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Skaneateles: Early birds get the deals at annual antiques show

The ice rink at the Austin Park Pavilion is currently void of the chilly substance, but on Friday and Saturday the rink still saw plenty of action.

Dealers and those looking for a deal came from miles around to check out the Skaneateles United Methodist Church 50th Anniversary Antique Show and Sale beginning with the early birds from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

With more than 70 antiques dealers' items to browse through, it felt like a scene out of PBS' Antiques Roadshow. Customers were able to feast their eyes on such pieces as refinished trunks, furniture from the 18th and early 19th century, quilts, silver and even a bit of Chinese export porcelain.

Lake's Trunks owners Ardyce and Bob Lake, or Howlett Hill Road in Syracuse, said they got their start in the trade only a few years ago when the man who had refurbished some trunks for them decided it was time to give up the business. So, the couple decided it was a trade they would like to learn, learned how to do the job and has since refinished more than 200 antique trunks.

"We're kind of a niche business," Ardyce said.

In their business, occasionally they find something interesting in the items they're refurbishing. Ardyce said they found a piece of newspaper from the 1800s in one trunk -- and from the trunk beside her she pulled out a portion of aged paper that showed just enough of a newspaper masthead with the date still visible on it.

The couple works out of their home near Onondaga Hill, but also has items on consignment in Fayetteville and North Syracuse.

For the last two years, the Lakes have attended the Skaneateles show and Bob said he thinks the show is a great community event.

"Everyone's willing to jump in and help each other," he said as a large chest of drawers went rolling by on a dolly.

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