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June 11, 2014

Ligonier hosts annual antiques show

— This diamond will shine with wealth from the past.

The 27th annual Antiques on the Diamond antique show and sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ligonier.

More than 50 dealers will be set up around the Diamond and on East and West Main streets.

Holly Mowrey, director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, said there are 64 vendor spaces.

“That’s our maximum,” Mowrey said. “It makes everything within a nice walking distance, which is two blocks to the west of the Diamond and two blocks to the east of the Diamond.”

The antique show draws vendors from as close as Johnstown and Central City and as far away as California and Florida.

Mowrey said she posts on websites to announce the show and has accumulated a list of past antique dealers she sends applications to every year.

“I keep adding to the list,” Mowrey said.

“Some have come for a long time and are happy to come to Ligonier, and some are new. I think we have five new dealers this year.”

Mowrey tries not to get too much duplication so antique hunters have a wide variety to choose from.

Furniture, glassware, sports memorabilia, jewelry, pottery and vintage toys are sought-after items.

“No matter what people are looking for, they should be able to find it,” Mowrey said.

It’s not only antique dealers who come from out of state, but antique collectors as well.

“I get calls from those who are not local asking when the show is,” Mowrey said.

Antique dealers from the local area are John Wherthey of Johnstown; Ann Otolinsky of Cresson; Thomas Antiques of Carrolltown; Neil’s Rings & Things of Rockwood; Ronald Sieling and Heavenly Days Antiques, both of Central City; Clyde Ware of Stoystown; Whispering Pines Antiques of Stahlstown; Pat Young of Duncansville; Anita Wendell of Everett; and Emily Pynos of Ligonier.

Greensburg dealers include John Mickinak, Bill Lightcap, Dee Sacherich, Don Hackney and Robert Hammond.

Pittsburgh dealers are Shaw Galleries,  JPJ Stober and James Hodge.

Dealers from throughout Pennsylvania will include Tom Buckelew of Uniontown; Jeffrey Rohrbaugh of Biglerville; Bazzo Antiques of Rillton; John Ruber and David Flit, both of Allison Park; Robert Nelson of Belle Vernon; Jane Crane of Lemont Furnace; M.J. Abraitis of McKeesport; Jerry Smith and Richard Vogele, both of Bethel Park; William Sarver of New Derry; Patricia Thomas of Uniontown; John and Louise Fox of Harmony; Sorisio’s Antiques of Leechburg; Abbeyfeale Antiques of Oakmont; Peter Byers of Reedsville; Donald Hagans of Kantner; TAB Collectibles of Canonsburg; Ariel’s Attic of Lower Burrell; Lanny Pifer of Sarver; and Jeffrey McLaughlin of Jeannette.     

Out of state dealers will include Chesapeake Country Antiques of Chester, Maryland; Jerry Graham of Punta Gorda, Florida; Janet Bateman of California; Strawberry Tree Antiques of Thornville, Ohio; Tom Raley of Cumberland, Maryland.

There will be no admission charge.

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.

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