By Nanette Craig
An idea born at a dinner table four years ago has turned into an event that draws people to Huntsville from across the state.
Kathleen Nitschmann and her husband, Thomas, with friends Frederic Morris and Greg Bahner, were brainstorming of ways to get more people to come to Huntsville.
“We’re sitting around at dinner one night and wondering what we could do and I thought, what about an antiques show?” said Nitschmann.
“A few days later, Frederic came back with a flyer and said, ‘I made a flyer. What do you think?’ From there it has just grown,” she said.
On Sept. 15-16, antique lovers will get to shop in the air-conditioned Walker County Fairgrounds and browse through antiques, collectables, primitives, and glassware during the 2007 Huntsville Antique Show.
“You name it, we will have it. We have dealers coming here to Huntsville from all over the state,” said Nitschmann.
She said not only do visitors come to the show, they also venture to downtown Huntsville.
“I would say that the antique show is one of the busiest days of the year for downtown Huntsville because visitors want to see what we have to offer,” said Nitschmann.
People come from all over the state and many from surrounding towns.
Nitschmann said she has seen many of the same visitors coming back year after year.
Louise Fredieu, from Trinity, is just one of those people. Last year was her first visit to the antiques show and she will be back this year.
“It’s wonderful. I went last year and it sold me. There are good prices and fantastic items you don’t see in stores,” said Fredieu.
Family and friends alike enjoy antique shopping the world over and Nitschmann said many men enjoy shopping for antiques too.
“There is an old saying about antiques - grandma used it, momma threw it out, and the kids are trying to buy it all back,” said Nitschmann.
Grandmas, moms and kids will have a variety of booths to choose from with this year’s show boasting over 80 booths for browsing enjoyment.
There will also be a food booth for hungry shoppers offering the regular show fare such as hamburgers and hot dogs and cold drinks.
There are still a few booths left for any dealers wanting to showcase their wares.
“We can always work in another booth,” said Nitschmann.
The admission fee of $5 is good for both days and children under 12 get in free.
“We are geared up for a spectacular show and look forward to seeing many visitors on the 15th and 16th,” said Nitschmann.
Sponsors for this year are A Nitsch in Time and Memory Merchant, both of Huntsville.
For more information, call Kathleen Nitschmann at 936-436-0265.