The Palmer Wirfs Antique & Collectible Show is this weekend at The Portland Expo Center. If you haven't been to one of their shows before I would highly recommend that you go and check it out! There are 1,350 booths of jewelry, clothing, linens, sewing, toys, ephemera, pottery, furniture, vintage posters, mid-century modern, deco...almost anything you can imagine or would want to collect!
The hours are 9-6 on Saturday March 4th and 10-5 on Sunday March 5th. It's always hard to know which day to go on. If you go on Saturday you get a better selection of items. But, Sunday is good because the dealers often have sales or are up for bargaining.
It's good to go to the show knowing what sort of items you are interested in looking for. Otherwise the show can be daunting and overwhelming to one's senses. When I go to the show I walk down each aisle scanning every booth as I pass by to see if there is anything of interest to me. It takes me about 2-3 hours to cover the entire show. Whereas my mom stops at every booth and it takes her all day to get through one or two of the buildings.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes. It is also a good idea to bring a notepad along to jot down notes about items that you saw and that you may want to come back for. A measuring tape is also handy for measuring furniture and to see if clothing will fit you (A lot of dealers will allow you to take clothing to the restroom to try on). And when you get tired and need a pick me up stop by the Wild Sweets Factory and pick up some delicous walnut fudge!
This post was originally published on March 2, 2006.