Reminiscing from near and far

For 50 years antiques dealers have made their presence known in Skaneateles on one weekend each summer.

As the committee for the Skaneateles United Methodist Church's 50th Anniversary Antique Show and Sale finish making preparations for the event on July 10 and 11, the dealers are figuring out what to bring and reminiscing about past shows.

Skaneateles antiques dealers Steve and Beverly White, of White and White Antiques, sat in their basement shop on East Genesee Street talking about the old days and remembering the reasons why they keep coming back to the show.

"It's bigger. It was very small. Now the aisles are nice and wide," Beverly said. "When I was the chairman, we prepared all the food and did lunch and dinner. The pies were particularly good."

For the couple's booth, they generally bring items that they have at the shop such as Skaneateles memorabilia and other "old junk," Steve said smiling.

According to Beverly, the show is entirely different than it was back when it was first started -- including the change of venue from the Methodist church to the Austin Park Pavilion.

"The change to the rink from the church has been astronomical," Steve said, adding there are more exhibitors and more items to see.

With so much that has changed, it's also brought improvements because the booths at the church were "tiny," Steve said.

"You now get dealers from quite a ways away. Now you have dealers from Buffalo, Binghamton, Albany." he said.

White and White Antiques may just be the exhibitors with the shortest distance to travel while there are several other exhibitors who will be traveling from across Central and Western New York to attend.

"The next closest show is either Pittsburgh or Connecticut," Steve said.

Like Steve and Beverly, Laura Thayer of Bouckville, Madison County, has been involved with the antiques show for quite some time. She recalls attending with her mother, Clara Storer who owned The Pantry Shop, an antiques business.

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