Antique Show vendors showcase unique items

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By Kacie Goode

Tucked in the corner of Grace Lilly’s booth at the 51st Historic Bardstown Antiques Show, a 1920s table lamp with a castle scene painted on its glass shade caught the eye of a few patrons as they meandered about the aisles. The piece, priced at $1,150, has a history.


“This sat on their piano for years,” said Lilly, owner of the Indiana-based Nothing New Antiques, as she referenced the lamp that belonged to her late aunt and uncle. The couple owned a restaurant and bar, the Nellenbach Hofbrau, in upstate New York for years.

After they passed away, Lilly remembered the lamp and decided to purchase it from the estate sale.

“It was all gold and black when I bought it,” but when she cleaned it, she found the deep colors of the painted castle scene underneath.

Lilly was set up Saturday and Sunday inside Nelson County High School, and the lamp wasn’t the only “family” item she had displayed. Lilly’s parents were antique dealers for about 50 years, and her mother, who soon turns 90, still does a few shows. She’s done the Bardstown show off and on about 10 times.

Newer to the show, Barry and Terri Greenwell, of Mount Washington, were also selling some items with family history.

The Greenwells’ booth featured glassware and other items from the estate of family members who had passed away.

“It’s taken us about a year or so to get all of this packed and done,” Terri said. “We kept what we couldn’t part with, and this is the rest of it. We are trying to find new homes for it.”

The glass pieces, of which she had duplicates at home, were popular. By Sunday afternoon, Terri had also sold two antique clocks, just a few of the dozens she and her dad had collected together over the years, aside from the ones she kept for herself.

A few booths over, Barbara Sharp, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Chris Warne, of Clay City, were also showing off some of their items.

Sharp had several antique and vintage toys displayed at her booth, and among them was a small green Hoosier cabinet that garnered the attention of several women walking by.

“You don’t see that many anymore, it’s kind of a thing of the past,” Sharp said. The cabinet, and many of the toys at Sharp’s booth, were replicas of adult versions of the items, sometimes made from the same materials.

Sharp said she bought the cabinet at a mall in Michigan.

Among the items at Warne’s booth, representing Big Creek Antiques, was a large white quilt with a red and green floral design.

“This is a Kentucky quilt, and it came out of Salvisa,” Warne said. “It’s from the 1850s.”

The quilt, he said, was signed by its creator, with the initials L.A.H. stitched in the corner. Warne has had the quilt for a while but had to clean it, so the show was one of the first times it had really been displayed to the public. He is also looking to get some additional work done on the quilt to improve its condition.

Despite the cold weekend weather, the show had a decent turnout, with guests seeking something to do indoors. While Sunday morning was a little light, the crowd picked up around lunch after church services had concluded.

Lilly, Sharp, Warne and the Greenwells represented only a few of the new and returning vendors taking part in the event, and the items they showcased represented only a portion of the collective history spread throughout the school’s halls and gymnasium.