Every year early August brings a truly great series of events to Manchester, NH. The whole collection is referred to as “Antiques Week” and, for almost two full weeks, Manchester, NH is the site of some of the greatest auctions, shows, fairs and exhibits of Americana in the country. Beginning with a three-day auction of impressive items from world acclaimed collections and ending with a multi-day “flea market” at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, there is something for everyone who enjoys Americana.
Ron Bourgeault of Northeast Auctions kicks off the festivities with his superb auction at the Center of New Hampshire. He is renowned for his ability to put together amazing collections of items and his auctions are always well attended. For three days, collectors and dealers from around the country bid on one-of-a-kind items from America’s past. While there are lots of items that you and I might be interested in, there are always “high-end” items that only a few can afford to bid on. Some items end up selling for tens of thousands of dollars and reflect the highest points of American craftsmanship and artistry.
Between August 7 and August 15, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will hold their 77th annual fair at the Mount Sunapee Resort. Here 350 juried members of the League display the efforts of their labor and provide demonstrations of their respective crafts for the public. With all the different mediums in which they work and the different perspectives that they bring to their crafts, it is a truly amazing event. More than enough treasures for everyone!
All week long there are dozens of other smaller events that offer the opportunity to discover your own special “finds”. At the Furniture World Building, at 1300 South Porter Street, there are three days of events planned for mid-week visitors. On August 9, there is the Manchester Pickers Market Antiques Show with 80 real pickers and dealers offering their finds to the public. On August 11 and 12, the Mid-week in Manchester Antiques Show featuring over 100 dealers and their collections of Americana.
Mixed in with all of these events are the quaint little craft fairs in every small town in the area where local artists and dealers display their own wares for sale. Here is where it is all about the hunt as you travel from town to town looking for just the right item to add to your own collection and have the thrill of the find when you are successful.
Whatever your interest in antiques might be there is something in Manchester for you to enjoy during this time. Whether you’re a collector or a “picker”, a dealer or a buyer or someone who simply enjoys watching a true craftsperson at work, you will be able to find something that suits your style somewhere near the Ash Street Inn.