Burton (Ohio) Antiques Market Regains Standing Among Dealers, Shoppers

A red pedal fire chief’s car, tagged at $700, at Bobby Perry’s booth at the Burton Antiques Market in June. The market, which is celebrating its 50th year, will be open again on Sept. 24.

BURTON, Ohio – Following a 10-years slide—victims of a steadily decline in terms of quality of merchandise and quantity of dealers—people are saying good things again about the Burton Antiques Market.

At the most recent show—held on June 11—one could hear the same kinds of comments from both dealers and buyers alike all over the Geauga County Fairgrounds: “Great merchandise, great attendance, great sales.”

Yes, Burton is back. Now in its’ 50th year, the Burton Antiques Market is returning to the grandeur and notoriety that this show once enjoyed for decades, following a change in management. With new promoters Kay and Bill Puchstein now in charge, the Burton show is well on its way to returning as one of the finest antique events to be held in the country all year.

Saturday, Sept. 24, is the public’s next chance to get a look at the revamped Burton show, which features more than 400 of America’s finest dealers. The addition of 45 inside booths in June was considered a big success, as many quality dealers returned to the show after years of being away.

One of those dealers reporting a great show was Carol Swope, who sold lots of country furniture and country smalls. Karol Atkinson, an advertising dealer from Pennsylvania, had a terrific show selling spool cabinets, signs and smalls, while longtime dealers Colleen Vagnini and Phil Starns from Indiana had their best one-day show in their 30 years in the business, finding new homes for weathervanes, postcards and paper ephemera. Gary Promey, a dealer who returned to the show after a long absence, reported having a wonderful show as well.

Shoppers are sure to find great deals, such as this 32-piece set dishware, which sold for bargain price of $35 at the Burton Antique Market in June.

Early Buyers attendance was up more than 20 percent from last year, as more than 1,000 customers took advantage of the 8 a.m. opening (and two-hour head start) to shop before the huge crowds arrived at 10 a.m. Cars were parked in areas that had not been used by the antique show in more than a decade and new records were also set for general admission customers.

People came to see a great show and they were not disappointed.

“I have never had so many positive comments from everyone at any show I have ever been involved with,” said Kay Puchstein, nationally known promoter of more than 350 antique shows. “This show was a pleasure to run.”

Now celebrating its 50th year, the Sept. 24 Burton Antiques Market will be the grand finale of this year’s semi-annual shows at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. With 400 of America’s leading dealers displaying their finest antiques and old collectibles, there promises to be something for everyone in all price ranges.

The show starts off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning for Early Buyers wanting to start the treasure hunt and get the first look at the vast array of merchandise being offered. Early Buyers admission is $20. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with general admission entrance fee of $6. Nearby parking is free. Great food will be available from the dozens of concession stands and lots of help will be on hand to assist customers purchasing items on the field to take the merchandise to a loading area where some of the local Amish men will help with loading.

An oil on canvas titled “Getting Acquainted” was seen at Gary Promey’s booth. Promey, from Ohio, returned to the Burton Antiques Market in June following improvements to the event made by new promoters Kay and Bill Puchstein.

“We already have more dealers signed up than were present at last years’ September show,” Puchstein said. “Dozens of dealers who have not attended the show for years are signing up and coming back. It is going to be a very big show.” Many of the returning vendors have done the show for 30, 40 years and a few for an unbelievable 50 years.

Among the items to be found will be investment-quality antiques and desirable collectibles, including silver, fine china, jewelry, porcelains, glassware, textiles, paintings, Americana, garden furniture, decorative accessories, rugs, primitives, old tools and much, much more.

The show will be held rain or shine on the racetrack in Burton at Ohio’s oldest county fairgrounds. Most dealers will be under tents and many more vendors will be located inside under the grandstand. Burton is located just east of Cleveland in the rolling countryside of Northeast Ohio. The area around Burton is home to one of the largest Amish Community in the world.

For more information, call 740.998.5300, e-mail to puchs2@yahoo.com or visit the Burton Antiques Market website.

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