The Pleasanton Antiques and Collectibles Faire has been called an "antique lover's dream." It is a phrase I can relate to, since I've unearthed my share of treasures at this well-attended extravaganza that takes place twice a year, in May and October.
On May 26, this charming Alameda County town will morph into one giant antiques shop. Vendors come from far and near to display a vast array of merchandise on the side streets and main thoroughfare of the downtown area.
In my mind, this show kicks off the start of the summer antiques season. As such, expect a fresh array of goods on parade that dealers have been waiting to exhibit. You will spot furniture in a variety of styles, jewelry and watches, ephemera, kitchen collectibles, paintings, posters and prints, vintage holiday decorations, books, toys, silver, clocks and period fashion items.
The fair officially begins at 8 a.m., but the wisest shoppers arrive much earlier, some clutching a cup of coffee freshly brewed at one of the nearby cafes.
I'll be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide informal evaluations of family keepsakes or newly acquired finds. Look for me under a canopy near the information booth at the corner of Main and Division streets. Limit three items per person. Fine jewelry, military objects, coins and stamps will not be evaluated.
Patrons of this show will be exuberant to know that the folks from the Lockeford Meat & Sausage Co. in the Central Valley will dish up their tempting sausage sandwiches. Countless readers tell me they make a point of being at any event where those tasty links are served.
The show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no fees for admission, parking or appraisals. For more information, call 650-242-1294.
The French Cellar in Los Gatos -- a favorite haunt for aficionados of wine-related accessories -- is having a "spring cleaning sale." It's a first for the store in its 15 years doing business in this cheery enclave.
Every time I'm at the French Cellar, I feel as if I've been magically transported to a Parisian antiques shop. Here, you will be surrounded by museum-quality antique accessories -- some date back to the 18th century. There are tables, desks, chairs, cabinets and armoires, plus an amazing fully restored zinc bar. You'll also see wine casks, vintage posters, oil paintings, chromolithographs, etchings as well as assorted wine glasses, decanters and tableware.
The sale will run through August. The emporium is at 32 E. Main St., Los Gatos. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Details: 408-354-0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com.
Past Tyme Pleasures, an East Bay auction gallery with a showroom in Dublin, will hold the first of its twice yearly dispersals on June 1.
Owners Steve and Donna Howard have a stellar group of advertising pieces, including signs, calendars, pocket mirrors, posters and the like that once promoted sodas, beer, tobacco, general stores, automobiles, hunting and more.
Interested parties can view any of the 429 items going across the block by making an appointment. Bids may be made via phone, fax, mail, email or online. Details: 925-484-6442, or www.pasttyme1.com.
China collectors confer
The Haviland Collectors International Foundation will convene in Burlingame from June 13-16 for its 24th annual conference. This is a superb opportunity for devotees of this delicate French porcelain to mingle with experts, see exhibits and attend lectures.
While many of the events are for members only, several are open to the public from noon-3 p.m. June 16. You can also use this chance to have your pattern of china identified.
The fun will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 150 Anza Blvd., Burlingame. To get details, including news regarding membership, see www.havilandcollectors.com.
Dates to remember
Contact Steven Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.