June 29, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Thousands peruse antiques on square

MEDINA — An hour of rain failed to put much of a damper on the second annual Medina Square Antique Show Sunday.

Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina, the nonprofit preservation group that organizes events on Public Square, estimated between 2-3,000 people attended throughout the day — about a thousand fewer than last year.

Abby Glaumer, 9, of Medina, holds up a pair of chandelier crystals to her ears at the Medina Square Antique Show on Sunday. They’re not meant as earrings, but some people like to use them as window prisms, said vendor Gwen Webster. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“The weather certainly played a part in not doing as well as last year,” Wiederhold said.

By about 2 p.m, the weather had cleared up, and the sun was shining.

“This is the driest it’s been all day,” Wiederhold said.

While attendance was down, the number of vendor increased to 51, up from about 40 last year.

The show offered a selection of antique furniture, textiles, glass, pottery and fine art.

Gwen Webster, of Medina, collects and sells vintage and costume jewelry. She said she did very well at the show last year, and this year was no exception.
“People are still buying,” she said.

Lauri Hitchcock, of Montville Township, brought her twin boys, Bryan and Ben, 10, to the show. She said Ben collects antique political buttons and Bryan collects coins.

“These guys are what brought us, she said. “I think it’s a great idea, something to get us downtown.”

The family looked through antique prints sold by Kurt Shaw, of Shaw Galleries in Pittsburgh.

Shaw, who also attended as a vendor last year, said the Medina event is one of his favorite antique shows.

“I just love the layout of the square, I think it’s perfect for an antique show,” he said. “I’m definitely going to be here next year. I didn’t even mind the rain, and I have old paper.”

Everything Shaw sells is protected by plastic wrap, and his items were under a canopy. He said he saw about the same number of customers stop by his booth this year as last year.

Students from the Medina Chant group, which started this year to plan youth events on the Square, helped unload antiques in the morning, and will donate their tips from vendors to charity.

The antique show was sponsored by Summa Health System, with support from Renewal by Andersen and Hawkins Market.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.