March 2019  Newsletter
WE MOVED! The Next Tanners Antiques and Crafts Show is 
MAY 11th and 12th at the big Reno Sparks Convention Center
Our next show is May 11th and 12th 
at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in South Reno
Vendor signups are OPEN.

We will be in hall "F" at the South end of the Convention Center for the May show. It is best to park in the South Lot - use the Kietzke Lane entrance.

If you need a hotel room please book it as early as you can. 
Reno rooms sometimes fill up quickly in the summer.
Who doesn't LOVE an Estate Sale???? 
   How about a bunch of them all in one Room?  If you love going to annual events like The Doctor's Wives Rummage Sale (which is no more BTW) and Hidden Valley Yard Sale in Reno because you enjoy finding vintage and "old Reno" things -as well as hard to find unique decor at Awesome prices-- then you have to come to Tanners Marketplace! 

   Tanners Marketplace is the only long term "Pop-Up" vintage/antique sale in Reno (since 1976, 43 years!).  The show that is coming up May 11th and 12th is special because we are re-booting in a new location - The Big Reno Sparks Convention Center.  New customers, New dealers (plus your old favorites) and lots of sharing the past with residents and visitors".   

This is Mothers Day weekend so take MOM out for a treat and come to the Tanners Marketplace Mothers Day show!

We are constantly striving to improve the shows so if you have any ideas please let one of us know.  Also please do anything you can to increase awareness of the show and get our attendance up.

Below is the schedule of upcoming 
2019 Schedule
Starting in May we will be at the big Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia St. Rooms F1-F8
May 11th and 12th
July 27th and 28th 
Sept 21th and 22nd
Nov 23rd and 24th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec 14th and 15th
I'm sorry if any of the dates conflict with other shows,
I do my best to work around them
I'm also constrained by available dates at the Events Center

Please remember to shop at our show and small local stores for unique gifts. The antique stores I list here and places like the Buy Nevada First store in the Reno Town Mall are excellent places to shop and it helps your LOCAL neighbors.
Below is a photo sh owing an early Bakelite radio 
   The first thing you need to know is that Bakelite and Catalin are two different plastics, but are both commonly referred to as Bakelite. All of the "Bakelite" jewelry that you see is actually Catalin. Bakelite was mostly used for electrical appliances, handles on pans and coffee pots, Telephones etc. because it is strong and will not melt. 

Billed as the "material of a thousand uses," Bakelite went into commercial production in 1922.
An article in the October 1925 issue of the trade publication  Plastics magazine claimed the new synthetic phenolic resin could be used for "jewelry, smokers' articles ... sealing electric light bulbs in metal bases ... varnishes ... electric coils, lacquers ... silent gears ... and molding material, from which are formed innumerable articles of utility and beauty." We know that resin today as Bakelite, named after its inventor, Leo Baekeland, the chemist whose process was patented in 1909.
The scientific name, though, is polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, "a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde," according to a Wikipedia entry. This revolutionary new type of phenolic resin, or synthetic plastic, was heat resistant, did not conduct electricity, was completely insoluble, totally inflexible and much more economical to produce in large quantities than celluloid, the plastic of the time. It was perfect for molding articles of utility such as insulators, military equipment, automobile parts and the early rotary dial telephone.

The first tabletop radio, though, was one of the first items that was both an article of utility and of beauty when introduced in dark brown, black and dark marbled Bakelite. While not exactly a decorator choice, the darker colors concealed the use of cotton, paper, glass fabrics, nylon, canvas, linen, sawdust, fiber and even asbestos to strengthen an otherwise brittle compound.

But, if darker tones represented early Bakelite, how is it jewelry and other items made of lighter, mostly primary colors are commonly sold as Bakelite? Because those items are made of Catalin.


Known as a cast phenol formaldehyde resin, Catalin, created in 1927, is a thermosetting polymer not unlike Bakelite, except the production is in two stages, where Bakelite requires more of a multistage curing process. More importantly, Catalin was transparent allowing the use of color or mixture of colors during the manufacturing process. Jewelry, bangles, beads, brooches, tableware and other useful household items are made of Catalin, although it is usually identified as Bakelite to collectors.
There are key differences in Bakelite and Catalin. As was mentioned, Bakelite is manufactured with fillers and produced in darker colors to disguise the fillers making the item more stable over time. Bakelite also has a heavier feel.

On the other hand, Catalin, because of its shorter manufacturing process is lighter but less stable and eventually will crack or craze. Early colorful radios from FADA and Emerson made from Catalin, for example, tend to warp, while the colors tend to darken over time with white turning to yellow.
Bracelets in vibrant green, yellow, red or combined shades laminated together for a more colorful style are the most desired in their original shade, with figurals in the shape of plants, animals and flowers easily the most sought after by collectors.
Catalin Motorcycle Pin
Early Emerson Catalin Radio

Other Early Plastics

Collectors will occasionally find other early plastic-like material advertised at auction. Some were experimental before Bakelite or Catalin and others just had small production runs. They are no longer being manufactured, but turn up as collectibles.

Celluloid  is considered the first true thermoplastic. It was marketed as  Parkesine  in 1856 and Xylonite  in 1869. It is made from a compound of nitrocellulose and camphor which is quite flammable. The covering over early political buttons, billiard balls, film stock until 1950, and vintage ivory-like handles were made with celluloid. A tell-tale sign an early plastic is celluloid is the graining that makes it look like ivory. Pingpong balls and some guitar picks are still made from celluloid today.


There are contemporary plastics that resemble Bakelite, so-called "Fakelites" that are treated differently. These fakes have similar design and production methods as Bakelite and are hard to spot except on close examination. Veteran collectors know the uniquely identifiable "clunk" sound that two pieces of vintage Bakelite make when tapped together. Bakelite also feels heavier. Collectors sometimes use the hot water method to test for authentic Bakelite (dip in hot water, rub and test for the smell of formaldehyde) or the 409 method (just a touch of Formula 409 cleaner or Simichrome brand polish on a cotton swab on a hidden area and the swab should turn yellow; rinse the item immediately). You can just dry rub it as well and smell the telltale formaldehyde (works best with dark Bakelite).
Vintage Bakelite may also have been reworked, recut or redesigned without being marked as such. It doesn't necessarily mean it is a fake or even a reproduction and its auction value isn't compromised, but it may be judged differently from its original use. Just be warned that reworking Bakelite yourself produces the harmful effects from the phenol and formaldehyde used in its manufacture.
As it turns out, whether wearing Catalin bangles from Coco Chanel or listening to big bands on an Emerson Bakelite radio, whatever you call it, they're equally collectible.

To read more, click below for the original article with more information:

For more information on early plastics especially as they relate to early radios check out Steve t. Davis's article on  CLICK HERE 

A fun article on CLICK HERE

Wiki about Catalin Jewelry CLICK HERE

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Places to Stay:

Ramada Reno Hotel and Casino, (Tanners Host Hotel)
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-5151
Ramada Website
Click Here To See The Ramada Special Offer
The Ramada will reserve a block of rooms for us at a greatly discounted rate of $50 per night plus taxes.
To book your rooms, Please call the hotel directly at 775-786-5151
and ask for the Hotel Desk. The booking company doesn't know about the discounts.
Please call in advance.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa (Next to the Convention Center)
3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

Econo Lodge Reno-Sparks Convention Center 
1885 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502
(775) 329-1001

Sands Regency Hotel Casino
345 N. Arlington Avenue, RENO, NV 89501, 775-348-2200
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2019 Show Schedule
Tanners Marketplace :
At the Reno Sparks Convention Center
May 11th, 12th 
July 27th, 28th 
Sept 21st,22nd
Nov 23rd, 24th

Magic of Santa Craft Faire:
Dec. 14th and 15th

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Please Visit the Somewhere In Time antique mall at 1313 S. Virginia St.
(Paula and Dan are there on Mondays)

Weekly Auctions
Auctions by Sammy B
Lightning Auctions
A Fun Antiques and Clothing Store

Buy Nevada First
Gift store in Reno Town Mall

 The above vendors are listed as a local resource.  They have not paid to be featured.

Q: When do monkeys fall from the sky?
A: During Ape-ril showers!

Q: Can February March?
A: No, but April May!

Q: Why is everyone so tired on April 1st?
A: Because they've just finished a long, 31 day March!

Q: What season is it when you are on a trampoline?
A: Spring-time!

Q: What flowers grow on faces?
A: Tulips (Two-lips)!

Q: Why are trees very forgiving?
A: Because in the Fall they "Let It Go" and in the Spring they "turn over a new leaf".

Q: Why is the letter A like a flower?
A: A bee (B) comes after it!

Q: When do people start using their trampoline?
A: Spring-Time

Q: What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
A: A hot cross bunny

Q: What did the tree say to spring?
A: What a re-leaf.

Q: What do you call a girl with a frog on her head?
A: Lily!

Q: What does the Easter Bunny order at a Chinese Restaurant?
A: Hop Suey!

Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
A: Bugs Bunny

Q: What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket?
A: Two points just like everybody!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
June who?
June know any good knock knock jokes?

Q: What bow can't be tied
A: A rainbow!

Q: What's the difference between Thanksgiving and April Fool's Day?
A: On one you're thankful and on the other you're prankful!

Q: Why did the farmer bury all his money?
A: To make his soil rich!

Q: What monster plays the most April Fool's jokes?
A: Prankenstein!

Q: What can be seen in the middle of the months 'April' and 'March', that cannot be seen in the beginning or end of either month?
A: The letter "r".

Q: What do you call it when it rains chickens and ducks?
A: FOUL weather!

Q: What goes up when the rain comes down?
A: An umbrella!

Q: What falls but never gets hurt?
A: The rain!

Q: What is a spring chick after it is five months old?
A: Six months old.

Q: Why did the boy start a gardening business?
A: Because he wanted to rake in the cash!

Q: What did the summer say to the spring?
A: Help! I'm going to fall.

Q: What kind of garden does a baker have?
A: A "flour" garden.

Q: Why did the farmer plant a seed in his pond?
A: He was trying to grow a water-melon.

Q: Can bees fly in the rain?
A: Not without their little yellow jackets!

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.
Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."
Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"