Friday, January 18, 2002

Antiques show moves to school

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Lebanon High School will play host to both athletics and antiques this weekend as the new venue for the semi-annual Lebanon Antiques Show.

    • What: Lebanon Antiques Show
    • When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
    • Where: Lebanon High School, just north of downtown on Ohio 48 at Miller Road
    • Admission: $6, good for both days
    • Information: 932-1817
        Show setup begins today in some parts of the building, but the gym is off-limits until after the evening Warriors basketball game. So dealers assigned to gym spaces will wait until 6 a.m. Saturday to move in with their wares.

        It's an inconvenience that vendors are willing to tolerate to participate in a respected antiques event that has outgrown other sites in town. They understand flexibility was required for the show to return to Lebanon after a couple of years' sojourn in Springboro.

        “We have a lot of customers in that area. That's what makes it worthwhile,” said Darlene Brown, whose husband, Tom, owns T. Brown Antiques in McMurray, Pa. “Going to shows makes it easier to meet more customers than if we just stayed in the shop. And the Lebanon show draws people from a large area and is well-established. People mark their calendars every year.”

        In summer 2001, the show's sponsor, the Warren County Historical Society, struck a deal with Lebanon City Schools that allowed the antiques show to be in the school, provided organizers could work around athletic schedules.

        In October, antiques dealers delayed their Friday setup until Warriors football fans cleared the parking lot. This weekend, they will accommodate the hoopsters. It's a logistical challenge, but it pays off for dealers and local merchants alike.

        “It is wonderful having (the show) back,” said Marilyn Haley, who owns Lebanon's Good Housekeeping shop and also exhibits at the antiques show. “It's a party atmosphere in the whole town.”

        “Having the Lebanon Antiques Show back in Lebanon is beneficial for all the merchants,” said Suzie Haas, who with her husband Raul owns Lebanon Antiques on North Broadway.

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