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Posted on Sun, Jan 8, 2012 : 9:48 a.m.

Saline Area Historical Society readies for its 25th annual Antique Show at a new location

By Lisa Allmendinger

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A scene from last year's Saline Area Historical Society antique show.

Courtesy photo by Bob Lane | For

When the Saline Area Historical Society holds its annual antique show later this month, there will be more space for vendors and visitors alike, thanks to a new location.

The Jan. 21 show will take place at Liberty School at 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., where the farmers’ market also is held from 9 a.m.-noon. In the past, the show has been held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

“There’s more room, it’s warmer and there will be larger booth space. We think it will be a good venue for us,” said Dean Greb, president of the historical society.

“Plus, we’re hoping to gain some synergy from the farmers’ market,” he said.

The antique show runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3 and parking is free.

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One of the about 30 vendors' booths at the annual antique show, which this year will be held at Liberty School.

Courtesy photo by Bob Lane | For

This is the historical society's biggest fundraiser of the year and profits from the 25th annual show will be used to support the museum and society events throughout the year, Greb said.

Some of the profits are also used to support a variety of exhibits at the Rentschler Farm Museum and the Saline Rail Depot Museum, both of which are maintained by the historical society.

A wide variety of quality antiques will be for sale, such as American furniture, folk art, postcards, quilts, tableware, kitchenware, pottery, linens, books and jewelry, said Linda Greb, co-chairman of the show.

Janet Swoop, cochairman of the show, said because of the larger space, there will be more furniture dealers and new this year will be vintage clothing.

“There will be jewelry, books for adults and children, pottery, tools, duck decoys, linens and the historical society will have a booth,” she said. Plus, there will be some Victorian stuff and primitives.

“There will be an all-around good variety,” she said, and Saline Girl Scout Troop 648 will sell lunch as it has in the past, Swope said.

“Come for the antiques, support the society. It’s a nice get-away in the middle of winter,” Linda Greb said.

Lisa Allmendinger is the regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.

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Shoppers browse the booths at the Saline Area Historical Society Antique Show.

Courtesy photo by Bob Lane | For



Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 11:29 a.m.

I've never been to the show but how can the school have more room than the fairgrounds. Unless they were limited to one building at the fairgrounds.