The Allegan Antique Market celebrated its 35th Anniversary!
"Larry Wood is a retired Captain of the Grand Rapids Fire Department and has spent the last 35 years traveling the Great Lakes area promoting the Allegan Antiques Market. He is well known by dealers in the field of antiques and enjoys the personal touch that comes with working directly with dealers for the show. “He knows them all by name”.
The show, located at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in downtown Allegan, Michigan, opened in 1978 with 190 exhibitors and has since grown to over 400! The original show promoters, Larry and Lori Wood, continue to enjoy working with the dealers and traveling to promote the show. They have also added their children to the staff of the growing family business.
Over the last 35 years many changes have taken place. The show has grown to an average of 400 exhibitors per show to make it Michigan’s largest antique show. New buildings, expanded exhibitor areas, camping, food services and picnic areas have been added to create an enjoyable day for everyone.
The show exhibitors carry a large variety of antiques and collectibles as well as some who specialize in glass, pottery, china, primitives, advertising, vintage jewelry, sport & fishing, furniture, and much more. Show patrons enjoy the hunt looking for that personal treasure to add to their collection.
Recent trends in the home design field have made our show a hot spot for architectural, industrial, primitive, country, shabby chic, refurbished, and every kind of antique or collectible decorator item they can find.
We look forward to continuing the tradition of providing a quality antique show for everyone to enjoy the last Sunday of the month, April through September.
The Allegan Antiques Market has been featured and published in numerous papers and magazines across the country.
High gasoline prices have made wandering country roads looking for "finds" prohibitively expensive. To cope, many dealers are taking their antiques to big summer shows that offer one-stop shopping, and Allegan is one of the Best Places to Be.
The Grand Rapids Press
: “This market draws visitors from across the country.”
: “Allegan is one of the top ten indoor/outdoor antique shows in America.”
Antiques Magazine National
: “One of the finest shows in the Great Lakes area. A friendly staff who take care of things quickly and professionally.”
: “One of Michigan's most scenic fairgrounds - large oak and walnut trees - Allegan dealers speak of ideal condition
s and paying customers. Dealers state [that] this show lives up to its billing; We have returned for years. "Allegan is tops" - "A sellout crowd" "I travel 600 miles" - "Strong sales" "Huge shade trees - paved walks"
: “Some antique markets have reported sagging sales and lower dealer count, but Allegan presented a full complement of dealers with many reports of good sales.
: “We talked to dealers from four different states. They said: "Allegan is a hot spot for sales. This show has been terrific!"
: “At the Allegan Antiques Market, hordes of hopeful antique hunters get a blissful day among one of the biggest selections of antiques to be found. It's a good show for all concerned. Patrons leave happier and dealers leave richer.”
Featured Articles and Social Site Dedications
Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/home-garden/2015/09/10/fall-antique-shows-michigan/72028704/
Encore Magazine: http://www.encorekalamazoo.com/antiquing-we-will-go
Antique Trader: “Shoppers Flock to Sold Out Allegan Antiques Market”
The Grand Rapids Press: “The Allegan Antique Market starts up its season of Sunday treasure hunts”
Hobbies of a Homemaker: “We went once last year, and we decided it was too much fun not to go again this year!”
Babs Just A Babblin: “There is something for everyone there”