Southwest’s Greatest Antique & Vintage Show Comes to Expo NM


Barry Walsh 140 years of Hopi Katsinam. (Courtesy of The Great Southwestern Antique and Vintage Show)

Every year, buyers go from strength to strength at the Great Southwestern Antique and Vintage Show.

As event producer, this makes Terry Schurmeier excited.

Zuni squash flower necklace. (Courtesy of The Great Southwestern Antique and Vintage Show)

This year is the 23rd event and it takes place from Friday August 5th to Sunday August 7th at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex in Expo New Mexico.

“Last year, the event was organized quickly,” she says. “This year we had time to plan and we’re making it one of the best comebacks of the pandemic.”

A preview of the benefits will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 5. Tickets to the benefit event are $100 and benefit KNME PBS, University of New Mexico Hospital, Popejoy Schooltime Series, VSA Arts of New Mexico, St. Pius High School, Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and the museum’s Magic Bus program from Albuquerque.

Schurmeier also owns Cowboys & Indians Antiques, located on Central Avenue. The event was designed for treasure hunters looking for a great find.

“We have buyers from all over the country,” she says. “We have East Coast dealers coming to the show because the antique trade has changed with the pandemic. Because of this, dealers are looking to the southwest for shows because there is more space.

Bill Welch buffalo horn headdress. (Courtesy of The Great Southwestern Antique and Vintage Show)

The event has a strong focus on cowboys and western expansion.

“The West has provided natural resources to our country and has a rich culture that helps balance the urban world of the East,” she says.

This year, Schurmeier will be selling items from his decades of collecting.

“I’ve been collecting mostly Native American and American textiles for over 40 years,” she says. “I’m always looking for antique trade beads, beautiful Navajo blankets, and Mexican serapes. I also collected a lot of New Mexican religious material. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to collect until you see it. That’s what concerns me. »

Schurmeier says this year’s event has more dealerships than last year and there will be eight additional spaces.

“It will be a full show,” she says. “On Friday, for those who make the early entry, 100% goes to our NMPBS art in education endowment. It all comes from people coming on Fridays and having a day to shop when the dealerships aren’t too busy. »

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