Typically hosted in October, this fall’s edition of the Antique Fair at Tuolumne Memorial Hall will be outside and a few weekends earlier.
Dates are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26.
The antique fair will be outside in the park in Tuolumne, as the weather is supposed to be nice and organizers are point to the safety factor of hosting the event outside as opposed to indoors. They will be practicing safe distancing and also have mask mandates.
The Memorial Hall Antique Fair is produced by two sisters, Kristen Kestly and Jennifer Agnes under the business name, Vintage Chix. They put together two shows a year, one in mid-March and one usually in mid-October.
Except this year, since it needs to be outside they moved it forward to get better weather. The two-day Antique Fair is held at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall located in the center of Tuolumne, approximately eight miles east of Sonora. The Antique Fair held outside in the park is much larger event, with more vendors, and more variety. This is the twelfth year and the Vintage Chix duo said they strive to make each fair better than the last one.
The Antique Fair is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. The Veteran’s Memorial Hall is a large depression-era building surrounded by a lovely shaded park and lots of parking. The building host activities all year long.
Part of the success of this Antique Fair, said the organizers, is the quality of merchandise offered by vendors. The focus is on antique and vintage for the Antique Fair: they are only approving vendors who have truly vintage and antique wares, or artisan-crafted items made of true vintage bits. It can be fun, funky old stuff, shabby chic, primitives, rustic, or finer antiques.