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Memories for sale

Sandy Historical Society's antique show now a market


by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - These Nancy Ann storybook dolls are made of bisque porcelain, and will be on sale during the coming market of memorabilia, collectibles and antiques.The annual antique show that serves as a major fundraiser for the Sandy Historical Society is evolving.

That means change is on the horizon.

Instead of just antique dealers who sell items that are about a century or more old, the annual event is opening its doors to collectors and individuals who have collectibles and memorabilia — even estate sales or unwanted inherited items.

Not only are the sale displays changing, but the name has changed. This is the first year of the Sandy Stone Bird Antique & Collectible Market.

Instead of just the traditional antiques, the show is transforming itself into a market, and on its display tables visitors will find memories of their childhood, their college years or the early years of their first marriage — maybe even something their great-grandmother gave to their mother, who gave to their sister from Sandy, who brought it to the market.

This event will appeal to people that Connie Warnock calls “collectors,” and there are many collectors in every city.

Warnock is the kind of person whose favorite expression is, “I just have to have (that antique).”

She is a self-acknowledged historian of antiques and does extensive research, both written and spoken.

Warnock has been associated with the Sandy Historical Society’s show for nearly as many years as she has been gathering antiques and collectibles, and she can recite the detailed history of each item in her extensive collection.

“We sell memories,” she said of the historical society’s annual event. “People like to collect things. Collecting is a mentality.”

With the new style of show and market, Warnock said she wanted to tell potential sellers what types of memories are acceptable for this market.

Of course, real antiques, she said, including, among other items, glassware and porcelain.

“Anything that is 100 years old or classified as an antique is acceptable,” she said. “We are also inviting people to sell collectibles, including modernism pieces from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.”

Among modernism items are collectibles between 40 and 60 years old such as movie posters, items from the most popular restaurants of yesteryear, early X-box accessories, Star Trek collectibles and old film cameras.

The value of some items only 40 years old has increased beyond inflation and beyond their original value.

“Some of the furniture from the ‘60s and the ‘70s,” Warnock said, “is worth as much as Victorian furniture.”

Kitchenware also provides valuable items for collectors, such as early CorningWare and Bauer mixing bowls — items that your mother probably used in the mid-20th century.

Also acceptable at the market is vintage clothing, which is at least five years old or part of a style that is returning to popularity or was made by an elite clothier.

Among other items expected at the market are designer jewelry, auto and travel memorabilia, toys from years past such as spinning tops and erector sets, garden furniture and textiles — all part of the market’s wide variety.

A certified appraiser will be on-site both days from 1-3 p.m. and will charge only $5 for verbally appraising each of a maximum of three items per person.

The Sandy Stone Bird Antique & Collectible Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the former Sandy High School, 17100 Bluff Road.

For more information, vendors, dealers, collectors and individuals with estate sales should contact Sandy Jordan at the historical museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd., or call 503-668-3378 or 503-522-6093 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A contract can be downloaded from the website, sandyhistory.com.