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Collectors purchase vintage treasures at Faire

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Erum Jaffrey
Assistant Editor

A plethora of all things vintage and historical were for sale at the Antique Row Collectors Street Faire in downtown Pomona.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, vendors, collectors and shoppers bought and sold antiques and collectibles dating back to the early 1800s.

“I’ve been selling antiques for over 40 years,” Diamond Bar resident Cornita Allen said.

Allen was selling a variety of globally-made porcelain and clay antique masks formed in the faces of Cleopatra and various animals, as well as classic masquerade-style masks.

“These two (Venetian) masks were made in Italy and given to me by my aunt,” she said.

Other private sellers took a more specific approach with their antiques, targeting certain buyers and sellers.

“We’re starting to see a lot more younger people coming here so we’re trying to move toward (selling) popular culture items from the ‘80s and ‘90s,” Jeanette Aragon, owner of Vintage Pop and Vice, said.

Aragon’s collection included posters of Marilyn Monroe, beta cassette porn, CDs, and old Disney merchandise.

Many items sold were from peak moments in our world’s history, such as the end of WWII and the Roaring Twenties, to the early 1950s and ‘60s.

“This brass chandelier was given to me by my neighbors when they were moving out,” Liz Valenzuela, owner of As Time Goes By Boutique, said.

“Their house was built in the 1920s.”

“I’ve been collecting ever since I was a little girl and originally had a fascination with old furniture,” she said. “It’s almost like a form of therapy.”

Jim Benson, a resident of Garden Grove, specializes in selling antique coins and money from around the world. His collection consisted of five cent U.S. buffalo coins, silver dollars and old currency from countries such as Bosnia, Yugoslavia and Indonesia.

He was also selling hats from German soldiers in WWII and U.S. swat team helmets.

“I know a gentleman who collects European war uniforms and he gave me some of his hats,” Benson said.

All ages were welcome to the faire, and many families attended, passing on generations of antiques.

Stephanie Selznick, owner of Vintage Succulents, took a different approach with her mix of vintage and modern pots and plants.

“I’ve always been a gardener and started replacing my backyard with succulents, which are water saving plants, and I’ve been interested in vintage pieces so I kind of put those two together and created Vintage Succulents,” she said.

“I find vintage pieces and repurpose them in a one of a kind way to create succulent gardens,” Selznick said.

Selznick’s collection included succulents placed in repurposed swing spouts from the 1920s, which were originally used to put oil in cars.

Many vendors have been buying and selling antiques for years. Pomona’s Antique Row gives them an opportunity to advertise their private businesses and make a profit, while letting them do something they love.

“I think people like collecting history, that’s what it really is,” Aragon said.

Pomona’s Antique Row Collectors Street Faire takes place on the last Saturday of every third month, with the exception of summer.

The next one takes place Nov. 29.

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