SportsAntiques101's first coverage 

of an antiques show!



July 3rd 2005

Alameda Point Antiques 

and Collectibles Fair

Alameda California



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The July 2005

The Alameda Point 

Antiques Fair

Everything but shade



Carlton Hendricks


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The Alameda Point Antiques and collectibles Fair, is held the first Sunday of every month, at the Alameda Point Naval Air Station in Alameda California. The huge property is no longer used as an active air defense station, and the fair is held outdoors on the airstrip. In a lot of ways it's an ideal spot to stage an outdoor antiques fair. The fair even has a good view of the San Francisco skyline and bay from it's vantage. 


I've been attending the Alameda Fair since it first opened in 1998. It doesn't seem that long though. The show is owned by two couples, Jerry and Betsy Goldman, and Saundra and Allen Michaan. Betsy and Jerry used to have an antiques store in San Anselmo California called the Antiques Habitat, in which they sold lighting and furniture. They met Saundra and Allen while they were set up at the Hillsborough Antiques Show. Betsy told me it was Allen that originally came up with the idea of starting the Alameda Fair. She told me it was an attempt to fill the vacuum left in the San Francisco bay area, by the closing of the Marin City Flea Market in 1995. 


You have your good days and your bad when you go antiquing, and to be straight up, it was weak that day, even for starting at 11:00AM. The best way to find things at an antiques show is to come early, like with a flashlight early. But I'd neglected attending church too many Sunday's recently. So Alameda had to wait till I got out of a nearby one. I got to the fair around 11:00AM. The show opens to the public for early entry at 6:00AM, and closes at 3:00PM, so I got there about half way thru. The attendance looked way up. I only recall once or maybe twice seeing the parking lot full all the way to the street where you enter.


As mentioned it wasn't my day for finds, but I took photos of about 25 things that stood out as I combed the isles. The first thing that caught my eye was a practical item, not an antique per se. A butcher block, 33 1/2" tall by 24" by 24" square, $80.00, offered by Tim Pool of Watsonville. Looked like a commercial one not a cutesy Macy's Cellar deal. You don't see them too often, and usually they're at least in the $200-$300 range. Next was a book on San Quentin offered by Bruce Barton of San Francisco for $10.00. Everyone should have a copy of this classic in their library! I've seen Bruce around the San Francisco Bay Area antiques scene for about the last nineteen years I've been collecting. He was a fixture at the old Marin City Flea.



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Booth of  Dagny Lux-Hanson - Has been setting up at Alameda since first opened in 1998. Prior to that, set up at the Marin City Flea 10 years


Next was a nice little c1940 color cowboy print 18 3/4" wide x 12 3/4" tall offered by Eric Rollins of Clovis Ca. Just as I was about to pick it up to look at it someone else picked it up, but didn't buy it


Eric is a full time dealer that sets up every month at Alameda, and likes it a lot. He also does the Rose Bowl Flea down in Pasadena once a month too. He was pleasant, and it was nice to hear he really liked what he did. That was the second regular I spoke with that spoke well of doing Alameda. Dagny Lux-Hanson who also sets up every month also felt the same.  Unfortunately, with all the talk I forgot to record how much the cowboy print was, but it was something reasonable. 


Next William Wilson of San Francisco had a huge Victorian era display case 82" wide by 44" tall by 23" deep, $600.00. Had some kind of metal architectural molding in front of it, that blocked how nice it was. 


As I was walking I saw a couple, George and Sue Rapoza from Sonora Ca., carrying a very large and interesting looking sign of some sort, that looked horseracing related. Horseracing Board w man.jpg (513598 bytes)It looked like it was from the 40's and was a chalkboard for posting some kind of information. I asked him about it. They weren't exactly clear on it's use, but believed as I did, that it probably came from one of the bay area racetracks. They told me they paid a whopping $40.00 for it. I speculate, to a racehorse collector, it would probably sell for $300.00. I asked George how long he'd been collecting. Thirty years he said. Another collector having fun!


Next was a large and nice rodeo poster 58" tall by 41" wide, for $375.00 offered by Mike Lindsay of Arbuckle's Ca. Mike also had a nice early John Wayne movie poster for "The Lawless Frontier" for $$275.00. Mike is another long time Alameda dealer. I can't recall an Alameda fair he wasn't set up at. Always has nice things in good condition in his booth. Mostly western stuff.


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Mike Lindsay's booth from Arbuckle Ca., 

offers quality western memorabilia


This next mention gets the "quirkiest booth on  a regular basis award". I'm speaking of Alan Perry's corner. Actually he maintains three booths there. Every show he has a fresh crop of eccentricities. And every show there is a ton of traffic coming thru his booth. Along with all sorts of...well, odd little stuff, he usually has a selection of cast metal letters off of buildings and such. I didn't see the usual letters this time though. 


Next piece was a cool plant stand made of wood, probably about c1950, 30/3/4" tall by 30 3/4" wide by 30" deep $300.00. It was French, and painted that typical French bright blue. You see a lot of French garden, and other decorative French antiques at Alameda. This type of garden stuff is big at the Southern California antique markets, especially the Santa Monica Airport outdoor show. 


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Booth of Classical Clocks and 

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Nile Godfrey of Classical Clocks and Antiques of Livermore, Ca. was set up, as he regularly does. His booth and clocks are always tip top spotless condition, and his stock makes an important contribution to the show. Nile  assisted me in my research of the 1876 Muller Baseball Clock that coincidently, you see directly to the right. Nile is a retired Safeway Supermarket manager. 


Next standout item was a c1900 Victorian shaving stand with a decorative cast iron base. It was that classic pale green, and had the original porcelain cup and brush. So to was the archaic little mirror. 14 1/2" tall $225.00, offered by Jacque Sanchez of Redwood City Ca.


Next was a cool 50's bar that already had a sold sign. Sold by Sannie Sollecito of Monterey Ca. Next up was one of the better things I saw at the show. A circa 1930's to 40's pair of bookends with a figure of a golfer in knickers, 8 78" tall, $300.00, offered by Jeff Turner of Corte Madera Ca. They were spelter casts. One of the golfers was loose at the foot and appeared to just need tightening. This was a pretty rare golf figural. I have never seen these bookends. I have a similar golfer on my table next to my easy chair. I'd actually have to say they are one of the nicest golf bookends I've seen. They looked more like a $500-600 pair. $300 was a good buy! see below


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Circa 1930 golfer bookends, 8 7/8" tall, $300.00, 

offered by Jeff Turner


And then, right next door in Newell Snyder's booth was a not bad pair of golfing prints 24" tall by 19 1/2" wide framed, $250.00 for the pair. The one on the right you see around, and generally isn't a real hot piece. But what I found interesting is I'd never seen the one on the left, and they appeared to be a matching pair. I mentioned to Newell I'd never seen the left one, and he hadn't either. Then he told me something that may notch them both up; Newell said he'd been told they were advertising pieces produced by Pendleton to advertise they're wool coats. All of a sudden they took on a different light. I mentioned the matching frames looked newer than the prints, and Newell agreed. I should have shot the frame tag on the back, but I think they looked late 1960's. These would be perfect for the golf collector just starting out, big, and decorative....lotta bang for the buck! see below


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Golfing prints 24" tall by 19 1/2" wide framed, $250.00 for the pair, offered by Newell Snyder of San Francisco



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