LUMBERTON — Collectors may stumble across one-of-a-kind items during the Antique and Craft Expo in Lumberton on Saturday.
The show, which will take place inside the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., was organized by Vanessa McNeill, an avid antique collector.
“I like the look of antiques,” she said. “But first and foremost, my mother was also a collector and I was brought up to appreciate the value of things.”
McNeill said that she decided to put the event together after some nudging from her friends.
“My friends are also antique collectors,” she said. “So one day they asked me, ‘why don’t you just put on a show?’”
As of this writing, 25 vendors have registered to participate in the expo and McNeill anticipates as many as 60 will sign up over the next few days.
“I think everyone is going to want to get in at the last minute,” she said.
McNeill promised that there will be hundreds of items for available for collectors to peruse during the show.
In addition to vintage dolls, appliances and other decorative antiques, an assortment of artists and business owners from across the Southeast will offer handcrafted hair bows, birdhouses, candles and other items.
James Munce, owner of Heavenly Scents in Lumberton, plans on bringing an array of oil burners and aroma therapy oils to the event.
“I do a lot of arts and crafts shows around the area and I’m very excited to be a part of this one,” he said. “I’ve known Vanessa for a while, and I hope it’s a great success and brings Robeson County together. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the things.”
Sophia Hess, owner of JunieB Jewelry in Stedman, will be peddling bracelets and key rings alongside her mother and business partner, Evelyn.
“I found out about the event through a post on Facebook,” Evelyn said. “We’re hoping to get our name out there and we want people to see the quality of our jewelry, which is all very reasonably priced.”
She added that many of her daughter’s pieces were crafted using a Japanese style of braid-weaving known as Kumihimo.
McNeill, who has previous experience overseeing boutique, car and motorcycle shows, said she hopes to turn the Antique and Craft Expo into an annual event.
“It wasn’t hard at all for me to put this one together,” she said.
Admission to the show is $5 per person. Vendors may register by calling McNeill at 910-876-7256, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-272-6146, or on Twitter @Jaymie_Baxley