When was the last time you were at an antiques show where the show employees picked up your purchases from the dealers and took them to a loading area where they loaded all your purchases for you for free? Probably never – unless you have been to the Burton Antiques Market. This is the only antiques event in the United States that offers this option to all buyers. Whether it is a large country store counter or a painting or a vase, all your worries are over about how to get the merchandise to your vehicle. At each of last years’ shows, more than 1,000 items were sold by the dealers and moved to the loading area. Most of the items were pieces of furniture.
Here is how it works. When a customer buys an item from a dealer, the dealer will put a two part tag on the piece. One part of the tag stays with the piece and one part is given to the customer – kind of like a coat check ticket or a valet parking stub. The item is then picked up and put on one of the six wagons working the show and taken to a building where it will be unloaded. When the buyers are ready to leave, they can drive to the merchandise pickup building where a team of Amish men will match up the tags. They will do all of the loading for you at no charge. The entire process is very easy.
Now in its 55th year, the Burton Antiques Market attracts both dealers and shoppers from all over the country. At the upcoming June 11 show, more than 400 dealers will be present displaying everything from high end period furniture to exquisite estate jewelry to collectible postcards. There promises to be something for everyone.
The show is held twice a year at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Dates for 2016 are Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The show is only one day so plan on spending the entire day to see everything. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. About 1/4 of the dealers are located inside buildings and the other 3/4 of the dealers are outside in tents. There will be lots of great food vendors offering everything from kettle korn to steak sandwiches.
The show opens at 8 a.m. to more than a thousand early buyers wanting to get first chance at all the great antiques and old collectibles. Early buyers admission is $25. General Admission for $8 starts at 10 a.m. and runs until the show closes at 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss one of the greatest Antique Events in America. Remember… you buy it and we load it !
For information, contact Kay Puchstein, 740-998-5300 or visit www.burtonantiquesmarket.com for information and to see a short video of last years’ show.