Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A beautiful month for antique fairs

Here we are, three days into May and a weekend coming up! What's happening in the antique and vintage world? Indulge in some retail therapy while engaging in recycling and enjoying the outdoors.

May 8 - Rose Bowl Flea Market, where the stars love to shop. If you like to go shopping with Mom like I do, this is a great adventure for Mother's Day.

May 8 - If you're in Northern California, there's the Sacramento Antique Faire!

May 14-15 - Lots going on, from Reno to Beaverton, OR and Watsonville, CA. 
Tanner's Marketplace holds their Antiques, Collectibles, Arts and Crafts Show all weekend at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno.

The very popular twice-monthly Beaverton Flea will be held May 14 in the parking lot of Curiosities Vintage and Union Vintage.

The twice-annual Goat Hill Fair is also May 14-15 at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds in Watsonville.

The Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market on May 22 is another place you'll probably glimpse celebrity shoppers. This event is held twice a month, the first and fourth Sundays.

Martinez, CA holds their downtown Vintage Market  twice a year in the historic old town area, where shoppers are also surrounded with a number of antique stores. This year's May event is the Saturday, 21st.

Another Old Town district that cherishes its heritage is Clovis, CA, and their events include the twice-annual Glorious Junk days, coming up on Sunday, May 29. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

What's Happening This Weekend?

Every Friday Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage in Aurora, OR, features a Funky Find...a new arrival of particular interest. Today's find is an antique oak specimen cabinet salvaged from a biology lab from department of Chiropterology that was filled with preserved bat specimens. Vintage lab furniture is in demand for the well-furnished man cave.

And coming up next Wednesday, April 20, Aurora Mills' new Portland location at 73 SE Salmon St will be participating in the Open House for Design, with food and drinks and a tour of the new location from 4-7 pm.

Also in Aurora, South End Antiques recently launched their new blog, at, enhanced with lots of bright, beautiful photos from their store.

Saturday, April 16th from 7 AM until 1:30 PM, Wits End Vintage & Collectibles in Clovis holds their monthly vintage flea market and celebrates their 3rd Anniversary, with refreshments and live entertainment (9-12) and a raffle for Wit's End gift certificates. Better your odds of winning by seeing each vendor in the shop to obtain your free raffle tickets.

And also on Saturday, in Anderson, CA, Marigold Antique & Collectibles Mall is holding a twofer: a Parking Lot Sale goes from 9am-2pm, and inside the store, their 9am-6pm Spring Open House with discounts up to 50% off. Check out new arrivals in their popular Man Cave!

Friday, April 1, 2016

No Foolin'! Lots of Antique Shows and Street Fairs in April

It's April 1, and if you like browsing at antique shows and fairs, you might want to get out your calendar and mark these dates, for events from Washington state to Arizona.

Sat., April 2 and April 16: Beaverton Flea & Collector's Show, parking lot of Curiosities Vintage, 13705 SW Beaverdam Rd, Beaverton, OR. This event takes place twice a month on Saturdays throughout the year, 11am-3pm. Information: (503) 626-8653. Facebook: Curiosities, Beaverton, OR or

Sun., April 3 and April 17: Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market, 1st & 4th Sunday of every month. 8am-3pm. Information:, or call (323)933-2511

Sun., April 10: Sacramento Antique Faire, 21st & X Streets, Sacramento, CA, 6:30am-3pm. Every 2nd Sunday. Information at or (916) 600-9770, or Facebook.

Sun., April 10: RG Canning Attractions' Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, CA. Open 9am-4:30pm. Information: (323) 560-7469 or

Sun., April 24: 30th Annual Petaluma Antique Fair, Fourth & Kentucky Streets, Petaluma, CA. Location is the historic Old Town Petaluma district, and the fair is 8am-4pm. For information call 707-762-9348, or visit

Sun., April 24: RG Canning Attractions' Ventura Flea Market, Ventura Fairgrounds, CA. Open 6am. Information: (323) 560-7469 or

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Compassion is contagious!

When people open their hearts to help a cause, their gesture can go viral and the community is inspired to make their own contributions. So we're thankful for businesses like Antique Trove in Roseville, CA for going beyond business-as-usual in memory of a child. 
The Trove is hosting a Thanks-for-Giving Bake Sale Saturday, April 2, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Collin McDaniel Hope Foundation to help stomp out Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) a rare autoimmune disease. Collin McDaniel loved Super Mario, so in his honor it'll be a Mario-themed event, and kids will get a chance to pose for photos with Mario & Friends.

The Antique Trove is at 236 Harding Blvd in Roseville. View their website at For more information on NMO, visit NMO 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Here to make friends in Niles

My Friends & I, a 14-dealer co-op on Niles Boulevard in Fremont, CA is going the extra mile, marketing-wise, by having a gift basket drawing every month. You get a chance to win with any purchase. Gift baskets are a popular drawing prize, and the prospect of winning one assures that shoppers coming to the well-known Niles Boulevard antique row will likely include My Friends & I in their stops. 

Another marketing tool that takes a little effort but potentially could help attract more clientele is the blog that Carol, the store owner, maintains at Blogspot is a free blog hosting site, and she posts anything from photos of newly-arrived items to open house sales like the one they held a couple of weeks ago, to uplifting quotes or even photos of special dishes being served at nearby restaurants...shoppers have to eat too, you know.

Here's a photo of the gift basket for the drawing in April.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tongue-in-Cheek Advertising

Wouldn't this be sweet in the powder room? A tintype image of a nun with soulful eyes was used to promote Cherry Blossom perfume, toilet powder and soap in this antique advertisement, with the promise, "Nun Nicer." Found at Susantiques in Aloha, OR. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Some good news, some bad news

The good news is, Cochran's Collector's Guide's 2016 edition has been uploaded to this website and is now available for your use, and to download to a mobile device if you want an even more portable version than our travel-size hardcopy book for your next road trip.

The bad news is, this edition was late in getting uploaded thanks to some major changes in the software we have been using for years to create this online Guide, which required us over weeks of trial-and-error to 1) figure out our former procedures were no longer going to work, and 2) figure out how to change what we were doing so it would be acceptable to the new software, and 3) get it all done.

The Guide's website is unlike most, in that it has in addition to several introductory pages that show you how to participate in the book, the free web pages for our advertisers who don't have their own websites, the 142 pages of the actual book. It's not easy to find instructions for a publication like this, and our webmaster had to work out several steps on his own. Maybe he should write a tutorial! Or not...

Hopefully next year's edition will proceed more smoothly! Thanks for your patience.

Bliss and Jim Cochran
Editor and Publisher