October 14, 2012

History Comes Alive at the 66th Annual Asheville Antique Fair

Antiques aficionados will not want to miss the 66th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair from November 2nd through 4th in Asheville, NC. The event is held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at One Resort Drive, which is accessible from the Westgate Plaza exit off of I-240. Whether you're seeking a particular antique piece or browsing for the discovery of a lifetime, the Asheville Antiques Fair can get you looking in the right direction.

Exhibitors and experts
The participants at the Asheville Antiques Fair vary widely in their wares, from vintage sports equipment to Turkish rugs. And if you're seeking advise, with so many antique exhibitors and dealers in one place, you're sure to find the expertise you need on just about any related item. A few of the exhibitors are: Angel Wings, Chestnut Galleries, Florida Connection, McDonough Fine Art, Oriental Emporium, The Ridge Books, and Victoriana Estate.

Over 60 years of history
The Vetust Study Club organized the first Asheville Antiques Fair in 1946 in an effort to foster a better understanding and appreciation of antiques. Now the oldest antiques fair in the South, it has become a nationally-recognized fundraising occasion. The Vetust Study Club directs proceeds from the antiques fair toward area organizations and foundations, having contributed more than a half-million dollars to charitable projects benefitting the greater Asheville-Buncombe County community.

In support of historic preservation
Asheville’s unique historical and cultural landmarks owe a big thanks to the founders of the Asheville Antiques Fair, who annually select a worthy cause for restoration or renovation. Beneficiaries have included the Pack Place Education, Arts, & Science Center, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial house, and the Smith-McDowell House Museum, the oldest surviving house in Asheville and one of the earliest homes in the county. Funds from the 2012 Asheville Antiques Fair will aid with repairs for downtown's Grove Arcade, which is in need terra cotta restoration on the building's exterior.

Antiques galore in Asheville
There's dozens of antique shops in and around Asheville that are a browser's delight. The Biltmore Antique District boasts over 13 antique shops within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. Nearby Swannanoa River Road offers several enormous antiques warehouses that are chock full of goodies. When you're planning a trip to explore the Asheville antiques scene, you'll want a comfy place to relax after a full day of shopping.

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