Old and new mix in Snohomish for antique fair

  • Mon May 3rd, 2010 10:43pm
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By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

SNOHOMISH — Antiques are old news in this town, but an annual fair celebrating the items is still a very new thing.

The Historic Downtown Snohomish Antiques and Arts Faire will celebrate its second year on First Street on May 15. Some shops will cut their prices by 10 to 20 percent and dozens of vendors plan to fill outdoor booths.

The event will cater to the kind of shoppers that First Street businesses love: people who get excited about farm-style furniture, vintage tin signs and handmade garden decorations.

“It’s not a flea market,” said Annie McDowell, owner of the antique store Annie’s on First. “It’s not a Craigslist sort of thing.”

Snohomish is known for its antiques. Historic Downtown Snohomish, a business association, claims there are hundreds of dealers based in the town.

“We’re kind of the place to go,” said Kimberly McIlrath, president of the association and owner of the antique store Faded Elegance.

The idea of an annual fair was talked about for years, but didn’t gain traction until a motorcycle show left the city. First Street was scheduled to be closed in May, and so fair organizers seized the opening.

“That’s kind of what started it,” McIlrath said.

Last year, the event drew about 5,000 people and 45 vendors, organizers said. This year, they hope to draw 7,500 people and add more offerings.

“We didn’t limit this to just antiques,” McDowell said. “We have pottery companies, people that do handcrafted jewelry, some crafts.”

They also will have an appraiser to offer free estimates. The wealth of attractions has organizers optimistic about the event’s second year.

“It’s just good for Snohomish,” McDowell said. “We don’t have anything like this. We have antique car shows. We had the motorcycle show. But we didn’t have anything about what our town was about, which is antiques.”

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; arathbun@heraldnet.com.

Antiques and Arts Faire

Vendor space remains for the Historic Downtown Snohomish Antiques and Arts Faire. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 on First Street between Avenue C and Union Avenue.

More info: 360-568-4242 or www.snohomishfaire.com