The hunt is on this weekend in Ocean City. No, this isn’t a traditional game of cat and mouse… unless that mouse is an rare antique piece from the 1940s that you need to complete your collection. Tomorrow, July 8 from 9am to 3pm, antique dealers will take over parts of the Community Center for the fifth annual Antique and Collectible Fair.
“This is a fundraiser event for the Ocean City Historical Museum (OCHM). We have this year a record number 26 dealers participating. They set up two areas in the community center. We take over the Senior Center and we have an additional nine plus dealers in the atrium. There are 18 more in the Senior Center,” said Steve Gring, a longtime trustee of the OCHM.
Visitors will find plenty of shore memorabilia at the fair plus antique children’s books, and much more.
“The shore memorabilia can be paper goods, plates, banners, anything shore related. We have one dealer who deals in antique children’s books and postcards. We have china and glass wares and small antique furniture – things you can easily get into a car,” said Steve.
Part of the fundraising includes a silent auction where visitors can bid in increments for a specific antique.
“We have one very special item this year. Peggy Lloyd passed away within the last year at the age of 102. She was active in all sorts of civil organizations throughout town. She was really culturally aware. Her estate donated to the museum an antique tall case clock. People would commonly refer to it as a grandfather clock. This one dates to the 1810/20 period. It’s a Scottish grandfather clock. It has a signed dial and we know we can trace the clockmaker to Scotland. It’s in a mahogany walnut case,” said Steve.
Bids on the clock open at $200 with $25 increments. The clock is sold as is.
“It does need some TLC, but we can help the successful buyer to where the clock can be fully restored,” said Steve.
The Antiques and Collectibles Fair is Saturday, July 8 at 1735 Simpson Avenue in the Community Center. For more information, please visit www.ocnjmuseum.org.