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Old 09-16-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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It says: "Metro DC's largest antique event! Millions of decorative collectibles" It's here again this weekend 9/18-9/19.

Has anyone gone? Does it lean toward crummy junk? expensive antiques? or what, I'm not sure whether to commit prime time to go this weekend.

Any comments, opinions, experiences would be appreciated...
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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It's not much crummy junk. It runs the gamut from fine antiques and fine jewelry to retro/vintage/collectible pieces (both furniture/decor and clothing/accessories), with some garden and crafty things thrown in here and there. I've been many times and helped work booths there as well. Wear very comfy shoes -- concrete floors and it can take the best part of the day to cover both buildings (if it's in both buildings this time).

Prices vary widely. I've seen nice, solid wood glass front colonial revival mahoghany secretaries in the $600-$700 range, retro Mad-Men style ceramic ashtrays for $5, $60K double-wide all original french birds-eye maple & mahoghany linen presses, $50 garden statues, etc.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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It says: "Metro DC's largest antique event! Millions of decorative collectibles" It's here again this weekend 9/18-9/19.

Has anyone gone? Does it lean toward crummy junk? expensive antiques? or what, I'm not sure whether to commit prime time to go this weekend.

Any comments, opinions, experiences would be appreciated...
I haven't been in years, but the last time I went (2003) it was fantastic, in some ways like going through a museum since they had so many unusual things. Back then a lot of the items were pricey (but some weren't that bad). I have no idea if it's still as good, since that was before the recession.

They hold the Big Flea in the winter, too, so if you're debating between this and an outdoor activity I'd enjoy the gorgeous weather while we have it.

The Capital Home Show is also coming up at the Expo Center. I think it's next weekend. If you're new here, that's a good way to compare contractors and get ideas. You can usually find coupons, so don't pay full price to get in.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Thanks Weezy & Caladium, I think I'm sold. Betcha I'll find some cool stuff!

Thanks again!
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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I thought this weekend was the gun show at the Dulles expo center??
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:35 PM
 
Location: KJYO
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I thought this weekend was the gun show at the Dulles expo center??
Both events are going on that weekend there.
Gun show is $12.00 for adults
$6.00 ages 12-17

Flea Market
$10.00 for everyone and good for both days
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