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Greg ThompsGenevinspects salt-and-pepper set Antique Collectible Market last Saturday Lake County Faigrounds. | CHRIS CASHMAN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

Greg Thompson of Geneva inspects a salt-and-pepper set at the Antique and Collectible Market last Saturday at the Lake County Faigrounds. | CHRIS CASHMAN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: March 14, 2014 3:45AM

Spring fever attracted Trish Faries of Oswego to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake on Saturday.

As temperatures climbed into the upper 30s, hundreds attended the year’s first Antique and Collectible Market.

“We’re going through withdrawal. This is like the first (antique show) over the winter,” Faries said.

The Antique and Collectible Market is held monthly at the fairgrounds. Bob Zurko of Zurko Promotions said the event attracts 175-200 vendors each month.

“The event has been at the fairgrounds for 37 years,” Zurko said. “We’ve been operating it the past 13 years.”

“It’s been a great show for me over the years,” said Pam Benson of Pam Benson Antiques and Fine Jewelry in Orland Park.

Benson was showing Amy Ortiz of Grayslake a solid-gold purse dating to around 1905.

“It’s just the age of elegance, absolutely beautiful,” said Benson, who has been coming to the Antique and Collectible Market at the fairgrounds – both old and new locations – for 23 years.

“If you bring good stuff to this show, good stuff sells,” said Benson. “I’ve sold hugely expensive items here, and I mean huge.”

How huge?

“A $50,000 ring,” Benson said. “People want quality, and they will pay for it. If you bring them quality, they will recognize it.

“I put my kid through college with this show,” she said.

One of the oldest items on display was an English pickle dish from the 1770s, offered for $95 by Greg Thompson of Geneva.

“Vintage is a bad word for me because it’s too new,” Thompson said. “I don’t think I have anything that’s later than 1900,”

Diane Richardson, who owns the Gold Hatpin in Oak Park, was sorting through jewelry chains at a booth operated by Bret Eulberg of Robert Haack Diamonds in Milwaukee.

“I’m a wholesaler and she’s looking for inventory because we have completely different clientele,” Eulberg said. “We buy a lot of antique estate jewelry and we deal with dealers like Diane.”

Chris and Dan McPherson of Kenosha were first-time vendors at the fairgrounds, selling old books and glassware, lamps, costume jewelry and vintage advertisements. “It’s trial by error,” Chris McPherson said.

Barbara Moorman of Round Lake Beach has been selling items at the fairgrounds the past 10 years. Her “cottage chic” inventory includes antique valentines and other knickknacks. “I have things that people decorate the house with,” she said.

Photographer Janice Fischer of Grayslake said she visits the fairgrounds show 6-8 times during the year. On Saturday, she was looking for picture frames. “I coordinate them with pictures of my clients,” she said.

Beth and Clint Pagel of South Bend, Ind., have been selling estate and costume jewelry at the fairgrounds for about 10 years. “This is our regular little spot here,” Beth said about their booth location near the front entrance.

A couple vendors, like William Morris of Chicago, were set up outside the entrance to the show. “I like to set up outside all year,” Morris said, noting that as many as 100 vendors will be outside during summer months.

He was selling old metal construction toys, including a steamroller from 1930 for $300.

Some of the items were in better shape than others. An antique toy excavator had a $50 price tag. “That one needs lots of help,” he said.

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