By McKenna MIDDLETON, intern
The second annual La Crescenta Antique & Collectibles Show and Appraisal Event, held Saturday at the La Crescenta Woman’s Club, reflected the deep tradition and history the Crescenta Valley is known for. The show attracted antique enthusiasts from across the foothills and Glendale who explored everything from antique china to a taxidermy jackalope.
Jackie Fimbers of Crown City Antiques, a former member of the club, gave verbal appraisals of various items for a low cost of $5. Locals brought in their household antiques for appraisal, hoping to find treasure in their own homes. Fimbers donated not only her time, but also the money she made from the event to the club.
In previous years, the club hosted an annual rummage sale; a club member raised the idea of an antique show. The new event embodies all the rummage sales were known for, taking a step further by adding the appraisal portion of the event.
“We are hoping the event will be big enough that we can continue with it next year,” event co-chair Gloria Lee said.
Locals milled around the club, looking from table to table and searching for that one-of-a- kind item. Each piece had a story that vendors were eager to share, adding incalculable value to the treasures.
Second time vendor Richard Nelson offered what was probably the most eclectic and intriguing antique at the show. He brought a wig from New Guinea that was made of black, hand-stitched feathers – definitely one of the most interesting items on display.
“I’ve found it’s a good place to spend all my cash,” Lee said with a wink as she purchased a few unique items.
The money raised from the show will be used to fund various philanthropic projects in the community.
Each of the antique show’s attendees walked away with a little bit of history, be it in the form of a vintage teacup or a crazy story about an alligator purse. The members of the Woman’s Club are already planning next year’s event, hoping that even more of La Crescenta will come and experience the history hidden in the most unlikely places.