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Christmas Collecto-Rama...a Santa-Comes-to-the-South Holiday Antique Show
Winter weather elsewhere may be frightful, but in Florida it can be so delightful, especially when enjoying an antiques and collectibles show highlighting vintage Christmas décor and memorabilia! The “Christmas Collecto-Rama…A Santa-Comes-to-the-South Holiday Antique Show” is the Sunshine State’s ONLY show featuring dealers selling oodles of vintage holiday décor, Christmas postcards and other fun ephemera, vintage Christmas linens and tableware, old toys and games, and other retro Christmas fun, plus lectures and oldie holiday flicks, with a cash bar and retro tunes throughout the day to help keep everyone in a jolly mood. Fa la la la la! So start singing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…” It won’t do much good for we Floridians, but it’ll help put us in the holiday mood. Then again, who says you need snow when you have this vintage holiday show?!
● Exhibitors selling everything from vintage Christmas ornaments, décor and ephemera to old aluminum trees and candy containers, even electric light-up Yule logs, as well as vintage games and toys from Christmases of long ago! Look for old Santas, angels, elves and ornaments galore, as well as rare German glass ornaments (pre-1946), Heinrichsen early German led flats, Russian/Polish/West Germany ornaments, 1940s/50s bottle brush trees, Japanese and German gnomes and houses, candy containers, German and Japan snowbabies, Dresden and Victorian ornaments, old package decor and ephemera and much, much more!
● Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a lecture and slide presentation in the Hickman’s state-of-the-art 178-seat theater on “Collecting Christmas” by Cory Adams, a long-time collector and member of The Golden Glow of Christmas Past club. Mr. Adams has been an avid collector of vintage Christmas for over a decade. His personal collection consists of over two hundred figural glass ornaments dating before World War I, over five hundred Shiny Brite ornaments, many silver aluminum trees, plastic novelties and over fifty glass fair lights. His presentation during the Christmas Collecto-Rama will include the beginnings of Christmas collecting, which ornaments should YOU collect, and how to determine reproduction items that are sometimes mistaken for vintage.
● Another special feature will be a presentation on “Antique Mechanical Toys for Christmas” by Dr. Gary Moss, an avid collector-dealer of antique toys and mechanical banks for nearly 40 years. Dr. Moss also will be exhibiting and selling from his personal collection of toys. Dr. Gary L. Moss, OD, MBA was an associate professor at The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA for nearly 30 years before retiring to Florida. He has been an active antiques dealer-collector since 1974, currently exhibiting at over a dozen shows a year in PA, MA & FL. He is the former owner of Kenmore Cards, a sports memorabilia store 2 blocks from Fenway Park in Boston. His book, Hippie Artifacts, was published in 2003 by Schiffer Publishing. His 300 plus 1930-40’s vintage Hawaiian shirt collection was on exhibit in 2004 at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA for 6 months and is the subject of the book Hawaiian Shirts: Dress for Paradise.
● Two vintage Christmas flicks will be shown, “Santa Conquers the Martians” and the 1935 British version of “Scrooge” and a DJ will spin holiday tunes throughout the day!
10:00 – 5:00: Exhibitors selling vintage holiday décor and memorabilia, plus old games and toys of Christmases past
10:30: Screening of Santa Conquers the Martians
12:00: Collecting Christmas presentation
1:30: Antique Mechanical Toys for Christmas presentation
3:00: Screening of Scrooge
Admission: $5.00 all ages includes lectures and movie; FREE on-street parking.
More About Hickman Catherine A Theater of Gulfport
This state-of-the-art facility hosts a variety of events, including stage productions, film festivals, awards ceremonies, seminars and concerts. The 173-seat theater opened in 2000.