Road Trip: Madison-Bouckville Antiques Show

This is my second year attending this show in upstate New York (midway between Syracuse and Utica). The show is always held the third weekend of August and this is their 35th year. It fills a big open field and spills over into the towns of Bouckville and Madison, with tents and booths lining the streets and filling every square inch of space. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes!

The bad news is that it rained. And I discovered that it’s very difficult to look at things while juggling umbrellas and bags and trying to avoid puddles and patches of mud. The rain seemed to keep the crowds down but it got very crowded in the tents.

But enough of this—you all want to know what goodies I found. Since this is an antiques show not a flea market, prices were sometimes very high and I had to pass over lots of lovely things that were just too expensive. Like that $350 1930s watchmakers box with lots of tiny drawers and a tray under the top lid. Sigh...so perfect for storing buttons. But I did find some bargains from sellers who were willing to deal—the bad weather helped in that regard.

I found lots of buttons (and don't you love the ones with the leaves)…


And a cute embroidered tea towel with a lovestruck kitty…

kitty in love

vintage fabric (this one’s my favorite)…

tiger lilies

And several stamped-for-embroidery linens that will make great projects for this coming winter. Like this cute hungry bear linen tea towel…

hungry bear

…and this beautiful tinted Vogart pillowtop of a girl with flowers

vintage embroidery

I also bought some things just for me. An antique laundry drying rack that will be a great display for embroidered towels. And a set of 1934 Oneida silverplate with service for nine and matching serving pieces that goes perfectly with my grandmothers china.

vintage silver

We stopped in the town of Cazenovia (cool artsy place with lots of small shops) for a late lunch. And then headed home. It poured buckets all the way—the kind of rain where you have to keep your wipers all the way on high. Yikes.

Next year's show is August 18th-19th—mark your calendars!

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