ASHEVILLE, NC – The sixty-third Asheville Antiques Fair, one of the oldest Antiques Fairs in the Southeast, has been held every year with the exception of 1947, when it was cancelled due to a polio epidemic in Asheville. This year the fair will be held from July 31 – August 2, 2009 at the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The event proceeds benefit area historic and cultural landmarks. Monies go toward restoration, conservation and preservation of projects supporting the architectural gems of Asheville. The proceeds from the very first Antiques Fair in 1945 to present day, represents over $170,000 donated to numerous community charities as well as more than $325,000 awarded to local restoration, preservation projects.
The Asheville Antiques Fair is a non-profit organization and is hosted under the auspices of The Vetust Study Club of Asheville, North Carolina, Inc. The name Vetust comes from the Latin root word meaning “of the ancient”. The object of the club is the study of antiques and subjects on historical interest and to aid the community’s charitable, civic and cultural advancements. The Vetust Study Club is a volunteer organization of 24 women dedicating their time toward the support of the Asheville Antiques Fair. The Vetust Study Club meets monthly to present individual research papers dealing with antiques.
The Fair will feature nearly 55 Exhibitors from many States, offering a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, architectural elements, oriental rugs, rare books, heirloom linens and lace and garden accouterments. All items will be available for purchase. The Fair itself will be accompanied by a variety of special events designed to appeal to both new and seasoned collectors of antiquities including; Expert Lectures, an Heirloom Road Show offering verbal evaluations by three certified appraisers and a gourmet Summer Garden Café catered by the Every Day Gourmet.