News-Antique.com - Jul 21,2010 - (West Palm beach, FL) The newly inaugurated Summer Shows of the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival got off to a rocking start with the July Show, on July 3-4. After not knowing what to expect Festival owners Kay and Bill Puchstein happily reported that attendance was the best since the March show and dealers were selling well. Kay rhetorically asked, “Who said a summer show in Florida wouldn't work?
The Puchsteins have announced a change to the popular Early Buyers admission program that should be received very well. For the August 7-8 Festival the Early Buyers admission will be reduced from $25 to $10 and it will be good for admission on both days of the Festival. Early Buyer admission times will change from 8:00-10:00AM on Saturday to 9:00-10:00AM. The remaining Summer Shows are scheduled for September 4-5 and October 2-3 featuring reduced booth rent. Some dealer space is still available for the Summer.
One of the dealer booths that has been a fixture at the West Palm Beach Festival for many years is that operated by Gladys and John Ezzo. The Ezzos have been in the same location for over twenty years and have seen the world come and go by their booth. Many years ago while on a trip to Florida from their home in Syracuse the Ezzos, who owned a retail furniture store, dropped into a Moderneage Furniture store and had new jobs before they left. Later they had the chance to buy an existing antiques business in Pompano Beach and have been antiques dealers since. After opening a much larger shop in Margate the Ezzos decided to close the shop and concentrate on shows.
The Ezzos specialize in higher end artifacts in the area of art glass with selections of Lalique, Galle and LeGras and from the 19th and 20th century. They also carry a variety of Tiffany bronze with a concentration of desk sets and dresser items. But the real eye opener in the booth is the sign that relates to silver plate. John offers a resilvering and silver plating service that is utilized by both dealers and retail customers who need to “freshen up” a silver item but he does not resilver mirrors. John says that stops the most customers initially since resilvering is a hard to find service. In addition to high end art glass the Ezzo booth displays a fine selection of jadeite and unusual kitchen artifacts and usefuls. Ezzo also serves as an authentication service for his many repeat customers who seek his advice about the authenticity of items they have or are interested in acquiring.
Summer Show hours will be 10:00AM – 5:00PM on Saturday and 10:00AM – 4:30PM on Sunday. Adult daily admission $7.00, seniors $6.00 with a 1$ discount coupon for adult admission available on the website. Anyone under 16 is admitted free. There is no charge for parking at the Fairgrounds.
The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is held at the Americraft Expo Center at the South