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Camden antiques fair expands offerings

Posted: September 28, 2012 6:12 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A full complement of 28 antique dealers hailing from several states, repair experts, a guest lecture series and a trolley to take Camden Antiques Fair goers on a downtown loop add up to an enticing upcoming event.  

The fair is being held at Rhame Arena Oct. 19-20 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are valid for all three days.

An opening preview party is being held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Rhame Arena. Guests will enjoy selections from Jack Brantley of Aberdeen Catery and music by Joy Claussen and Greg Boatwright while perusing an exciting array of offerings from 28 of America’s best antique dealers. Tickets are $60 per person and $100 per couple. 

Proceeds from the opening preview party and the Camden Antiques Fair benefit the National Steeplechase Museum and Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County.

Bill Huestis owner of Mountain Thistle Antiques in Waynesboro, Va., is a returning vendor.

“I participated in last year’s show because it is important to be a part of a show when it is first established. Also, my grandfather, Billy Dickerson, is a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. I believe he would be happy knowing that what we are doing at this event will support steeplechasing,” Huestis said. “I’m coming back this year because Camden is beautiful, the food is fabulous, and the antique show is wonderfully diverse. There is something for everyone. It’s a treasure.”

Patricia Richardson, owner of  Camden Antiques Market, was the pioneer in establishing  the antiques district in Camden. During the past 19 years, she has built a strong following, represents many clients, and recognizes the value of having  a booth at the show.

“Camden is known as a destination for people who like to antique. The show attracts a broad range of public interest, which makes the event a success for everyone. It is a lot of fun. And, it is for a worthy cause,” Richardson said.

This year, the Camden Antique Fair will have repair experts to advise on the conservation of paintings and prints, silver and glass. Two lectures will be given at the Dusty Horseman on Broad Street. One will be on collecting Southern pottery and the other on garden art, architecture and planting.  

Fair ticket holders will also be able to tour “The Loop” on a trolley piloted by Captain Telegram. The Loop is designed to showcase Camden’s additional shops, restaurants and attractions and fair visitors will be able to ride on the trolley on Friday and Saturday of the fair.

Honorary Chairmen for this year’s fair are Joe and Brenda Sullivan. Committee  members are Hope Cooper, Thomas Walter, Toby Sheorn, Jack Brantley, Lisa Towell, Jill Davis, Al and Sarah Reed, Jim Witkowsky, Jonathan Basinet, and Liza Van Horn. In addition, Diane Smyrl, Deborah Davis, Catherine French, Bette Bronson and a host of volunteers are working to make the event successful.

For tickets and more information about the dealers and show, visit or call 432-6513.


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