The 62nd Boothbay Region Antiques Show & Sale returns to Boothbay Common this Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a big change this year. This year’s show will have approximately 25 dealers from four different states exhibiting and selling fine antique furniture, American country, primitives, jewelry, silver, decorative arts, linens, Christmas antiques , books and oriental rugs.
The Boothbay Antiques Show has been a favorite event in this area for decades with local and summer residents and visitors from all over the Midcoast coming to the Boothbay area specifically to view and buy antiques and experience a Maine tradition.
Antiquities almost did not take place. The Boothbay coach has passed an ordinance that does not allow any event on the Common to charge for admission. The show’s directors said they were given permission to host the show in January, but weren’t informed of the admissions policy change until late May. By then they and their exhibitors had already made motel reservations, ordered a large tent, and advertised the show throughout New England. Canceling the show would have been difficult for exhibitors, many of whom had chosen to exhibit at the Boothbay Show rather than other shows in New England. So the Antiques Fair had the choice of canceling or having the show on an “admission by donation” basis. The show directors decided to try to have the show this year based on that and see how it goes. The Boothbay Community Center is also affected because as the show’s sponsors they were to receive a portion of the admissions money; now that the show can’t charge entry, the amount will be determined by the donations customers are willing to make at the door. In the past, admissions, and now voluntary donations, also help pay for advertising, tent and table rentals, and other expenses. This entry to the show is free for all and donations are the responsibility of each participant.
The antiques fair will open its doors at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday.