Antique lovers, not athletes, roamed the floor of the gym at Holy Family School on Saturday and Sunday.

The gym was the site of Holy Family’s second annual antique show and sale, a fund-raiser for the school and church, said organizer Whitney Miller.

About 40 vendors set up their vintage wares in the gym and antique buffs browsed and bought, all for a good cause.

Something for everyone might be the best way to describe the variety of merchandise. There was crockery and primitive furniture, lacy dresses and quilts, old tools and old postcards.

The diversity of artifacts for sale was nowhere more evident than in the booth of Quentin Callahan, a vendor who operates Tunnel Hill Antiques in Ashland. On one table Callahan had delicate glass bottles; on another an array of handcuffs, nightsticks and other implements of the lawman’s trade.

“It’s a great little show,” said Callahan, who has been attending such events for 37 years. The variety and price range meant that discerning collectors could find top-shelf pieces while those with limited pocketbooks didn’t have to go home empty-handed.

“There are some great buys here,” he said. “The quality is excellent.”

The number of vendors was up this year from the 30 that participated in the inaugural show, said Miller. Vendors from Michigan, Cincinnati, Maysville and Missouri joined local merchants. There also were two appraisers who provided value estimates for $2 per item.

Holy Family hopes to repeat the show yearly, Miller said. Benefit shows she has attended in other areas convinced her that it would make a good fund-raiser for the church and school.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at or (606) 326-2652.

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