Highlands Festival Antiques Market Sell American Paintings
Mary Lee Snuffer and her husband David, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are in their seventh year at the Highlands Festival Antiques Market. They enjoy their time in Abingdon, Virginia. First off, Mary Lee offers jewelry, fine American and European art paintings. She also sells furniture, silver and unique smalls. In addition, she goes for the unusual. She likes things that people don’t usually see. She and her husband also like eating at the Town House Grill in Chillhowie. Folks voted it as the Best Restaurant and Best New Chef in Food & Wine.
Handmade Lace, Linens & Silver at the Antiques Market
Early Americana & Jewelry at the Highlands Festival
Nancy LeRoque brought her items from Atlanta, Georgia, where she now lives. She sells jewelry, Early Americana and silver. Also, she started in this business 30 years ago. And, she holds degrees in Space Planning and in Design and Fine Art from Michigan State College.
Bangles & Miniature Bronzes at the Antiques Market
Frank and Buffy Charboneau own Collector’s Corner. They carry gold bangles, in addition to Victorian jewelry and men’s collectibles. They also have miniature bronzes and animals. Furthermore, they had a pretty ivory and feather fan in their display case. My family and I also visit with Frank and Buffy when we see them at the Antiques Market. We are old customers of theirs. They show off assorted goods in their booth. They’ve set up at the Antiques Market for 18 years now.
Earle Schrader is the owner of Mr Earle’s Curiosities and even had a shop in Monroe, Louisiana. Additionally, he started first with flea markets 39 years ago when he was in school. Earle is part of the Antique Association in Monroe. Monroe has their own Antiques show in the Monroe Civic Center the third week of January every year. He fills his booth with dishes, glass, Flow Blue dishes and old workman’s tools.
Victorian Engagement Bangles, a Specialty in Antiques
Makala Munday and her mom, both come from Illinois. Makala is from Waterloo and her mom also comes from Benton. They additionally do about twenty shows a year. They also carry lovely jewelry. I even purchased a delightful Brown and black streaked quartz, red-brown agate, green and white tourmaline and a blue turquoise stone bracelet with silver from Makala for $25.
Another show they like to frequent is the antique show in Round Top, Texas which is held one weekend in April and one in October.
In addition, Makala and her mom gave a seminar titled “Victorian Engagement Bangles on Thursday, July 29. And Susan Curran-Wright also gave a presentation on “Preserving Your Linens” on Monday, July 26. Since these women take their work seriously, they wish to share their knowledge and wisdom with those interested in their craft.
One-of-a-Kind Crafted Button Bracelets
Times Past, owned by Don and Sheree Simpson of Parma, Idaho fascinated me. A button lover myself, Her uniquely crafted button bracelets amaze me. Additionally, I have never seen anything done so creatively with buttons. Some of the buttons were Bakelite buttons, while others were wooden and plastic ones.
I saw the most beautiful deep Kelly green and mocha brown bracelet. I so wish I had bought it. Their prices for these one-of-a-kind treasures are from $35 to $170. The bracelet I really wanted was $90. Sheree has been collecting buttons since she was seven years old. She even has a customer as far away as England who buys those wonderful button bracelets of hers.
Lemonade & Funnel Cakes, a Highlands Festival Favorite
Debbie McNew, the owner of Mama’s Lemonade, stocks it with all sorts of goodies. She sold ice tea, lemonade, funnel cakes, pretzels, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, ham sandwiches, barbecue pork, corn dogs and deep-fried Oreo’s. There was more food she made than I can mention here.
Beth Smith and Debbi Clear manned the ticket booth near the entrance to the Antiques Market on the grounds of Virginia Highlands Community College. Additionally, Beth teaches music at the college and is a Soprano. And Debbi is the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at the college. It truly was a pleasure to chat with these fine ladies and all the vendors at the Antiques Market. My family and I come to the Highlands Festival every year, just for the Antiques Market.