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Antiques Shows in Ann Arbor

Sat, 09/08/2007 - 10:02am by amy

I don't think we should assume a connection between the Art Fair Antique Show on North U and the one that began at the Farmer's Market on Sundays, but quickly got too big (and caused neighbors of the market to complain about the lack of parking) and moved to the Saline Farm Council Grounds, where it became a phenomenon. The Farmers' Market-cum- Saline show was begun by Margaret Brusher, who had got her start as the impresario of the Good Samaritans' Antique Show, an annual nonprofit event, staged by Catholic women to fund Catholic Social Services and other charities. The Good Sams show was a fancy event with ritzy dealers from New York, Florida and California, which set up in the ballroom of a hotel on the south end of Ann Arbor.

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(In 1974, I was hired to sleep overnight in the room with the millions of bucks worth of glass and other baubles. I swear, I didn't touch anything; everything was intact in the morning.) But I didn't see Margaret Brusher in 1974; she was no longer involved with the Good Sams' show after the first one or two, having discovered her own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, glistening and gleaming beneath the Farmers' Market sheds.

P. S. Come to think of it, wasn't that North U antiques tent a Nick Easton project?

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