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August 21, 2012 > Niles Antique Faire

Niles Antique Faire

By Isabella Ohlmeyer

Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a blast from the past at the 48th annual Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market Sunday, August 26 in Fremont's historic Niles District. This event draws an estimated 30,000 attendees each year, many of whom attend the faire to view vintage items and reminisce with stories from their childhood. Niles is known for its shopping and silent film vintage in a quaint main street setting. The event will begin bright and early with the popular pancake breakfast at 4 a.m. for vendors and eager, hungry early bird customers.

"The success of the Niles Antique Faire is that we look for many different vendors each year with several types of items for sale," said faire coordinator Keith Elrod. From antique jewelry to vintage clothing, over 200 vendors will showcase charming antiques and memorabilia.

Jo Trisler, a returning vendor representing her store, Lost in the Attic, has built solid relationships with customers through the annual event. "You meet lots of people at this event and end up making a connection. Many of our customers have become close friends of mine," Trisler said. Unique items for sale at the Lost in the Attic booth include vintage bears, old-fashioned cash registers, and old metal finds. "People are buying back their youth through reliving childhood memories at this event," Trisler said.

Mantiques store manager Joseph Tarquini shared his experience as a vendor at the faire saying, "The faire is overwhelming. It is a buyer and seller's dream because there is so much to see both in the amount of people who attend and the antiques for sale."

Many vendors have also been devoted customers throughout the years, including Cottage Charm shop owner, Alberta Perkins. "I have been coming to the faire as a customer for 20 years. As a buyer, I love coming to the Antique Faire because it has vintage and antique finds, and as a seller I enjoy being part of an old fashioned atmosphere," Perkins said.

Along with antiques and collectables, woodcrafts, painters, henna art and face painters will add variety to the faire; unique plants from Crescent Hill Nursery will occupy several booths. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum will be open from noon - 4 p.m. offering various historic items from the silent film era including a historic tour guide, Broncho Billy postcards and Essanay book plates.

Popular, mouth-watering Niles eateries will make sure hunger pangs are satisfied with food choices including Thai barbeque, Mexican food, corndogs, scrambled eggs, Italian food, and linguica sausage sandwiches.

Boy Scout Troup 20 park cars on Nursery Avenue for $5 and Boy Scout Troup 132 will park cars near the train overpass coming in from Niles Canyon for $8. All parking proceeds go directly to the scouts.

The Niles Antique Fair & Flea Market is an opportunity to spend quality time and appreciate rare quality antiques; it's a fun extravaganza for the whole family.

Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market
Sunday, August 26
6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Historic Niles District
Niles Blvd., Fremont
Between G & J Streets
(510) 742-9868

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