Some see the imperfections of an antique as character.
And some are excited when they spot a find in perfect condition.
Whatever they’re looking for, the pandemic hasn’t stopped the antique fall extravagance from bringing antique hunters to the markets, shops and merchants of this northern Lancaster County town.
Lauren Romig has made the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware trek for over two decades.
âWe never know what we’re going to find,â she said.
Her trailer was far from full on the first day, but she already had a crush: a small jug of mayonnaise.
âIt’s beautiful. It’s German, she said.â I’ve never seen one like this, and we’ve been working for over 20 years.
She and a few of the thousands of pickers shared their favorite finds.
Better over time
Alex Poteete, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, found this Ansonia clock, made in New York City in the late 1800s.
It’s one of her favorite brands and this one has an open escape, making it even more special.
âBeing made of marble, most of the time they’re chipped,â he says. “This one was in very good shape.”
Poteete comes to Pennsylvania to look for clocks because antiques are cheaper than in Tennessee.
Back home, she will join her collection of around 350 clocks.
Alex’s wife Debbie Poteete chose a pair of antique pins in the middle of her search for candle wick glassware.
The sparkling rhinestones caught her eye. She bought a pin with peacock green stones and a pink pin.
âI will wear them to church on Sunday,â she said. âI display them. I have some of the old jewelry boxes that have glass tops. I’ll put them in there.
At the hook (s)
Robert Phillips found two hooks: one with a fish and one with a skull.
âI put them in a barn and hang things up there,â he says.
It was Phillips’ wife, Charla, who wanted to return to Adamstown from their home in Flat Rock, Michigan. They came here four years ago in the spring. The fall event may have had fewer vendors, he says, but the weather was perfect.
While Charla searches for glass, Robert has an eye for metal.
âI had a background in welding, so I enjoy metal,â he says.
Construction of bridges
Charlie Watts came away with a set of blocks from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The set contains the clay blocks needed to build a bridge as well as the instructions.
âFinding something in the original box with graphics still intact is almost impossible to find for this age,â says Watts, of Elizabeth, North Carolina. âChildren play with things. They break it. They lose the blocks. They lose the cover. Everything is here.
After a little negotiation, he bought the whole thing. He hopes someone will build a bridge once he gets home.
For the child inside
Dave O’Rourke grew up playing with military toys.
âI like older stuff, even before I was born,â he said.
He spotted tanks and metal trucks and must have had them. He bought a bag of vehicles.
âI don’t even know what it is, but it looked cool,â he says. “I’m looking for things I didn’t have when I was a kid.”
From now on, this fleet will live on a shelf in her home in Bellmore, New York.