glass show draws hundreds
The Marietta Times,
The thought of finding that one elusive piece of Fenton glassware or prized
antique to complete a collection drew more than 600 people down to the
Washington County Fairgrounds for the 23rd annual Antique Flea Market and
The show, which is sponsored by the Marietta Civitan Club, drew vendors from
as far away as Wisconsin and Florida and drew spectators from California and
This year’s show coincides with the 100th anniversary of Fenton Art Glass so
crowds for the show were expected to exceed previous years.
“It’s the biggest crowd I’ve seen here in a couple years,” said Jim Bertram,
member of the Marietta Civitan club and co-chairman of the show.
This year’s show features more than 80 vendors in two buildings and along
the parking lot behind the grandstand.
Pat Anderson, 66, of Bremen, Ind., came to this year’s antique and glass
show with her husband, Ed, for the variety of Fenton glass at the show that
she doesn’t get to see at home.
“There’s more of a variety this year,” Anderson said. “You always think you
might find that one piece (of Fenton) that you don’t have.”
Anderson has been coming to the glass show since 1985 and makes her
reservations a year in advance to be prepared for next year.
Though Fenton glassware is the primary draw for the show several vendors
also feature antique tools and other collectables for residents in search of
Larry Thompson, 57, of 341 Everson Road, Belpre, is a pottery collector and
attends the show each year in search of rare items.
Thompson lists his best find at the show as an unmarked Nelson Mcloy
jardiniere that he purchased for $50, and is valued between $350 and $450.
“This is a really good show, it really is,” Thompson said.
Margaret Nicholas, 81, of Seventh Street, Marietta, came to the Antique Flea
Market and Glass Show for many years as a spectator and now that she has
gotten older she attends the show to sell off some of the items she
collected in past years.
“I found a few one of a kind things,” Nicholas said. “I’ve found some odd
pieces of glass.”
Since this year’s Antique Flea Market and Glass Show coincides with the
100th anniversary of Fenton the Civitan Club has extended the hours of the
show to allow people more time to attend activities at Fenton and still
attend the show.
“I think basically the Fenton draws them (shoppers) down here. To me, its
just such an icon in glass,” Thompson said.
If you go
What: Antique Flea Market and Glass Show
When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Washington County fairgrounds
[PHOTO CAPTION ABOVE]
Leskowski, of Janesville, Wisc., looks over a selection of collectible glass
at one of the vendors’ booths Friday during the opening of the Glass and
Antique Flea Market at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event runs
through Sunday and is being held in addition to the Fenton Art Glass
anniversary celebration in Williamstown. (Photo by MITCH CASEY)