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Fox Valley show offers networking, knowledge about antiques

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  • Antiques collector Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove holds a Hopi seed basket she bought at a previous Fox Valley Antiques Show. The next running of the Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show will be Oct. 20 and 21 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

       Antiques collector Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove holds a Hopi seed basket she bought at a previous Fox Valley Antiques Show. The next running of the Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show will be Oct. 20 and 21 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove shows her favorite chair, a Windsor from the 1780s. She bought the chair at a previous Fox Valley Antiques Show.

       Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove shows her favorite chair, a Windsor from the 1780s. She bought the chair at a previous Fox Valley Antiques Show.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • This wood carrier basket with a tin handle is one of the pieces Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove has found at the Fox Valley Antiques Show in St. Charles.

       This wood carrier basket with a tin handle is one of the pieces Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove has found at the Fox Valley Antiques Show in St. Charles.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove bought this watercolor from 1842 at the Fox Valley Antiques Show.

       Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove bought this watercolor from 1842 at the Fox Valley Antiques Show.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove decorates her home with items purchased from antique dealers and shows such as the Fox Valley Antiques Show, where she bought this watercolor from the 1800s.

       Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove decorates her home with items purchased from antique dealers and shows such as the Fox Valley Antiques Show, where she bought this watercolor from the 1800s.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

A well-curated trip back in time is what suburban antiques collector Linda Buehrer is expecting from the 38th Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show.

A Windsor chair, a wood carrier, a Hopi seed basket, a cherry tea table and several watercolor paintings are among the antique finds Buehrer has brought home from Fox Valley Antiques Shows past. She said she's looking forward to the next show Oct. 20 and 21 and the dealers who will bring a wide range of items from bygone eras.

She considers the show, held at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, as "the highlight of fall."

Buehrer and the Fox Valley show actually have plenty in common.

The event offers a variety of items from the 1600s to the early 1900s including furniture, folk art, paintings, porcelain, jewelry, textiles and toys. Buehrer decorates her Downers Grove home with items from as far back as the 1700s.

"I'm all over the board with what I collect," Buehrer said. "I'm not a purist."

Her home, painted in "happy colors" of red and gold, also is adorned with hand-painted portraits from the 1800s, Pennsylvania German watercolors and wooden furniture from the late 1700s. One of her favorites is a 1780s Windsor chair she appreciates for its craftsmanship, as it likely was made with four different types of wood.

"I've always been enamored of them. Maybe some of it is the construction," Buehrer said.

Many of her favorite pieces have come from trips she's made to the Fox Valley Antiques Show. She's developed a strategy of only buying items from dealers she knows.

"I have favorite dealers there," she said. "You kind of rush to them first."

Buehrer isn't the only antiques show patron who picks favorites among the 55 dealers from 14 states expected to display their wares, said Donna Finegan, chairwoman of the Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show, which is produced by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association.

"We have a lot of repeat customers and they come specifically to see certain dealers that they build up a rapport with," Finegan said. "It's a learning process for a lot of people."

Finegan, who is an antiques dealer herself and will be selling items at the show, said her learning process expanded her interests from textiles to antiques. Buehrer's learning process took her back further in time.

"You keep wanting something older," said Buehrer, who began collecting items from the early 1900s, and now focuses her antiques hunt on pieces originating in the 1830s or 1840s. "Your collections and your interests change."

For novices to the world of everything old, discussions with antique dealers at the show can help form a basis of knowledge.

"It's a great place to network, to learn about antiques," Finegan said.

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