By Jim Misunas
LARNED — Kristin Keith sold all of her furniture that was priced to sell.
William Padron enjoyed a good weekend selling antiques, but then bought a Red Skelton painting.
Chamber Director Courtland Holman deemed Larned’s 42nd Antique, Toys and Collectibles show a success after attendance helped vendors and downtown businesses enjoy a good weekend. Kansas vendors joined dealers from Oklahoma and Colorado for the three-day event.
“I sold every piece of furniture,” said Keith of Antiques and Artifacts. “Linens and embroidery sold well as did high-end glassware. The majority of the buyers went downtown because sales at the shop were good too.”
Keith was impressed by the attendance, which reached 801 people from 80 Kansas towns, 11 states and China, Hungary and Taiwan. Antiques and Artifacts 513 Broadway, displays a variety of antique goods that range the gamut of collectibles. The downtown store is owned by antique dealer Dody Burke. Keith also displays her items for sale at the store.
“There was good attendance with Saturday being the best day,” she said. “People came everywhere in Kansas from Kansas City to Hutchinson. There stopped by off the highway too.”
Padron of Padron’s Memories sold a variety of items from model cars, stamps, collectible banks, stamps and a train set. Miniature figurines for train sets sold well along with lead figures.
“I enjoy meeting and seeing the people and they were happy with what they bought,” Padron said.
Padron also went into his buyer’s mode when he purchased a Red Skelton commemorative artwork from Kaveh Adib Yazdi.
“We sold a lot of items and bought one beautiful painting,” he said.
Holman said antique show attendance has grown from 630 three years ago to 801 in 2012. Concession vendor Faye Grandy of Sweet Traditions of Rozel sold out her food.
“We boosted some advertising and saw people from all corners of the state,” Holman said. “It was a very nice success. It’s one of our top Chamber events of the year. I judge success whether attendance was up, whether the vendors did well and whether people spent time shopping downtown. All of those happened. People drove back and forth from the show to downtown. The vendors tell us that Larned puts on a very good antique show. What they remember is people treat them very well.”