The Hippo


May 27, 2020








60th annual NH Antiques Show

When: Thursday, Aug. 10, and Friday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: $15 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday; visitors under 30 receive free admission with ID.

Hidden treasures
NH Antiques Show returns for 60th year

By Matt Ingersoll

 Antique dealers locally and from across the country often save their hardest-to-find merchandise for the New Hampshire Antiques Show, which will be held for the 60th year from Thursday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Three-wall “rooms” will be set up to showcase the products of more than 65 antique dealers. A huge variety of antiques will be available, including folk art, hooked rugs, furniture, weathervanes, books and historical documents.
“Dealers will save merchandise all year long and when they get something really good, they’ll put it aside and not show it to anyone until it comes out during the show,” said Tom Longacre, co-owner of Thomas R. Longacre Antiques in Marlborough and show co-chairman. “The anticipation drives people crazy. … I don’t know of too many other shows that have that kind of energy.”
Longacre said this show is also unique in that it is organized entirely by the dealers involved and by members of the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association.
The doors to the show will open on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. But be forewarned; like a Black Friday sales rush, crowds tend to build up fast for the first few hours of the show, according to Longacre.
“I’d say from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first day, it’s very busy,” he said. “But if you wait until later in the afternoon or even anytime during the other two days, you won’t get that mad rush.”
Dealers travel from all over the country to attend the show, but several of them reside right here in the Granite State, including Mark & Marjorie Allen Antiques in Gilford, which specializes in paintings and needlework, Cail’s Country Cottage Antiques of Milford, which deals in country furniture and home garden accessories, and Fry Fine Art in Peterborough, dealing in 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century watercolor paintings.
There are three new dealers at this year’s show, according to Longacre. Pat and Rich Garthoeffner, from Lititz, Pennsylvania, specialize in a variety of 18th- and 19th-century antiques. Christopher & Bernadette Evans of Waynesboro, Virginia, will be presenting stoneware, redware, quilts and weathervanes. 
Adam Irish of the Portsmouth-based Old as Adam will also be at the show for the first time showcasing folk art, vintage men’s clothing and more.
“We try to keep the transition occurring so that new dealers are coming and bringing in new ideas and concepts,” Longacre said.
Some dealers have so much to offer that there isn’t room to have it all out on display in one day. As a result, visitors might get to see different varieties of antiques from one day to the next during the show’s three days.
“Some people do actually come all three days,” Longacre said. “A lot of the dealers … will strip their booths down and redesign them with a lot of fresh stuff, so if you come back a second or third day, you will see totally different stuff.”
A full list of the dealers who will appear at this year’s show and what their specialities are is available at
“[The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association] is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting antiques year-round … and the show keeps the organization funded to support the industry,” Longacre said. “So we don’t have any kind of pro promoter. … The people that run the show are volunteers and work very hard to make it a success.” 

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