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PRESS PHOTO BY BATHSHEBA MONK Antiques such as this tin toy acrobat, bedside lantern, Art Deco pewter decorative creamer set, silver plate candelabra and spatterware pitcher are the types of items to look for at the 14th annual PRESS PHOTO BY BATHSHEBA MONK Antiques such as this tin toy acrobat, bedside lantern, Art Deco pewter decorative creamer set, silver plate candelabra and spatterware pitcher are the types of items to look for at the 14th annual "Heart of the Valley" antiques show, March 1, 2, Charles A Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

'Heart of the Valley': one-stop antiquing

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is celebrating the 14th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, the "Heart of the Valley" antiques show, March 1, 2, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

There will be 25 dealers selling their wares, including early Americana and Victorian, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 1 and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 2.

It's like spending a weekend antiquing without having to get in your car and drive all over the countryside.

The Ice House space is part of the pleasure of the event.

"When you pair what these dealers bring to exhibit with the architectural elements of the structure, you have quite a fabulous looking space in which to browse and buy," says Anne Bedics, show manager.

Bedics, owner-operator of The Cat Lady Antiques, 1550 Mill Road, Bangor, says buying antiques is one of the hip new green activities. She calls it "up cycling." Plus, it's a good investment, she says.

Antiques are one of the few purchases that increase in value. More young people are getting into antique hunting, not just for the fun of finding that surprise-but-perfect item, but for the mystique that objects with a history bring to their lives.

Returning to the event are Ayscough Antiques, Distant Past Antiques, Ivy Hill Primitives, Old Country Antiques, Blue Dog Antiques, The Cat Lady Antiques, RFD Antiques, Anderson-Breish Antiques, Michelle Corbet Antiques, Ricky L. Bauder Antiques, Sandbrook Antiques, The Old Wood Shed and As Good as Old.

New to the show this year are Old Croak Antiques of Swarthmore, Delaware County, and Carol Alfred Antiques of Saylorsburg, Monroe County.

A list of exhibitors is on the WDIY website.

Of course, since WDIY is the beneficiary of the fundraiser, there will be music.

A public address system will broadcast the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles, big band, jazz and other music to get you in tune with the festivities.

Food will be provided by Back Door Bakeshop, 92 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, which will be selling soups, sandwiches and snacks.

Information: wdiy.org, 610-588-6961, or 610-694-8100, ext. 4