Round Lake Antiques Festival this weekend

Forget the yard sales or the jaunts through the countryside for the obscure antique shop.

Whether you are a high-end collector or an amateur who just knows what you like when you see it there will be something for everyone at the 35th annual Round Lake Antiques Festival.

The festival will run Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Billed as the Capital District's largest and most popular antiques and collectibles show, the festival also serves as an important fundraiser for the Round Lake Library.

\There are new and interesting dealers coming in from all over, said Judy Allman of Allman Promotions, LLC. More than 200 exhibitors will be setting up their wares on the parks and greens of the village of Round Lake. Allman said items offered by the exhibitors will include furniture, china, jewelry, toys, folk art, vintage clothing, and oriental art.

"There are a lot of really good things coming in and all antique," Allman said.

Allman estimates that about half the exhibitors are regulars who return year after year but she said this year a number of new exhibitors will be coming from great distances. While many will travel throughout the Northeast for the festival, Allman said others are coming from much farther away with exhibitors registered from Pennsylvania to Florida.

"The vendors come from afar but the buyers come from all over as well," she said.

Since admission to the festival is free, Allman said there is no official head count for the number of shoppers that show up each of the two days, but estimates that more than 10,000 people will have browsed the exhibits by closing time Sunday night.

"Buyers will not be disappointed," she said. "It's a virtual treasure hunt. We'll have very fresh merchandise at good prices." For people who are more into restoring a home rather than filling that space, Allman suggested those people will want to make the trip for the architectural items that some exhibitors will have available.

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