The Lodi area is filled with antique shops, and what you can’t find in Lodi, you can discover in the Mother Lode country. Lodi, however, had something different during the weekend — antiques you won’t see locally.
“I try not to do local vendors because if they’re local, people have already seen them,” said Dennis Canavan, who owns Orca Productions and organized the annual event.
Canavan, who lives on Camano Island north of Seattle, arranges for antique dealers to participate at shows in Lodi and other communities. He just completed his second year at the three-day show at the Grape Festival’s Cabernet Hall.
Here are some of the more unusual items at this year’s Lodi Antique Show:
- Clothing from the 1920s to the ’50s. Corry Weidman-Sibell, who has an antique shop in Manteca, had such items as a 1920s vintage dress for teas and garden parties, a 1930s wedding dress and a checkered dress resembling something June Cleaver wore on the “Leave it to Beaver” TV classic.
- Saddles and other Western items.
- An old wooden crank phone that actually works. Vendor Terry Hawkins of Monterey, who brought the phone, also had an extensive collection of Golden Books for children, which included Western TV shows, Captain Kangaroo and a large collection of Dr. Suess books. “In the ‘50s, ’60s and ’70s, if there was a children’s TV series and lasted one season, (Golden) did a book,” Hawkins said.
- One men’s and a woman’s swim suit from the 1920s with “Sutro Baths” on it. They were worn by Sutro Baths employees in San Francisco, said Fremont resident Kathy Manzini.
- A large collection of everything orange, which seemed to be Manzini’s favorite color. They included orange clothing and jewelry. She also had some Chinese and Japanese items, which Manzini’s mother passed down to her.
Canavan described the vendors at the Lodi event as professional. He demands unusual antiques, and he insists that vendors know their merchandise.
“If you can still buy it, don’t bring it,” Canavan tells his vendors. “I have a philosophy. If you don’t know what it is, don’t bring it,” Canavan said. “We’ll take it off (the table).”
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