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Antiques show draws crowd

August 02, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

About 500 patrons are expected to attend the 24th annual Antique Show sponsored by the Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary, organizers said.

The show opened Friday and runs through today at the Otterbein Ministry Center at 912 S. Potomac St.

A small show with 21 dealers, it is considered by the Pennsylvania and Maryland dealers who set up booths to be well worth their efforts.

"I always do extremely well here," said Suzie Atkinson, owner of Beaver Creek Antiques and a licensed antiques appraiser. Her specialty is estate jewelry.

"I like this show because it's for a good cause and all the dealers know each other," she said.

It's like old home week for Molly Cooper, owner of Chez Mole Studio in Bel Air, Md. She grew up in Waynesboro and left when she graduated from high school in 1959.

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"This is the only show I do," said Cooper, who specializes in vintage clothing. "I always see people I don't normally see."

Helen E. Shelley, hospital auxiliary president, said most of the dealers come back every year. "We only accept quality dealers," she said.

The show, the auxiliary's biggest annual fund-raiser, generates about $6,000, Shelley said. The money goes for the auxiliary's program of genetically testing newborn infants. The program screens infants for 26 diseases.

Most new parents sign up for the tests, she said. Last year about 450 babies were tested at the hospital.

The program costs the auxiliary about $10,000 a year, Shelley said. The rest of the money comes from other fund-raisers.

The show was held at Fairview Elementary School until three years ago.

Antique appraisals, a popular event held for the first time last year, is being expanded this year, Shelley said.

Last year, David Maloney, a nationally known certified appraiser of personal property from Frederick, Md., appraised items brought in by patrons. The line was so long he didn't have time to get to everyone, and some people had to be turned away, she said.

This year, Maloney will be joined by three other volunteer appraisers.

Thomas Newcomer, owner of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in Hagerstown, a certified gemologist and an expert on Oriental rugs, will be doing appraisals.

Appraisals also will be done by Phyllis Potter, a Waynesboro antiques dealer whose specialties are textiles, china, toys, vintage clothing and advertising items, and Alesia A. Permansu of Greencastle, Pa., a member of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Allison-Antrim and the Renfrew museums.

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