If health and prosperity favor you, a time comes in your life when your home-décor situation has progressed beyond Castoff Eclectic, through Ikea Parts Missing and arrived at a point where you can now focus on a coherent aesthetic theme of choice. If you live in the Hudson Valley and lean stylistically toward rustic Americana, you’re in luck: The local antiques market should prove a fertile hunting ground.
Stalking furniture auctions, yard sales and antique shops can be a fun hobby, even addictive; but it’s also time-consuming. Maybe you simply want to cut to the chase and find those perfect missing items to furnish your home, so you can revel in your surroundings after a long day at work. Why not check out an event where thousands of lovely antiques are all gathered in one place for your examination and purchase?
The Rhinebeck-based company called Barn Star Productions organizes “Antiques at Rhinebeck” events the Dutchess County Fairgrounds each spring and fall, with one planned for this very weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, some 140 antiques dealers will be on hand at the sprawling fairgrounds displaying their wares. Barn Star’s Antiques at Rhinebeck showcases products like Americana, “High Country” and Mid-century Modern furniture and accessories, fine art, estate jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, Oriental rugs, garden decorations, marine accessories, books, toys, better collectibles such as doorstops, decorated stoneware and so on.
Admission costs $10 per person per day. Leave your pets at home, please. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds are located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue (Route 9) in Rhinebeck. For more info, visit http://barnstar.com or www.facebook.com/barnstarsantiquesatrhinebeck.