Rebecca Hare, of Palmyra, will join over 40 antique dealers for the 19th annual Canandaigua Classic Show and Sale on Feb. 11.
Hare has been involved in antiques most of her life. She learned the business by working in her mother’s antique business through the late 1970s. After a break, she got involved again in 1999. She developed Hare’s Ltd. in 2002, which she has been running since.
“You kind of get hooked, and don’t want to do anything else,” Hare said. “So, I stayed.”
Hare has several specialties, but focuses on English and continental porcelains, ceramics, glass, silver and eccentricities from the 18th century to the mid-19th century. She also concentrates on American goods of the late 18th through mid-19th centuries, including glass, schoolgirl samplers and small country formal furniture.
Antiques are not Hare’s only passion. She is an individual cat rescuer, living in an area where people throw away unwanted cats. She also does freelance writing and research.
“I have wrangled abandoned cats and ferals for over a decade now, single-handedly and without pay,” Hare said.
She said her favorite part of the antique business is “handling things made so long ago, and ‘feeling’ the hands that made these things when they were new.” Hare, a member of the Genesee Country Antique Dealers Association, enjoys the research aspect of the trade.
“I consider a strong grasp of history essential to the business,” Hare said. “One needs to tie in history, geology, political climate, trends and the science of the time in which objects were made in order to fully understand what an object is and why it was made as it was.”
She finds sharing the knowledge is worthwhile.
“Keep your eyes open,” Hare said when asked on how to shop an antique show. “Everyone has their own preferred approach. Some explore the entire show, then go back to examine those items that stood out the first time round. Others are spontaneous, seeing and buying immediately. Most are somewhere between these. I suggest keeping your eyes out for anything that appeals to you. You may find something that you never expected to see or even to like.”
Hare calls the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show a fast-paced show.
“There is a nice turnout of shoppers,” she said. “Some shoppers aren’t familiar with antiques. Curiosity brings them in. You never know who you’ll convert into an antiques lover, so the casual shoppers are a delight. I saw a lot of familiar faces at this show, as several of the dealers are acquaintances from other shows. There is an upbeat feeling to this show that, paired with the traffic, makes a good atmosphere for buyers and sellers.”
The 19th annual Canandaigua Classic Show and Sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 state Route 96, Farmington. The show is conducted in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua.
H. Price Prazar will provide verbal appraisals of antiques, books and collectibles for an extra fee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission costs $6; a $1 coupon is available online. The show features food and free parking.
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