Hundreds of people stepped back in time at the 63rd annual Lewes Antiques Show & Sale July 7-8. Bethel United Methodist Church has been hosting the annual fundraiser since 1959.
This year, 17 vendors filled Bethel’s Fellowship Hall with collectables of all kinds. People perused jewelry, paintings, furniture, model trains and many more treasures dating back decades.
One of the oldest items for sale was a silver dome that had been cut in half to become wall hangings. Charlotte Whitenight of Curiosities Antiques in Baltimore said the item dates to 1830 and is an example of the Old Sheffield style of silver plating.
William Post of Jailhouse Art & Antiques in Milton had two paintings for sale marked “1879” on the back. “I’m told it’s the founder of a hospital in Talbot County, Md., and his wife,” Post said. He said they were done by an itinerant painter, an artist who traveled from town to town and often lived with their subjects while painting them.
Just across Fourth Street, the Bethel Curiosity Shop held an indoor-outdoor yard sale. None of the items there had price tags. It was all “pay as you choose.” Local artists also contributed to a silent auction.
Volunteers staffed the Bethel Deli in the corner of Fellowship Hall. They offered a lunch menu for hungry antiques shoppers.
Proceeds from the show benefit Bethel missions and ministries.
For more information, go to bethellewes.org.