By Larry Blustein
It has become one of the most attended events held in Hallandale Beach, and each year when the PAL Antique Shows are held - twice a year - vendors and buyers alike flock to the city in record numbers.
The two-day event was held last weekend at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, and once again, space was at a premium as some of the top antique dealers from the region came to sell and take in the 10th anniversary of this fundraiser that simply has it all.
"This was another great show," said Ken Moseley, who has been responsible for these impressive events through the years. "Each year, I have to believe it gets better - with more vendors and quality items that many look forward to purchasing."
Moseley spends much of the summer, promoting and preparing for the PAL event that has now become one of the signature fundraisers this quality organization runs two times a year. Volunteers work extremely hard to make this a success.
One of those who has been vital to the PAL Antique Show is board member Barbara Southwick. This year, she had so many items donated that would bring money to the event - and to a PAL program that has been recognized nationally for how it is run and maintained.
Southwick joined over 38 vendors who had plenty of things that were sold during the weekend.
"This year, my dentist donated several items," Southwick pointed out. "We also had paintings and other quality items that were on sale. This is a weekend that gets better every year."
While many vendors came from outside the area, locals such as Claire Poole-Stern was in her usual spot, selling and making money for her popular Treats For Soldiers, which she has been doing for nearly a decade. Poole-Stern sends packages to our servicemen and women around the world. She funds that endeavor by events such as the PAL Antique Show.
"The crowds were big once again this year," she said. "There were some new vendors this year who had a following, which added to the flow of traffic."
For shoppers like Carole Mason of Hollywood, this event was a chance to buy some jewelry and other knick-knacks that she loves collecting. Attending several antique shows as well as yard sales and flea markets, finding those tough items are made easier by the number of different vendors who come to a show like this.
While she missed the show on Saturday to head to Boca Raton to take in a flea market, she had three bags filled with collectibles on Sunday, and she was pleased.
"I have been coming here for five years now and always find something," Mason explained. "I like shows like this because you always come away with items that you cannot find anywhere else."
In addition to Southwick selling for the PAL and Poole-Stern, who was raising money for here Treats For Soldiers, others who were in the Main Room included June and Danny Vargas, Pete Fisher, Bella Goldstein (Estates By Bella), Linda Baer (The Vintage Princess), Fay Longo (Hollywood Antiques and Collectible Club), Javier Garcia, Anyas Garcia, Ron Kennedy, John Bachmaier, Phyllis Goldberg (Jewelry By Phyllis), Fran and Barbara Brown (Frank's Antiques), Mary Lerubino (Linens and Other Things), Phyllis Weintraub (Weintraub Antiques), Robert Solomon, Dianne Weinstein (Sadie's Shopping Bag), Rover and Celia Johnson (C.J. Enterprises), Pam Smith (Hollywood Collectibles Club) and Angela Gagne (Attic Fanatic).
Those who attended and sold in the front room and other rooms included Francee Boches, Ali Ghadimi, Jerry Friel (Jerry's Treasures), Marilyn Curtis (Marilyn Curtis Antiques), Barry and Susan Gross, Holly Latch (A Hint of Vintage), Shirley Sininger, Bill Bruce, Penny Dolnick (Penny Bank Antiques), Sonia Schwartz, Janet Makus and Maria Bedeaux, Jean Marks, Catherine Dupont, Helena Glick and Veronica Fuchs.
If you missed this show, the PAL will be hosting another on February 21-22, 2015. If you would like to be a vendor - or just want information, call 954-296-0156.