Appraisal fair will benefit Hospice of Washington County

June 10, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

Discover the value of those vintage tins, tools, postcards, paintings, children's toys, china and other antiques and collectibles by taking your treasures to Beaver Creek Antique Market's first-ever appraisal fair.

At least six appraisers specializing in jewelry, dolls and toys, furniture, pottery, collectibles, comic books and other paper products will be at the market from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 11. The appraisal fair - all proceeds from which will benefit Hospice of Washington County - will kick off Beaver Creek's weekend-long 20th anniversary celebration. The event at 20202 National Pike just east of Hagerstown also will include an outdoor antique market on Saturday, June 12, and an antique car display on Sunday, June 13.

Antiques dealers Dick Caricofe of Hagerstown and Dick "Buzz" Frey of Wolfsville, Md., opened Beaver Creek Antique Market in June 1984. Former customer Cliff Springer of Shippensburg, Pa., joined the ownership team a decade ago, and longtime vendor Sean Guy of Greencastle, Pa., signed on as an owner about two and a half years ago. At least one owner is always available to serve customers at the sprawling market - about 24,000 square feet filled with antiques from more than 150 vendors.


Caricofe said anniversary weekend visitors will find discounts of up to 30 percent on the vast and eclectic selection of merchandise that draws patrons from as far away as Japan.

Row upon row of too many interesting items to list - tin candy molds, gold pocket watches, church pins, hat boxes, swords, muskets, Elvis albums, produce signs, vintage wedding dresses, washboards, bed frames, beaded purses, bird cages, Japanese doors, walnut tavern tables, Breyer horses - fill the huge store. Baby-boomer collectors are now flocking to items produced in the 1950s and '60s, store owners said.

Guest appraiser Linda Caricofe of Hagerstown, who specializes in dolls and toys, said 1950s-era dolls such as Madame Alexander's curvaceous "Cissy" are now more collectible than dolls made nearly a century earlier.

"Glamour is very hot," Caricofe said.

Fine- to mint-condition superhero comic books from the late 1940s through '60s also attract the most attention from today's collectors, said 20-year Beaver Creek dealer Bill McKenzie of Hagerstown. He'll appraise comics and other books and paper products at Friday's fair.

Charm bracelets old and older are the hottest ticket in today's collectible jewelry market, said longtime dealer Betty Bachtell of Hagerstown, who will appraise jewelry on Friday. And one can't go wrong with diamonds, she said.

"They are a lady's best friend," Bachtell said.

In addition to indoor offerings, Beaver Creek's anniversary event will feature about 60 outdoor vendors selling quilts, collectibles, pottery, furniture and other items, Springer said. And Sunday's car display likely will include one vintage auto for each year the antique market has been in business, Guy said. He can bank on at least two antique vehicles - a 1904 Pope-Tribune made in Hagerstown and a rare 1928 Moon Roadster made in St. Louis - because he owns them. These cars and others, including a 1910 Sears Motor Buggy, will be displayed on the antique market's front lawn.

Food will be available for sale from Kerch's Ribs and Chicken on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 301-739-8075 or go to on the Web.

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