BY TOM LAVIS
There may be no better location to find antiques than in a place where a key battle of the French and Indian War was fought in 1758.
Ligonier Borough is the site of the 26th annual Antiques on the Diamond, an antiques and collectibles show held in the town’s center.
The show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The show has attracted about 50 quality vendors, and organizers anticipate filling each of the 64 vendor slots.
The event traditionally attracts thousands of people from the Mid-Atlantic region who are looking for bargains.
“We try to screen vendors as much as we can to ensure that bargain hunters get a good value for their dollar,” said Holly Mowrey, director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“The committee tries to select vendors who will offer the best variety of items without much duplication.”
Featured items usually include antique furniture, silver, vintage toys, pottery, glass and vintage lighting.
“Our vendors are set up in the heart of town around the Diamond and on East and West Main streets,” she said.
Visitors are invited to take a leisurely stroll through town to browse the vendors’ tables.
Among the dealers is Joe Thomas, owner of Thomas Antiques of Patton. He has been a loyal vendor at the show for nearly 15 years and finds it to his liking.
“It’s a good atmosphere and if the weather is right, we see a lot of foot traffic, which is good for all the vendors and local businesses,” Thomas said.
He credits Ligonier’s retailers for welcoming outside vendors to set up on the streets in front of their businesses.
Thomas usually displays a variety of collectibles and antique furniture that is between 100-150 years old.
“Prices vary given the age and condition of any particular piece,” he said. “I have a corner cupboard dating back to 1860 and I’m asking $950.
“It has been restored, and I do that kind of work as well.”
He also will be displaying Roseville pottery along with other collectibles beneath a pavilion near the Diamond.
The Roseville Pottery Co. was an American pottery manufacturer in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The design of the pottery, though originally simple household pieces, became popular with the American arts and crafts movement, and pieces are now highly desirable.
Mowrey called the event a nice mix of regular dealers who have been attending for years as well as several new sellers.
“New to this year’s event is Shaw Galleries of Pittsburgh, who specializes in old maps, rare prints and fine art,” Mowrey said.
For more information, call the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce at 724-238-4200 or visit www.visitligonier.com.
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