Annually in October
St. Paul’s Parish Hall on Walnut Street
(Just one block from Wellsboro’s historic Green)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
If you had a niddy noddy, would you know what to do with it? How about a sheveret? If you can answer “yes” to either of these questions, you probably know something about antiques, and you will surely want to come to St. Paul’s Antique Show and Sale in Wellsboro!
If you wouldn’t know a niddy noddy if you saw one, you will enjoy a visit to St. Paul’s Antique Show and Sale anyway. You’ll have a great time looking at hundreds of items that our great-grandparents may have taken for granted, but that we now call “antiques.”
The annual Antique Show and Sale at St. Paul’s is one of the longest-running and successful events in the area, and one of the oldest antique shows in the country.
What began as a parish event is now the gracious cornerstone of a community-wide Fall Harvest Festival, held annually the first weekend in October. Once again, we will present fifteen exhibitors and their wide variety of authentic furniture and decor. We also are known for delicious, graciously-served food… and the hospitality of our historic church home.
Authentic items displayed will range from large pieces of furniture to jewelry. Dishes, postcards, tools, kitchen utensils, lamps, children’s toys, and other authentic antiques also will be featured. No reproductions will be displayed.
As in past years, three unusual and valuable pieces and a quilt pieced by church members will be offered as raffle prizes, with raffle tickets sold at the door. A craft table will be open during the show and sale.
Luncheon will be available featuring reasonably-priced sandwiches, homemade soup, pies, and beverages. A bake table, offering items baked by church members, also will be open.
Tours of the historic church itself will be given. “None of our parishioners thinks of our church building as an antique,” says Father Greg, “but it is over a hundred years old and, like many of the items to be displayed at the show and sale, it is very beautiful.”
“People come to our Antique Show and Sale year after year to look at and to purchase some of the outstanding items that are offered,” says Rich Stoving, one of the show’s committee members. “Over five hundred people came to the 41st Show in 2004, and some of our regulars are always lined up at the door waiting to get in well before the opening.”
There are many reasons for the widespread interest in antiques. “Antiques provide us with a connection to our past,” Mr. Stoving says. “Few could fail to be impressed by the beauty of the workmanship evident in so many of the items.”
Admission to the show and sale is $3.00, or $2.50 with a discount coupon available from many area merchants.
What is a Niddy Noddy? (Short video demonstration)