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at the Puyallup Fairgrounds
110 9th Ave. S.W. Puyallup, WA 98371
The largest Antique & Collectible Show
in the Puget Sound area
Saturday 9am to 6pm to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Adult admission $6 (Sunday coupon at bottom)
Free Parking
Early Admission on Friday $20.00
Hours on Friday: 10am to 6pm
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A cool hoosier brought to the November show

As always, there is a lot going on at this show. Everything from the always popular Evaluation and Identification service at the show to 400 booths of great ShowPlex closervintage things that you can discover and take home. 


There aren't too many categories that aren't well represented and again, the fun of the hunt makes that discovery a lot more rewarding.  A small sampling
turn-of-the-century furniture, antiques, oddities, estate jewelry, pop culture, vintage clothing, glass, china, pottery, paintings, vintage prints, radios from the 30s-50s, movie memorabilia, sports, cast iron, mid-century, sterling flatware matching, vintage toys from the 1880s to the 1970s, Victorian decor, vintage clothing, garden antiques, framed vintage prints, costume jewelry, estate jewelry, coins and lots more.
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    Jewelry two



In This Issue
Upcoming Shows
Antique Dealer Seminar coming to Tacoma
Find out what your treasures are worth at the show
A New Name for Palmer/Wirfs
We're starting to wind down our season, so after this weekend we have one more show on
March 2 & 3
Portland Expo Center
Then the next show is our monster 1,400 booth extravaganza.
July 13 & 14
Portland Expo Center
For more information about the Portland Shows  including hotel information
Back to Puyallup on
November 9 & 10, 2013
Jewelry two 
Bronze - whitakers
1884 Louis Moreau
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Yes, these are chromed fire hydrants

One of the most diverse booths in the show is brought by the aptly named Eclectic Antiques. Jim & Kaye Whitaker, who have done these shows since 1993, specialize in Josef figurines, motion lamps, tiki items, advertising, tins and if you're looking for a tinsel Christmas tree, chances are they have one. Because their buying trips take them across the country several times a year, they always have the unexpected.  The bronze on the right is a beautiful 1884 Louis Moreau nude. They're located in Row E, Booth 169 and 170.
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A Star Chief slot brought by Erick Paul
If you ever wanted a vintage slot machine for your party room, Erick Paul's booth is where to find one. These are all vintage 
(legal to own).  From the Seattle area, Erick also sells gambling items, advertising and bakelite among other items.  Erick's booth at the Puyallup Show is in Row W, Booths 108, 109 and 110 right at the top of the show.


One of the most pleasant surprises to the

 Puyallup Show in the way of a new dealer has been Don Meth. Don is the owner of Show Quality Metal Finishing in Seattle and American Plating in Centralia and has been plating since 1980. His company restores, polishes and re-plates vintage show cars, vintage lighting, wood stoves, fire nozzles and just about anything that looks better when it's chrome plated. Please note the photo on the right features his selection of chromed fire hydrants brought to the show in November. These are great items to decorate with and not to generalize, any man would love to have one of these in his man cave. You'll find Don's booth in Row G, Booths 133 & 134.

Antiques Industry Seminar Coming to Tacoma on January 31st.
Because the business is losing some of its longstanding dealers as age creeps up, there is room for those who have collected for many years or are retiring and looking for a small 
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Seminar in September 2012
business or those with a love of things from the past. There are many ways to be involved, whether you list items on the web, take a showcase in an antique mall or if you participate in shows such as ours. Doing shows exposes you to the people in the business who are a close knit, friendly bunch who share your appreciation for vintage things and have the desire to make money at it. For our last seminar in Portland, this last Sept. 9th, 150 people spent the day learning the tricks of the trade. We think it's time to offer one in the Puget Sound area. 
On Thursday, January 31st, we will be at the LaQuinta Inn in Tacoma. Each talk lasts 45 minutes and starts at 9am and ends at 3:30pm with a lunch break at 11:30 (there is a restaurant at the hotel). The cost is free and there is nothing for sale. Our speakers are all currently active in the industry with an average of 25 years. They include Hugh Weber, a dealer of 40 years who will share information on How To Buy, When To Buy & What To Buy. Tony Berg, a full time dealer, will speak on Where To Sell. Randy Coe will speak on How To Keep Records In The Antiques Business, Kitty Victor, one of our ISA appraisers will offer Ethical Guidelines On Buying and Selling and Vyanna Troutman will talk about how to set up a good looking booth, handle customers and make their buying experience the most positive.
We only have room for 50 people and need to know if you're coming. If you would like to register, please send an email with SEMINAR in the subject line to info@palmerwirfs.com and we'll send you a confirmation.

The show hires accredited experts that would normally cost you $125 an hour to tell you what you have and what it's worth. At the show, for $5 per object, you'll get a verbal market evaluation. The word 'value' has many definitions, ranging from insurance (replacement) value to forced liquidation (you need to pay the rent and have to sell that item today). The value that our experts give you is what your item would bring if you sold it in a retail setting such as at a show, over the web or in a shop. Vintage items typically depend on supply and demand. Certain things go in and out of favor.

Kathleen Victor

An example is glassware, which is going through a soft

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Don Jensen and Kathleen Victor collaborating on the value of a bear

market right now. it doesn't mean that won't change in the future, but the popularity of an category dictates its value. Popular categories right now include Vintage clothing, estate jewelry, kitchenware from the 40s and 50s, pop culture items such as Star Wars and G.I. Joe, tobacco related items such as cigarette dispensers and ashtrays, decorative items including painted furniture, period lighting, framed vintage prints and early men's wrist watches, to name just a few.


Evaluations are available during all hours of the show. If the line is long, you will be sold a ticket and given an approximate time to return to the booth.  The wait, at the most, is about a half hour.

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When Don Wirfs began the company in 1974, it was called Don Wirfs Advertising and Chris was his only employee. When Christine Palmer became a partner in 1999, the name was changed to Palmer/Wirfs & Associates. Then in 2007, Chris began the process of purchasing the remainder of the shares in the company. In May 2013, the last payment will be made and we felt it was time to change our name to better describe the ownership of the company, since Don Wirfs is no longer involved and Christine Palmer and her team have been successfully producing the annual shows for the past 20 years.  While you'll still see Chuck working the aisles at all the shows, he is enjoying being semi-retired from the business. The & Associates part is very important. Our team, Katie, Tisha and Vanessa are responsible for most of the operational parts of putting a show on the floor and I sure couldn't do it without them.  The name change will be gradual so our website is still www.palmerwirfs.com for now and our email address is still info@palmerwirfs.com. Those things will change over the next several months.


Save 50%

Bring this coupon to the Show on Sunday, February 3rd and receive two admissions for the price of one (sorry no single admissions are valid with coupon). We think you'll have fun.
Coupon expires February 3, 2013.