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The Oct. 20 Pre-Treasure Market Warehouse Sale, which benefits the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, will feature such antiques and collectibles as vintage china, dolls and quilts.

The downtown Pleasanton Antiques and Collectibles Faire -- one of the season's last large outdoor shows for Northern California collectors -- takes place Oct. 14. Long a favorite of hobbyists, it's a great place to begin your holiday shopping.

Twice a year -- in May and October -- the streets of this charming Alameda County town turn into one huge outdoor antiques store. Vendors from around the state come with an amazing assortment of furniture, jewelry, paintings, china, books, silver, clocks, toys and more.

This go around, look for:

  • Fred Grandy, who specializes in what's termed "industrial chic" furniture. These modern and sleek-looking objects are all the rage with many of today's collectors. Look for Grandy in booths 59-62.

  • Stephen Brooks in booths 171-172 mixes in novelty items such as desirable slot machines, jukeboxes and pinball machines with the selection of goods he brings to these outings.

  • Not far away, visit Lisa Stiles and Kathy Holmes (booth 149), who always have a great array of vintage clothing. These women generously share their proceeds with animal welfare groups.

    I'll join in on the festivities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by giving courtesy evaluations of family keepsakes and recently found treasures. Look for me beneath a canopy near the information booth, at Main and Division streets. There is a three-item limit per person. Stamps, coins, guns, swords and tribal artifacts will not be appraised.

    This is a great opportunity for me to meet and greet many of my East Bay readers. I've already had word from several of you saying that you'll be in attendance, and I'm eager to spend a few moments visiting with you.

    To get to the show, take the Bernal Avenue exit off Interstate 680 and head toward downtown. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no fees for admission, parking or appraisals. More info can be had by calling 650-242-1294 or going to www.pleasantonantiquefaire.com.

    By the way, if you're looking for a spot to grab a bite to eat then head to Baci Bistro and Bar at 500 Main St. I really like their fresh beet salad ($11.95). Top off a meal with the peach pie tart ($6). Details: 925-600-0600.

    A major sale

    Several weeks ago, I gave readers a heads-up on a honey of a sale: the Pre-Treasure Market Warehouse Sale. I'm back today with the skinny on the Oct. 20 extravaganza.

    The warehouse is piled high with furniture, china and silver, jewelry, books, paintings and much more. This is a pre-sale occurring before the main event in 2014 in order to make room for ongoing donations.

    The warehouse is at 3585 Haven Ave., Suite C, in Menlo Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please be advised that only cash and checks will be accepted. For details, call 650-326-4533. All proceeds go to the acquisition fund of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.

    Postcards and more

    The Santa Cruz Post Card & Paper Collectibles Show will be held Sunday at the Hilton of Santa Cruz-Scotts Valley, 6001 La Madrona Drive, in Scotts Valley.

    The event, organized by longtime postcard guru Joseph Jaynes, begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. There is a $4 admission fee. For more details, call 831-476-3262.

    Coin show

    The Diablo Numismatic Society will host the 16th annual Contra Costa Coin and Collectibles Show on Oct. 13-14.

    More than 30 merchants are slated to be on hand to buy, sell and trade coins and paper money, medals, watches, jewelry and tokens. While at the show, you can get a free appraisal of similar items you own.

    Join in on the fun at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Admission is $3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. For details, call 925-351-7605 or go to www.diablocoinclub.org. A portion of the admission fees is donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties.

    Awesome antiques

    The most prestigious antiques show of the year -- the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show -- occurs Oct. 25-28. If you've never been to this over-the-top bash, treat yourself.

    In addition to the noted sellers who feature absolutely gorgeous merchandise, there's a dazzling display plus a group of instructional talks not to be missed.

    The "Sea Worthy" focus of this year's exhibition and the "Romance of the Sea" theme for the lecture series tie in nicely with the continuing America's Cup World Series and San Francisco's Fleet Week.

    And there's lots more.

    Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill will take part in the festivities with her program, "Celebrating Great Rooms: 300 Years of Changing Interiors." There will also be a panel discussion featuring interior designer Ann Getty on "Icons of San Francisco Architecture and Design."

    The events take place at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street in San Francisco. To learn times, costs and make reservations, call 415-989-9019, or go towww.sffas.org. Funds raised benefit Enterprise for High School Students.

    Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at steve.yvaska@sbcglobal.net or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.