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The first annual Wild West Expo, advertised to be the "most spectacular celebration of the Western lifestyle" brought a whole new look to the long-standing Del Mar Antique Show & Sale, now in its 48th year.
Show manager, Jayne Skeff, did a great job of finding interesting and quality dealers, who were dressed in Wild West style and ready to talk about their trade. Many were artisans as well as collectors and dealers, and came from ten states, some as far away as Virginia and Missouri. Skeff was pleased to say that the combo of the two events created a new vitality and energy in both buildings which has not been seen or felt in the last couple of years.
The veteran antique dealers I spoke with were happy to see so many new faces. Michael Grimes, producer, was glad as well, stating, "We've got a winner with this combination. There was a great turnout and it was exciting to see new people who have never before attended an antique show. Being able to bring new buyers in is a promoter's job, and I think we did it!"
What most will agree with is that Michael and Marilyn Grimes are always looking for new ways to support their dealers. One dealer mentioned that Calendar is pioneering another course in the world of antiques and collectibles and that was exactly what was felt at the April 17-19 event.
Dick and Paula Plum of Potsherds were selling at the show. They are also producers of the Indian Arts Market to be held in Pasadena, May 30-31. Dick mentioned that traffic was good, and that he liked the combination of Indian and Western presented together and was going to start encouraging the combination for his shows. As Paula asked, "Who doesn't love the Old West?"
Toney o'Teo Mitchell, a jewelry designer from Morenci, Ariz. was there with his wife, Mai, who designs Indian dolls. If you like photography and Mustangs there is nothing like the work of Mark Terrell of Wild Horses of Nevada Photography. Debi Wallin was there with a large selection of Huichol Indian Folk Art.
Toney O'Teo Mitchell is pictured
The Lone Peak Carvings artist was there working on carvings. There were mantles, doors and headers, beautifully designed and carved out of a variety of woods.
A fun place to stop was at the booth presented by Tracylynn Gomez of Making Your Dream Come True! She had some vintage clothing and accessories, and also offered costume and gown designs using antique and vintage materials whenever possible. She also offers wigs, hats and jewelry to fit the periods from Medieval through space age and spends a lot of time doing historical research to keep items as authentic as possible.
There were over 50 interesting dealers and artists new to Del Mar in the Wild West Show, and you will not want to miss the 2nd annual event next year. Personally, it was fun attending the show and finding out a lot about the Old West in San Diego. The dealers were helpful, knowledgeable and wanted to share their stories and expertise.
of Wild Horse
The next scheduled Calendar event will be held Nov. 20-22, 2009, and will feature the 2nd Annual Century of Style along with the Antiques, Vintage Collectibles and Decorator Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. And as always, Robbie Miller's appraisal clinic will be open for business during all show hours, just $5 per item. For information on Calendar events, call (626) 791-8310 or go to www.calendarshows.com