LOCAL

Antique Days draws from all over

Robert Blackford/Editor
Antique vendors had a good crop of customers on Saturday, during Aledo's annual Antique Days.

Antique Days went off without a hitch Saturday in Aledo. "I couldn't have been happier," said Pam Myers, Aledo Main Street program director. "We had a southwest wind about 15 miles per hour. I'm happy all the marketing we did paid off."

Myers added, "The home owners were happy (Tour of Homes). People attending the Tour of Homes were appreciative. We had over 100 people go through, which was our goal. All the bake sales and food vendors were happy and want to come back. The businesses did really well.

The tour of the city's murals went well. Between 25 and 30 people attended the tour. "We may bump the time up on it next year. I heard so many good comments about the tractor and small engine show. Ronn Dillavou did a good job. All of our chairs did a great job. It was a great boost from last year.

Local antique dealer Cliff Anderson said, "It's been a pretty good day. I've done pretty well. Most of my sales have been to other dealers, but a sale is a sale."

Anderson added, "I've sold a lot of glassware, but really a little bit of everything."

Car Show

Steve Peterson took a break from his job at Apollo Elementary School to bring two cars to the car show. Peterson was hoping to sell the two cars, a replica of a 1929 Mercedes Gazelle which was build in 2001 and a 1964 Ford Thunderbird.

Peterson said that his wife liked to drive the Mercedes but this was the first time they have had it out this year.

Peterson has three motorcycles, a motor home, two trucks and two Corvettes at home still.

"The Thunderbird has 64,000 original miles on it. It was bought new at Henderson Ford. Bud Henderson drove it for a while. It's been in the family for a long time."

Nick Seefeld, a member of the Knuckle Busters Car Club that put on the show, estimated that there were 150 cars at the show. That is about twice as many as last year. Seefeld noted that if they double the amount of cars next year they won't know where to put them.

Antiques

Several antique dealers were strung out over the courthouse lawn. Included amongst them were Tony Maldonado of Orion. Maldonado owns Quality Restorations, which specializes in restoring and repairing antique furniture, especially trunks. "I got this one from a friend who bought it at an auction. It was metal covered. I restored it, stained and finished it and cleaned it up. I lined the inside with quilt batting -- "Amazing Grace" material with angels. Maldonado said the trunk dates back to the 1870s.

"This was their luggage. All of the belongings were here. This is what they traveled with whether on a ship or traveling cross country."

Maldonado pointed to another chest. "This one is a Jenny Lind. Jenny Lind was a traveling opera singer that worked for Barnum and Bailey.

"I spent 34-40 hours on each trunk."

Its not Maldonado's first time coming to Antique days. He has been here three to four times.

Maldonado said he used to go to malls. "There used to be antique shows in malls every week. You would travel to different towns for the shows. It was interesting. I've been in the business for 23 years. It's been a blessing. I asked God to do something with me in a positive way.

Rope making

Jim Holmes of Aledo was busy teaching the lost art of rope making. Holmes said he has been volunteering with the Historical Society for the past three years showing people how to make rope. Holmes said they do the demonstration for the fifth graders in the county every year and a couple of other times during the course of the year.

"Dave Friedan owns the machine," said Holmes.