Shopping for something unique and special online can be an iffy affair. You can click all those little windows to view what might be the object of your desire from every angle. You can try calling the seller to ask questions. But unless you’re purchasing widgets, you just never know.
“There’s nothing like coming and seeing and touching it, and talking to the owner to find out the history, before making a commitment,” said Christine Palmer.
Those owners will be on hand at the 12th annual Clark County Antique & Collectible Show this weekend. But not quite as many as have filled up the main hall at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in previous years, Palmer said, so the show has rented a smaller hall this year — and packed it tight with 250 of the best possible dealers.
“It’s a smaller footprint, but what’s different this year is, it’ll be a little higher end, a little higher quality,” said Palmer, whose Portland-based franchise, America’s Largest Antique & Collectible shows, sponsors this popular Clark County event annually — as well as a sister show in Puyallup.
“We are trending toward fine art and true antiques this year,” she said. “But I also want to stress that about a third or more of our dealers will still have the fun, funky stuff.”