Going Back In Time

MAYFIELD – A variety of antique postcards, necklaces, comic books, children’s toys and artifacts were put on display Saturday at Mayfield’s Elementary School for the 16th annual Antique Show and Sale.

The event, which was hosted by the Mayfield Historical Society, brought in about 400 visitors and 26 antique dealers, event organizer and society treasurer Christine Dahl said.

“This is a challenging event to organize, but it’s so good for the community,” Dahl said. “It brings people that aren’t from the area to Mayfield and it brings people from around here all together. Sometimes you don’t get to see your neighbors during the winter months, and it’s nice to finally see some familiar faces again.”

Dahl said the society raises more than $3,000 at the antique show. She said the money raised at the show helps the society manage the historic Riceville Homestead, located at 328 Riceville Road.

One of the popular dealers, Kym Landry, owner of Dater Cottage Antiques in Halfmoon, said people seemed really fascinated with her collection of antique postcards.

Landry said she owns about 9,000 postcards and has a postcard theme for anyone.

“I have holiday postcards, comic book postcards, animal postcards, seasonal postcards,” she said. “But the one type of postcard a lot of people seem to be drawn to is the collection of local postcards that have photos of different places in the area. They get to see how that particular area has changed over the years. It’s fascinating.”

Landry said her favorite part of the antique business is the research that’s involved.

“In order to do this job well you need to do research on what you’re selling,” she said. “That’s my favorite part. This business completely changed when the Internet became so popular. I can do research so much easier, and it’s fun for me to find out about these antiques.”

George Slywka of Hillview Antiques in Diamond Point, Warren County, also said his favorite part of the antique business was the research involved.

“I like the challenge of finding out about the antique,” Slywka said. “It’s like going back in time to see how the people were and what they did with these antique pieces.”

Slywka’s favorite antique pieces he’s researched include a Mayan warrior’s breastplate, a Pony Express badge and a 75-pound soapstone elephant from Malaysia.

Joy Taglione, of Mechanicville’s Country Cabin Antiques, said he is partial to children’s antiques.

“No matter how old I am, I always look for the antique children’s toys,” Taglione said. “They’re just too adorable and interesting to not look for.”

Beth Silvestri of Burnt Hills visited Saturday’s show with her father and left with her own little treasure, a Mille Bornes card game. The French card game, which was created in the ’50s, is “very difficult to find,” Silvestri said. However, she found the game at the Capone’s Auctions booth for a price she just couldn’t say no to.

“I played this game with my husband and his parents and I fell in love with it,” she said. “I found it today for a price 80 percent less than what I had found on the Internet.”

Marcia Bentley of Gloversville said she also found an item at the show that she couldn’t say no to.

“I found this vinyl record,” Bentley said. “It’s Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin. It’s got some songs on it that are favorites of mine. There isn’t a scratch on this record, so I had to get it.”

She said listening to the record is a way to bring her back in time.

“I’m very happy with my purchase,” she said. “Records have a certain sound that just brings me back in time. All of these antiques here today probably bring everyone back to a time in their lives that they like to remember, and that’s why they buy these items; that’s why antique shows exist.”