One of the most important and widely attended events for collectors in Northern California is coming up April 26-28: the Hillsborough Antiques Show & Sale.
You'll find 506 booths filled with high-end silver, china, jewelry, furniture, glass, Asian artifacts, posters, carpets, paintings and clocks.
In a nutshell, this is a top-flight exhibit for people who appreciate all things resplendent.
Experience it for yourself at the San Mateo Event Center, Expo Hall, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 27 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28. Cost: $10 general, $8 for those 65 and older. Parking: $10. Details: 650-773-4824, www.hillsboroughantiqueshow.com.
Toys and more
Faithful readers have told me that the Walnut Creek Vintage Toy Show, which is set for April 28, is a nifty event offering fair prices and a great variety.
Fans search for robots, model kits, cap guns, comic books, trains, Hot Wheels cars, Pez dispensers, dolls and action figures. The scope of the show has recently widened, so other collectibles such as pottery, glass and ephemera will also be on parade.
Join in on the fun at the Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Drive. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $5 general, $1 for kids younger than 12. Details: 510-886-3125, www.toyshowhaywardca.com.
Anyone with a penchant for jewelry, beads and the world of lapidary should plan a visit to the 58th annual Santa Clara Valley Gem and Mineral Society's Show. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday.
With 50 dealers present, you'll see lots of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, but be sure to look at the stunning sculptures and the delicate lamp shades. Take in the informative exhibits, too.
The show is held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6 general, children younger than 12 get in free. Details: www.scvgms.org.
Stamps and coins
Legions of collectors from far and near will be at the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Show on Saturday and Sunday.
This is another great place to get an education. As a lad, I was lucky to inherit my father's zeal for acquiring stamps. In retrospect, it's how I learned about far-off lands, sundry currencies and the history of the world.
Make your own discoveries at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6. Details: 415-601-8661.
Vintages, one of the remaining antiques shops in Los Gatos, celebrates its 10th anniversary with an open house Saturday and Sunday.
Attendees can expect refreshments, sales and prizes. What I like most about this emporium, however, is the astonishing education provided by enthusiastic owners Bob and Susan Bortfeld.
Check out Vintages at 130C N. Santa Cruz Ave. Open house: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Details: 408-399-9090, www.vintageantiques.com.
A spring fling
The Morgan Hill Flower Lovers Club, founded in 1925, has its annual Flower Show and Plant Sale on April 27-28. Visitors flock to this event to ogle the showy, prize-winning blossoms and later relax with a cup of freshly brewed tea. Don't miss inspecting the White Elephant Sale tables for deals. Last year, I found a 1950s-era plaid thermos in fine shape for $10.
On April 28, I'll be on hand from 1-4 p.m. for informal evaluations of your flea market discoveries and coveted family treasures. The first appraisal is free, but each additional one runs $10, with a maximum of three objects per person. Funds raised help promote club activities.
I hope to meet you at the Morgan Hill Cultural Center, 1700 Monterey Road. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Admission: free. For details, call Lynne Bonino at 408-683-2883.
If you can't make it to Morgan Hill, come see me Sunday at the new monthly Bay Area Vintage, Antiques and Collectibles Fair at the Cow Palace. I'll be on board from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. offering free, informal evaluations of your antiques and collectibles.
Details: 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. Cost: $10 early admission (7-9 a.m.), $5 afterward (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Parking is free. Details: 650-242-1294, www.bayareaantiquefair.com.
Doulton in May
The Northern California Doulton Collectors Club will gather May 4 in Lafayette for its regularly scheduled meeting and highly anticipated yearly sale. Since the public is invited to attend, this is a great opportunity for nonmembers to check out the group, learn about these famed English wares and make new friends.
I'll be there to deliver a program titled "The Six Factors That Determine the Value of Antiques and Collectibles." It will be a pleasure to see some of my readers in the East Bay.
The meeting will be held at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, Davies Room, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with lecture at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. For details regarding availability of lunch and the time of the sale, call 916-258-3066.
Contact Steven Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.