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Show to bring antiques, flea market to Le Mars

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Two women's love of the past is bringing an antique show and flea market to Le Mars in April.

The upcoming Spring Fever Antique Show and Separate Flea Market is the brainchild of Linda Mayrose and Pam Hutchins, both of Le Mars.

"Linda and I both enjoy antiques," Hutchins said. "We thought it was a novel idea to bring antiques into town."

Mayrose, who began collecting antiques 40-plus years ago, holds a similar view.

"When I started collecting, Le Mars had two very nice antique shops. Now we don't have any more shops," she said. "We thought it (the antique show) would be a good fit."

So Mayrose and Hutchins got together with Mary Reynolds, Le Mars Main Street manager, and formed a committee to create the event.

The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Spring Fever Antique Show and Separate Flea Market, which will be April 8, 9 and 10 at the Le Mars Convention Center.

"We're excited about it," Reynolds said. "It's a wonderful addition to the events the Chamber hosts and sponsors each year."

The antique show will be on the upper level and the flea market on the lower level in the convention center.

That will give those intent on antiquing to have one entire floor to shop, Hutchins said.

When it comes to the flea market, there will be a variety of items which could also include antiques, she added.

"Pretty much anything goes in the flea market," Hutchins said.

Close to 30 vendors have already booked either one of the 38 antique booths or 34 flea market booths available, Reynolds said.

"We are working very hard to bring a great selection of vendors to Le Mars," she said. "We have people from Wisconsin, Minnesota, all over the Midwest."

Mayrose said the trio is excited about the amount of vendors already signed up.

"We feel we are going to attract two real good venues -- both antiques and the flea market," she said.

In addition to vendors, Hutchins, Mayrose and Reynolds hope to draw visitors to Le Mars.

"We're hoping they show up and shop," Hutchins said. "Good antique shows draw people from all over."

People interested in more information about being a vendor or attending the show can contact the Chamber at 546-8821.

Not only will there be antiques and a flea market, the event will also include a time the night before when people can bring their antiques in to be appraised.

Those attending that "Early Bird Event" from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 8, will also have a first-look at the antiques for sale during the show. Cost is $10.

There will be expert appraisers on-hand to give people "realistic" value estimates on their antiques, Hutchins said.

"The antique shows that are very successful, early bird events are usually very popular," she said. "We thought it would make it a fun shopping event."

Another unique aspect of the Spring Fever Antique Show and Separate Flea Market is its theme: saluting someone local related to the antiquing industry.

"We thought it needed a theme and that was a good one," Mayrose said.

This year's event honors Claudine and her son Douglas "Maynard" Kass, who owned and operated Claudine's Antiques from 1958 to 1997.

"Claudine started me on antiquing when I was 20 years old," Mayrose said. "They were the pillar of antiquing in Le Mars for a long time."

If their hope of making the Spring Fever Antique Show and Separate Flea Market an annual event is realized, each year another family or individual will be saluted, Mayrose said.

She, Hutchins and Reynolds also hope to grow the event, eventually moving it to a larger location such as the fairgrounds.

"We'd like to have it become a really looked-forward to spring event," Hutchins said.



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