As the temperatures rise, the number of shopping venues for the antiques hobbyist increases. Here's more news about upcoming spring events:

Marin spring show

On April 13 and 14, check out the Marin Indoor Antique Market. At least 75 select vendors will participate in the 29th annual spring show.

Look for choice watches and clocks, coins, prints and posters, photographs, estate jewelry, sterling silver, slot machines, vintage fashion items and much more.

The fun will take place at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 13, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14. Admission: $6. Parking is free. Details: 415-383-2252, or www.goldengateshows.com.

Collectors of antique bottles will gather in Antioch on April 12 and 13 for the 47th annual Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society show and sale. (Patrick
Collectors of antique bottles will gather in Antioch on April 12 and 13 for the 47th annual Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society show and sale. (Patrick Tehan/Staff archives) ( Patrick Tehan )

Bottle show

The Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society's 47th annual show and sale happens April 12 and 13.

Veteran collectors head to this event in search of an elusive specimen and to hobnob with fellow gurus. For novices, it's a terrific opportunity to get an idea of the value of their finds because appraisals are free.

The two-day extravaganza is at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, Sunset Hall, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch. Hours: Noon-6 p.m. April 12 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13. Admission: $10, April 12. There is no fee April 13. Details: 925-373-6758.

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The Concord Antique Faire kicks off the season with its first show, slated for April 21. This outdoor market -- it began last year -- takes place the third Sunday of every month through Oct. 20.

About 45 to 60 vendors will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, plus craft items. Some of the birdhouses and potting benches really caught my eye. And attendees from the South Bay get to see quite a few dealers we don't see much of in our neighborhood.

The show will be held at Todos Santos Plaza, 2151 Salvio St. in downtown Concord. Admission and parking are free. Details: 925-787-0759, or www.concordantiquefaire.com.

Postcard show

During the "Golden Age of Postcards" (1905-1920), millions of postcards were mailed for seemingly every occasion, even April Fools' Day and Halloween. Most of these colorful and often highly embossed cards sold for a penny and cost an additional cent for postage.

On April 14, you've got a chance to view and buy these vintage pieces of ephemera (the fancy name for paper antiques) at the Santa Cruz Postcard Show and Sale. In an era of communicating via email and text messages, this show is a reminder of the way things used to be.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley. Admission is free. Details: 831-476-3262.

Entertaining news

Any of us who play host or hostess are always in search of entertaining tips. And who better to share some neat ideas than the folks at Filoli -- that stunning 654-acre property nestled into the pristine hills of Woodside.

On April 19, Hutton Wilkinson will present a program on the life and work of Tony Duquette, a legendary icon of style and manners who collaborated with many a hostess.

Among them was Lurline Roth, the incomparable mistress of the fabled Neo-Georgian manor and its gardens. You will hear of the wonderful receptions, balls and parties given by Roth, as well as enticing tidbits about Duquette's other clients, including the Duchess of Windsor and Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe).

This special presentation, followed by a book signing and reception, will start at 2 p.m. Cost: $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets by calling 650-364-8300, ext. 508, or going to at www.filoli.org.

Filoli is at 86 Cañada Road in Woodside. By the way, your fee includes same-day admission to the home and garden, gift shop and art exhibit. Parking is free.

Mark your calendar

I've already had tons of readers ask me when the next Goat Hill Vintage Fair will crop up. The popular bash set in the hills above Los Gatos happens May 18-19.

I attribute the success of this show -- just 2 years old -- to its pastoral setting, keen management team and marvelous, albeit funky, mix of objects up for grabs.

As the time of the sale draws near, I'll have more to say. In the interim, go to www.goathillfair.com for more information.

In the garden

It was inevitable. I had to venture into the backyard to see how my plants, jars, sundry outdoor statues and the like survived the winter season. In short order, I realized I needed a new container for a plant that's outgrown its current home, a replacement plant for a victim of one of those frosty nights, maybe a decorative sculpture to sit near a planter.

So I headed to my trusted -- and affordable -- go-to place: Paradise Art and Garden at 1490 Park Ave. in San Jose. This jampacked emporium, not far from the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, offers pots in every shape, color and size imaginable, plus fountains and statuary. I'm fond of the way these contemporary objects blend in with my vintage furnishings.

Explore for yourself, but call ahead for hours. Details: 408-885-1773, or www.paradiseartgarden.com.

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