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West Palm Beach Antiques Festival Owners Consolidate Interest, Plan Upgrades

by WorthPoint Staff (10/19/09).

Alligators are never an endangered species in Larry Roberts’ booth of Florida souvenirs, memorabilia and collectibles at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival.

Alligators are never an endangered species in Larry Roberts’ booth of Florida souvenirs, memorabilia and collectibles at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – West Palm Beach Antiques Festival owners, Bill and Kay Puchstein, consolidated their ownership position of the show—the largest in Florida—by acquiring the partial interest formerly owned by Jim and Yvonne Tucker.

Under the Puchsteins, some things will remain the same, such as the highly popular Early Buyer’s admission policy on Fridays, which allows buyers into the festival before formal opening to have first selection on choice items but other things will change. But the festival will include some upgrading of the appearance of the entrance area to garden, decorative architectural items and live plants

The January show—to be held Jan. 1-3, 2010—will host the inaugural Antiques and Modernism event that will combine the traditional West Palm Beach Antiques Festival show and the West Palm Beach Modernism show. Modernism dealers from all over the country will be offering the finest in Arts and Crafts, mid-century, Nouveau, glass, pottery, European furniture and accessories, plus much more.

Dealer/visitor interaction is always one of the favorite features of the festival, and one of the dealers of special interest to newcomers and old Florida hands is the continued appearance of Larry Roberts, the guru of vintage Florida souvenirs, memorabilia and collectibles. Roberts is the author of “Florida’s Golden Age of Souvenirs 1890-1930” and is the acknowledged expert on the subject. Roberts has been managing to tear himself away from his retail shop in Micanopy, Fla. to set up at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival for nearly 20 years.

Roberts specializes in pre-1950 examples of Floridiana and usually has more than 1,000 objects, plus post cards and paper goods in his West Palm Beach booth. In recent years Roberts has also expanded his childhood interest in and collection of Native American artifacts from Florida and pre-Colombian artifacts from South America. This was one of Robert’s earliest pursuits and he has returned to it with vigor with examples of both in his booth.

“I have really good shows in West Palm Beach,” Roberts said. “I have a number of regular customers who love to peruse and buy from my paper goods and early Florida photos stock.”

For more information about the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, it location and schedule of events, call (941) 697-7475, e-mail info@wpbaf.com or visit the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival Web site. The next event is scheduled for Nov. 6-8, 2009.

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