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Peruse antiques at Folsom Peddler's Fair

By: Margaret Snider, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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Collectors will fill the Folsom Historic District this month to find unique treasures at the Antique Peddlers’ Fair. The semiannual Folsom Antique Peddlers’ Fair will fill up the four blocks of Sutter Street in Folsom with antiques of all kinds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 16, rain or shine. “There’s a certain amount of love connected with (antiques), that I think is a pure form of history that we don’t see in other ways,” said Gary Cox, the Antique Answer Man. “We read headlines, but we don’t connect with our history. Through those kinds of objects you get a direct connection with history, with people of a past time.” Cox will be on hand at the event until 2 p.m. doing informal appraisals of family treasures or garage sale finds for a small fee. He is well known for his work with the Crocker Museum, KVIE’s Central Valley Chronicles and the Folsom History Museum. “Most dealers got started as a collector,” Cox said, adding that it is how he got started. “It’s an addiction, something that grows on you. Most people that really love it, they either have really big collections in their house, or they become dealers.” Among the new antique vendors this year will be Chris and Evie Griffith, whose Napa antique business Evie Ivy Over, specializes in European vintage wine artifacts. Chris Griffith became interested in antiques when he was a young college student studying comparative economics in Europe. “What I noticed over there is the kids don’t take care of the history of the winepress,” Griffith said. “They end up throwing them in the wood pile because they burn hot and the winters are cold in Europe.” He began bringing them over, trying to save a little history. The couple’s business supplies winery artifacts to wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants and private wine cellars. Many dealers who will be participating have been doing so for multiple years. Rita McDonald of Elk Grove, who with her husband Gary sells antique furniture, said that they have been coming to the antique fair for many years. “We’ve always liked (antiques),” McDonald said. “We bought them for ourselves and pretty soon we didn’t have room for any more. It was either don’t buy any more, or start deciding which ones we’re going to sell.” They buy Hoosier cabinets, pie safes, and many other types of furniture, mostly from Nebraska. What attracts them is uniqueness. “Maybe it’s something I haven’t seen before, and maybe it’s something I’m not even sure what it is until I talk to the people who are selling it.” McDonald said. Numerous Sutter Street regulars will have their own distinctive and special offerings. Admission is free at the event and parking is $2 in the parking garage. Free light rail tickets will be available beginning Sept. 1 from participating Sutter Street merchants, courtesy of Regional Transit. The band Proxy will entertain with hits from the 1960s and onward at the amphitheater from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Bolivian master flutist Oscar Reynolds will perform all day. For more information, visit historicfolsom.org. ----- KNOW AND GO What: Folsom Antique Peddlers’ Fair When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 Where: Historic Sutter Street in Folsom Info: historicfolsom.org