If you’ve seen the popular PBS “Antiques Roadshow,” you know the treasures — prized for their value or purely sentimental — that can lurk in attics and basements. The Islip Arts Council has been hosting its annual antiques and collectibles fair for decades, offering patrons a place to shop for vintage finds or get something they already own evaluated.
About 50 vendors of everything from antique toys and hand- carved picture frames to rare coins and stamps display their wares June 10 on the grounds of Brookwood Hall, a circa 1902 neo-Georgian mansion that now houses the council and its museum.
A highlight of the fair is the appraisal table, presided over by certified art and antiques appraiser Ted Oberg of All American Auctions in Islip, along with a team of colleagues.
It’s a long-standing tradition that fair visitors can receive free on-the-spot verbal appraisals for items they bring with them.
“It’s like a treasure hunt — you never know what will show up,” Oberg says. Several years ago, fair visitor Gerard Cuff brought two paintings he’d inherited from his grandmother.
“I’m old-fashioned,” says Cuff, who lives in Babylon. “I didn’t like the style of those pictures — too abstract, and they’d just been gathering dust in my basement for years. Ted recognized that they’d been painted by an Italian impressionist, Vincenzo Irolli.” Fast forward a few months and they were sold at a Manhattan auction house for about $40,000 each, Cuff says.
“Another time, we found an original Tiffany lamp worth $20,000,” Oberg says. But there’s a value beyond dollar figures, too.
“We almost always find extraordinary things that are rich in history and nostalgia; sometimes we can bring joy to the owner, but sometimes it’s disappointment,” Oberg says. Like last year, when a fairgoer brought a beautiful Japanese Satsuma ware tea set that turned out to be a $100 reproduction — it wouldn’t fetch the thousands that the originals from centuries ago can bring.
ANNUAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES FAIR
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip
INFO 631-224-5420, isliparts.org
MORE ANTIQUE FAIRS
SOUTHAMPTON ANTIQUES FAIR
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10 and June 24 (continues every other Saturday through Sept. 16) at Rogers Mansion Museum Complex, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
INFO 631-283-2494, southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org
This is the place for antique furniture — benches, chests, tables, chairs, etc. Also find jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics, artwork and collectibles — all scattered throughout the grounds, barn and consignment shop.
ANTIQUES, VINTAGE AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18 (rain date June 25) at Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore
INFO 631-889-1166, sagtikosmanor.com
ADMISSION $3 (free younger than 12); $10 early-bird entry at 9 a.m.
This fair attracts about 30 vendors with a wide range of early-to mid-century specialties such as shabby chic linens and clothing, estate jewelry and watches. Also find plants, Depression glass, comic books, and odd bits of furniture for refinishing such as headboards.
ANNUAL ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25 at Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton
INFO 631-537-1088, bhmuseum.org
ADMISSION $5 (free ages 11 and younger)
Among the 50 vendors of furniture, paintings and assorted home accessories there is a collector of vintage cigarette cards that were given away with packs of cigarettes decades ago.