Lions Club will host antique show in Bedford

Lovers of all things antique will want to head to St. Elizabeth Seton Church on Saturday, Aug. 4. There, the Bedford Lions Club will host an antique show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The second annual event, which kicks off New Hampshire Antiques Week, will be held at the church’s activity center in Bedford.

As board member Deborah Lavoie explained, the event is expected to draw a large crowd, with all proceeds to benefit Sight and Hearing for New Hampshire residents.

“It’s an antique and appraisal show,” she said. “We have 52 dealer spaces, and dealers are coming in as far as Virginia to do the show, and at the same time, we’re having appraisals along the lines of ‘Antiques Roadshow.’ ”

The charge is $3 per appraisal or two appraisals for $5.

“We’ll direct antique enthusiasts to the right specialists there,” Lavoie said. “For example, we have coin dealers there, we have rare book and map people there, or for general antiques, we have people there for that, too.”

Lavoie added that in addition to the antique experts, there will be food and live music. But, she stressed, charity is the main objective.

“Here is where we can make a little money for a good cause, and people can get their antiques appraised pretty inexpensively,” she said. “We are a 501(c)3. We deal with a lot of sight and hearing needs, but also serve other needs, as well.”

Last year, Lavoie said, the show brought in hundreds of items, including a rare, antique jug set.

“It was just amazing,” she said. “The set was from 19th century and featured salt-glazed jugs with spectacular designs. Otherwise, people just gathered around as our dealers were doing their appraising, and there were some really amazing items that probably hadn’t seen the light of day in a long time.”

Antique enthusiasts can expect to see appraisers and dealers from every echelon of the genre, which will include antique books, antique advertising, china, silver, posters and ephemera, coins, toys, porcelain, military history and nautical items.

“We expect a blow-out,” Lavoie said. “This is the beginning of New Hampshire Antique Week; it’s an event that brings antique dealers and collectors from all over the country and all over the world. Last year, we were at the end of Antique Week, and we did pretty well for being at the end. This year, we are the first show, so along with laying the groundwork last year, as well as the extra advertising that we’ve been doing, we’re expecting a large crowd.”

St. Elizabeth Seton Church Activity Center, is located at the back of the church at 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 12 and younger. The center is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. For more information visit www.bedfordlionsclubantiqueshow.com or call Deborah Lavoie at 487-2369.