Younger generations find love of antique collecting at local vendor show
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Saturday was the last of a busy weekend at the Cabin Fever Antique Show at the Lancaster Event center.
Visitors lined up outside the building for the final day for a more relaxed experience for antique enthusiasts to enjoy.
One of the promoters for the event, Boyd Navratil, said the show goes through a strict screening process to make sure that all items displayed are authentic.
Beyond the screening process, authenticators worked to make sure that the antiques were indeed considered to be a textbook definition of antique: an item of value over a century old.
“We try to get dealers with diversity in inventory because if you all have the same inventory, you are pigeon-holding yourself to one type of customer,” Navratil said.
He said the best way to get started in antique hunting was to show up to events like this.
“Come to the antique shows and talk to the dealers,” Navratil said. “Educate yourself through these dealers.”
For some, the love of antiques came from family tradition.
The other promoter of Cabin Fever, Becky Moock has been antique hunting with her siblings since she was a child.
“My folks were actually antique dealers,” she said.
“When I was little and they were stopping at antique shops on vacation they wanted us to have something to look for.”
Each of Moock’s siblings developed taste for a different kind of merchandise. For her, it was hat pins, perfume bottles and carnival glass.
She said it was nice to see the younger generation getting involved with the search.
“It’s great to see a full range of ages from younger kids, which we are excited to have coming to the antiques shows because we were afraid that the antique shows and antiques, in general, might die out,” Moock said.
Some items that have gained popularity in the past years like older Fischer Price toys, Gold Books and camera bodies
Moock said everyone has their own preferences on what to collect, but going with the familiar is the best place to start.
“If you go back to what you remember, I think that is a good guide,” she said.
This year’s show may have ended but there are other shows promoters say to look forward to in Omaha and parts of Iowa.