David Hoffmann, owner of David's Fine Antique Glass & Porcelain housed in the Spice Shoppe + Antiques at 9 East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, has fond memories of the Waverly Community House Antique Show and Sale. Hoffmann has participated in the show for 12 years, as a dealer of cut and Depression glass, antique jewelry and Noritake "Azalea" China. He said of the show, "I hate to see it end."
At "The Last Comm Antique Show and Sale" on Sept. 15 and 16, Hoffmann will set up his display and sell his wares, one final time, along with approximately one dozen dealers. Some of the items to be featured at the upcoming Comm show are heirlooms, rare handcrafted pieces, linens, objects d'art, glass, china, silver and porcelain.
One of Hoffmann's most cherished memories is the dealer luncheon. "I've always enjoyed the dealer luncheons. I always thought that was very gracious of the committee to put that on. That's a nice memory - being able to sit down with fellow dealers and talk with them…Once the show starts, you don't always have the time to talk with them. It's nice to have that kind of fellowship," said Hoffmann, who was a collector of antiques for 20 approximately years before he became a dealer.
Another memorable aspect of the show is, according to Hoffmann, the way the committee would create flower arrangements in vases provided by dealers. "That added to the enjoyment. They always made the dealers feel welcome. The committee arranged the vases that helped build the mood for the show."
Most of Hoffmann's antiques range in age from 50 to 150-years-old and cut glass is his favored genre, citing the brilliance of it and the way it shines. "That was probably the nicest glass that was ever made in America – the American Brilliant cut glass," he said. Eighty-five to 90 percent of the cut glass was made from 1875 to 1915, and many of the factories were located in our area, according to Hoffmann.
"Almost everybody likes a piece of glass around their house – either decorative or functional - and almost everyone has some sort of collection of glass or china that was passed down from a previous generation. They like to fill in the gaps in those collections, or fill a curio cabinet with high quality antique glass or porcelain items," Hoffmann said. In addition to his collection of antiques and collectibles, at The Spice of Life Shoppe, shoppers will also find a variety of spices, tea, gift items and candy.
Eventgoers should also plan to savor the taste of a luncheon catered by Chef Mark Siebert and the culinary arts department of Chef's Table at Keystone College. Chef Siebert's menu will include White Pasta Fagioli and Tomato Bisque soups; a Beet Salad with Roasted Red Beets, Fresh Greens, Feta Cheese and Candied Walnuts with shallot and fennel vinaigrette; sandwiches of Roast Turkey and Fontina Cheese on a Tomato Herb Ciabatta Roll with Marinated Roasted Peppers, Sliced Bermuda Onion, Butter Lettuce and a Basil Pesto Aioli, or Tarragon Chicken Salad with Apples and Walnuts served on a Croissant with Mixed Greens. A Cup of Soup and Half Sandwich Combo will be available and sandwiches will be served with a side of pasta salad. But, be sure to save some space for dessert. A variety of desserts will be available under the tent from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Waverly Antiques Show Preview Party and Archives Project Debut will be held Sept. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Constance Reynolds Belin room. Tickets are $20 and reservations are suggested.
Antiques show and sale show times are Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House located at 1115 N. Abington Road in historic Waverly. Ticket prices for the antiques show and sale are $6. For more information, call 570. 586.8191, extension 5, or visit waverlycomm.org.