Here in Central Florida, Renninger's is THE place to search for collectibles and antiques. They are located in Mt. Dora ,Florida and are open on the weekends. But, four times a year they have their Extravaganza where dealers from all over the country rent space outside and sell their wares.
This was the last one until November. There will be Antique Fairs every month but nothing on the scale of today's show.
We got there around 9:30am and it was packed. There's a flea market next to the gates so we walked over there first. A dealer was selling out all her items for the winter. She was from Glen Ellyn, Illinois and wanted to start fresh in the fall. They go home to Illinois and buy from estate sales and auctions. Then, in the fall, they pack up their wares and come South.
I bought a few things from her and then we paid our admission ($6 ea.) and went in. The amount of dealers has shrunk over the years. This was the fewest I can recall. Guess the recession is hitting where it hurts.
We were still able to find some bargains. I bought some small glass pieces, a few ceramic items, some hankys and a large cache of buttons. Wanted to be very cautious with my expenditures so that was about it.
Vintage jewelry vendors have taken over the show. Didn't notice much furniture but there were a few drop leaf tables at bargain prices. I love drop leaf tables but don't have room for another one. There was lot of high end glassware and dishes for sale. My favorite vendors are the ones that just bought a large estate and have everything helter skelter all over there spot. I LOVE to paw thru boxes of stuff to find treasures.
I was picking thru the last box of the day when the teenist, tiniest ceramic parrot fell to the bottom of the box. He is soooooo cute. I'll have to post a picture of him. I may have to keep him for awhile because he is so unusual.
Now I'm going to pick thru my new bunch of old buttons. What fun!