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Collectors reclaim memories at Antique Row

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Michaela Bulkley
Staff Writer

Fourteen antique stores and more than 100 vendors showcased and sold their valuable antiques and collectibles Saturday at the Antique Row Collectors Street Faire in Downtown Pomona.

Antique Row holds the Street Faire on the last Saturday of every other month to bring vendors and treasure hunters to this hub of collectibles to find nostalgia in items and people alike.

“I see people I haven’t seen in a few months, it’s walking around and seeing all the treasures and nostalgia,” Upland resident Sharon Kelly said.

Kelly is a frequent visitor to Antique Row.

“Sometimes you’ll see that old lunch box you used to have is now worth $100, or old CDs you use to listen to,” she said.

While the object of the Street Faire is to sell and buy antiques, collectibles and sports memorabilia, a majority of those that attend go to the event as a social outing to meet up with old friends.

“Today wasn’t as busy because of the heat, but it’s always fun to come out here and see people you haven’t seen in a while,” said Susan Holderbaum, San Bernardino resident and vendor.

Holderbaum sells items at Persnickity Antiquity, one of the stores in Antique Row.

Her greatest selling items Saturday were classic Disney pins.

“I saw a woman I haven’t seen in 25 years,” she said.

“Our kids used to play T-ball together, it was amazing she recognized me.”

Persnickity Antiquity specializes in VHS, sports memorabilia and vintage and modern dolls.

Despite the heat, some vendors had success, such as an authentic autographed Michael Jackson poster that sold for $500.

Lauri Sanders, a long-time vendor at the fair, said her biggest success of the day was selling vintage TV Guides.

Her booth included vintage lunchboxes, magazines and dolls.

On other days, many vendors also sell their items in the stores in Antique Row.

There are currently 14 antique stores on Antique Row, which is on the 100 and 200 block of east Second Street.

Many antique store owners have been long-time shopkeepers in Antique Row.

Downtown Pomona is one of California’s largest and most popular location for antiques and collectibles.

Antique Row has been a large tourist attraction in Downtown Pomona for the last 30 years.

Three blocks are filled at every event with booths from antique vendors and shop owners.

Popular items at the fair were clothes, purses, books, toys and jewelry.

A majority of the antique furniture stayed inside the stores.

The next Antique Row Collectors Street Faire is May 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public.

“You never know what people are going to collect,” Sanders said.

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