Originally Published: June 1, 2018 6:03 a.m.
After more than two decades, the event known as “Antiques on the Square” has been moved to the Prescott Rodeo Grounds and now goes by "Prescott Antique Show and Vintage Market."
Put on by the Thumb Butte and Yavapai Questers, organizer Arlene Bright said the move came after they were given the option to have the show in July. Because of the monsoons, it wasn’t practical, Bright said. However, it appears to have been a beneficial move as the show is nearly sold out for vendors, she said. Further with two exhibit buildings and a larger outside space, it means being able to accommodate larger items including vintage architectural, repurposed furniture, Bright said.
“That’s such a hot area right now,” she said, adding that at courthouse plaza, “the grass didn’t make it good for them.”
Held Sunday, June 3, ticket sales start at 8:30 a.m. and the show runs until 4 p.m. Tickets are $3 for general admission and free for children under 12. Along with the big items, other vendors have such items as antique bottles, music boxes, antique and vintage art, sports memorabilia, pressed steel toy trucks and trailers, early Native American jewelry, old postcards, antique pewter and enamel ware, Pyrex, and vintage clothing.
Some of the vendors coming to the show haven’t been at the show, too, Bright said.
“People around Prescott may not have had the opportunity to see these before,” she said.
With the move, the two major concerns organizers had was whether or not it would attract enough dealers as well as whether or not it would attract enough people from the general public, Bright said. When the show was on courthouse plaza, there were people who came specifically for the show along with people who happened to be downtown and came over, she said. Yet, they’re hearing from a number of people, even those in other states, that want directions to the Rodeo Grounds, Bright said. There’s even a busload of people coming from Las Vegas, she said.
Proceeds from the shows have been donated to local Prescott and Yavapai County organizations for preservation and restoration projects. Those projects have included restoring the engine in front of Sharlot Hall, restoring the Cornville Post Office, and the replication and installation of original steel security bars at the Prescott Armory, Bright said.
It’s rewarding to be able to give towards those projects, she said.
“That’s our purpose, Bright said.
The Prescott Rodeo Grounds are located at 840 Rodeo Drive. For more information about the Prescott Antique Show and Vintage Market, visit www.prescottantiqueshow.com.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.