When I go back east to visit my sister, one of our favorite things to do it to go “junking”. We don’t do yard sales – we do Antique Shops, and we don’t always buy something, but we have a great time looking. As I see it, junking (or antiquing) is nearly as good as going to a museum, because there is so much history to take in on these excursions.
Albuquerque is once again hosting the 11th Annual Great Southwestern Antique Show next week. It’s a great reason to come on into the city and visit. Look for that special guitar just like the one old Uncle Joe used to play, or an old tea pot just like your Grandma had on her shelf. Find that special gift for the antique lover in your life, or just come for the history lesson!
The very special antique event takes place over three days at the State Fairgrounds. Here are the details:
When: Aug 7, 8 & 9, 2009
Fri 2pm to 7pm
Sat 9am to 5pm
Sun 10am to 4pm
Where: Lujan Center, Expo New Mexico, ABQ Fairgrounds
Cost: Fri Sneak Preview $75.00
Sat and Sun – $8 per day or $12 for a two day pass
There will be over 200 dealers from all over the US, so the selection will be awesome. Go to the show website, (above), to find a complete list of the dealers attending. A portion of the proceeds from Friday night’s Sneak Preview will benefit Arts & Education Programs in Albuquerque. Support these worthy programs by attending the Sneak Preview and get to meet the dealers and see what they are dealing before everyone else! All worth the extra cost? You bet! You may be supporting someone who will be making history!
If you didn’t get enough of this stuff at the Show, take a drive down North Fourth St. in Albuquerque, and its neighbor to the north, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. There you will find our “Antique Trail”, a seemingly endless offering of antique shops that are my stomping grounds whenever I am looking for a special gift that says more than “You mean so much to me that I went to the mall, (or a box store)”. My husband had a step brother who never shopped for a gift at anyplace other than the Antique Co-op, on North Fourth. It was a joy to watch people open a present from Tab. Almost as good as good as getting a present from Tab.
Antiques don’t have to be something rare or expensive, just something to sooth your soul. North Fourth Street IS soul food. Beateth a path to it post haste and enjoy some history.
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