WAVE launches second season with new showcase for all things old
Everything old is new again at the Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium.
WAVE -- an outdoor market hosting a diverse range of antiques dealers -- launched its second season Sunday in a parking lot at the Saugatuck Railroad Station. More than 70 vendors were on hand, under bright skies, offering a range of vintage merchandise. The market will convene five more times through the summer.
"It's not a flea market," said organizer Deborah Press of Westport. "It's an old-fashioned antiques market. The dealers and the merchandise are carefully chosen. It goes the whole gamut. There's no junk in it."
"It's fun to look through everything," said Lauren Robak of Redding.
"I usually go looking for some vintage jewelry, and I have a big Jadite collection that I try to stock up on," she said. "You want to find things that are going to add to your collections."
And the market offers all kinds of things to enhance personal collections -- salt shakers, old posters, old ice cream scoops, large clown costume shoes. You name it, it's there.
Marcy Hayden, a dealer from Old Lyme, recounted a story about a woman who came to an appraisal event a day earlier with an antique Tiffany lamp she'd bought for $42 -- and discovered its real value is about $2,500.
"It's all out there still," she said.
She and her husband participated in WAVE last year and had good success. "We did really well," she said. "It's good crowds down here."
Another aspect valued by antiquers is the recycling old items.
"It's recycling," said Michelle Fox of Wilton. "It's not using new products."
"The products are well-made and a lot of things are handmade in a way they can't be made today," she added.
Mike Kunkin, a dealer from Scarsdale, N.Y., likes the history of the merchandise offered at the market. "They don't make things like they used to and it's fun to do the research on items," he said.
He also likes the idea of obsolete items finding new value for someone, singling out as an example an old World War II Army jacket that the owner left behind. "Somebody who collects them will get it and cherish it," he said.
"Deborah, who runs this show, has done a terrific job getting the best dealers from all over," said Susan Levine of Scarsdale, N.Y.
"She's really worked so hard to get this thing off the ground," she said. "It's a gift to the community."
Westport Antiques & Vintage Market also will take place June 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Saugatuck Railroad Station. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.