Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

March 19, 2011

Dogwood Days

Leslie Antique Show & Sale continues today

LESLIE — Friday through today, the 23rd annual Leslie Dogwood Days Antique Show and Sale, sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club of Leslie, filled the Leslie Civic Center with unique items and furniture for sale.

Antique dealers from both Georgia and Florida are selling a wide array of antique items ranging from flatware, furniture and jewelry with a range of prices.

Malcom and Phyllis Argo of Americus had a booth for their antique silver business aptly named, “The Silver Source.” Phyllis said that a “nice mix of vendors” come each year, providing a lot excitement for the event and attracting people to Leslie to look around.

Connie Angevine, of Angevine’s Fine Silver, Deland, Fla., was in Leslie for the third year. Angevine said that she specializes in flatwear patterns and does bridal registry and baby gifts.

According to Angevine the silver items she sells range from the late 1700s to the mid to late 1800s and she sells 100-year-old flatwear patterns that are still being made today. As of Friday afternoon, Angevine said she had already sold a fair amount and sold a lot of polish. She said that she enjoys coming to Leslie because antique dealers are a close-knit and friendly group.

“There’s people that know each other for years and do a lot of shows together,” she said.

Paul Dye, of Shiloh’s Antiques in Waynesboro, has been coming to the Leslie antique show and sale for 10 years. He specializes in “American Brilliant” cut glass and Herend glass from Hungary.

“They’re a nice bunch of folks that come from everywhere,” Dye said, “and they put on a good show.”

Dan and Dottie Clayton from Albany came to Leslie this weekend for the fourth year.

“It’s a great show,” Dan said. He said that he has been dealing in antiques for over  50 years  — “since I was a kid,” he said.

Chuck Smith of The Maze in downtown Americus sold two truck loads of furniture by early Friday afternoon. He said it was mostly patio and garden furniture. Other items on hand at Smith’s booth were milk bottles from Americus dairies. An item on display only was a Union High School basketball trophy dated 1925. Union High School was located on the grounds where the Leslie Civic Center now stands. Smith said the silver plated trophy was purchased at an estate sale in Americus about a year ago.

Gwen Morris of Treasure Corner in Warner Robins was selling antique and vintage jewelry as well as crystal and china. She had early 1900s glasswork from both Fenton and McKee, which included a punchbowl from 1901 on sale for $250. She also displayed a dragon tea set made in Occupied Japan. Morris says that the antique market has changed because of the economy.

“Everybody thinks they are beautiful, but it’s a luxury. They just admire it,” she said. Morris has come to Leslie to sell her antiques for the past five years.

A local dealer, Bobby Hines of Callie’s Collectibles, sold furniture from the late 1800s,1900s and “Depression era” wardrobes, dressers and chairs. He said that he has been in business for 26 years and has attended the Dogwood Days antique show and sale since it began. Friday from his wooden rocking chair Hines said that he sold several pieces, but he was looking forward to Saturday.

“Saturday’s the best day,” he said.

The Leslie Dogwood Days Antique Show and Sale continues today from noon to 4 p.m.

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