower chest with paint decoration and a mid-Nineteenth Century farm table.

Cabin on the Hill, Georgetown, Texas, was there selling from a collection of country furniture and also accessories. Sandra Sheffield, co-owner, shops in the Northeast for about a month each summer, exhibiting at shows with her husband and filling their truck and camper to be better prepared for more shows in the South in the winter.

The Village Antiques from nearby Syracuse sells all kinds of little things; to paraphrase an old line, nothing bigger than a breadbox. Among the dealer’s specialties are 100-year-old Christmas decorations and toys, sewing notions, special books and many more little things. Sales were good. During the heavy rain on Friday, a lady sat with co-owner Sandra Belko for about two hours discussing and pondering what to buy.

Reports of furniture sales were good from many dealers at the Big Field. Sharon Green Antiques, Sharon, Conn., sold a New England pine lift top blanket box with two drawers, a Massachusetts Pembroke table in mahogany and the set of eight chairs. Another sale was a mahogany tilt top tea table to a lady from Pittsburgh.

The Allmans work tirelessly to make this show as stressfree as possible, with an allday move-in for the dealers on Thursday. Even with showers on Friday, sales were not bad, according to most as the big tents allowed customers to get in and stay dry.

Steve Allman said that the demand this year was strong enough that for next year he will add at least two more tents, increasing the overall capacity of the show. For information, 239-877-2830 or

Excerpt thanks to Antiques and The Arts Weekly. Madison Bouckville: Antiques On A Country Road