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Antique show has more than antiques to offer

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – The Thomasville Antique Show is in full swing Friday.

Organizers expect a big turnout for the three day event. Some of those people are coming not only for the rare items, but also for the chance to meet some big names in the design world.

The Annual Thomasville Antique Show is not just about the antiques, even if they are the stars of the event.

"I try to come every year," says Tallahassee native Carolyn Schriemer. "It's more intimate. And always the very best of what's represented. It's really a lovely show."

But the show also features an on site appraiser and guest lectures by big names in the design world.

"It's a great show. It's the best little show in the south," says antiques dealer Katherine Blair.

One of the lecturers has a special tie to Thomasville. He's Gil Schafer, a renowned architect living in New York City. But he grew up in Thomasville.

"Well, Thomasville for me is the beauty of this landscape here," explains Schafer. "But what stuck with me was the amazing architecture."

Schafer says it's the classic architecture of buildings like the ones at Pebble Hill Plantation that influence him the most.

"I'm giving a lecture on Saturday about Melrose Plantation, which is where I grew up and came as a kid. And how it influenced my work as an architect today."

But he and others involved with the Thomasville Antiques Show say the best part of event is supporting a great cause.

"The best thing about the show other than the beauty of the show itself, is that money made goes to children's organizations here in Thomas County," said former Thomasville Antique Show Chair Anne King. "And that makes it all worth while cause a lot of hard work, a lot of effort goes into this."

It's a classic win-win situation. Having fun shopping beautiful items, while supporting the community at the same time.

The Thomasville Antique Show also featured a lecture and book signing by the nationally syndicated P. Allen Smith, a gardening expert.

The show will extend through Sunday. If you'd like more information on the show, you can visit their website here.

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