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The 36th annual Million Dollar Antique Show begins Friday.(Photo: Photo provided)

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It was something he started doing as a kid, sifting through what other people had thrown away like a treasure hunter at his family's lake house in Pennsylvania.

One thing led to the next, Chip Hunt said, and he started "prowling around" flea markets with his parents, then later at auctions.

They'd come home with carloads of items, Hunt recalled, and quite a few duplicates. So they held their first antique show in the Town of Maine in 1972.

This week, Hunt, of Binghamton, is participating in his 36th Million Dollar Antique Show, hosted by the Binghamton Sertoma Club and a fundraiser for its Camp Sertoma.

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He started out with the show, which typically brings around 100 dealers and wall-to-wall crowds in the SUNY Broome Ice Center, as a dealer back when the first event was held.

Through the years, his role has changed. He was running the show for about 16 years, then took a step back to focus on raising his three sons with his wife and running the family business at 34 Chenango St., in Binghamton, now he plays an advisory part in the event, armed with a lifetime of appreciation for antiques and a flexibility that comes from the fickle nature of home decor trends.

"When you do shows every year you learn what you like and don’t like about how a show’s run," he said. "We’re always trying to take that knowledge and improve it."

A positive rapport

Back when he was starting out, in the 70s, 80s, even the early 90s, home decor trends tended toward restored and refinished woods like oak, chestnut and cherry and those items were top sellers at shows like Sertoma's.

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The 36th annual Million Dollar Antique Show begins Friday. (Photo: Photo provided)

Then the antiques market hit the internet. Vendors posted their collectibles on websites like eBay and Etsy, "exposing antiques to the masses," Hunt said, and less people ran their businesses at shows like the upcoming Million Dollar Antique Show, choosing instead, Hunt says, "to sit home in an easy chair and run their antique business online."

Nonetheless the show grew, and between 1995 and 2005, Hunt said the event, which was previously held at the Binghamton University Event Center, would annually draw 125-200 dealers.

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That's due in part, he believes, to the rapport the Binghamton Sertoma Club creates with its dealers.

"It's quite traumatic to have to pick up your home and bring it to the show, set it up, endure the weekend, pack it all back and go home," he said. "We try to make the show seamless from the time the dealer arrives."

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The 36th annual Million Dollar Antique Show begins Friday. (Photo: Photo provided)

Planning begins about six months before the dealers arrive on site, Hunt said, and contracts are emailed, texted or sent in the mail to the dealers. Loading assistants, who are volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club, help dealers set up their collectibles for the weekend, and they're all treated to live music, this year by jazz player Al Hamn, throughout the show's opening night.

"We try to make it a fun, relaxing evening for the dealers who've had a rough day," Hunt said.

Flipping the market

Even with its longstanding reputation, the show took a hit around 2008 when Hunt says people stopped looking at antiques as essential, but more of a luxury.

Prices declined and Hunt said organizers "right-sized" the show. They moved it to SUNY Broome, which he says is the perfect size venue to continue the show and gave the organizers the ability to return more funds to Camp Sertoma. 

What he's seen in the past few years, though, is a resurgent interest in antiques, taking on a completely different form.

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The 36th annual Million Dollar Antique Show begins Friday. (Photo: Photo provided)

"The nature of people's interest seems to have changed somewhat as have some of the more modern interests in what they like to decorate with," he said. "They're taking things from those (mid-century) time period and repurposing them. Take a dresser and turn it into a bench."

Television shows like HGTV's Flea Market Flip and ever-popular Antiques Roadshow, along with online communities like Pinterest and Etsy, capitalize on those interests. 

Today's antique show includes its own Binghamton version of Antiques Roadshow, with an appraiser on hand to take a look at local homeowners' collectibles and let them know just how valuable they are, because as Hunt says, "people are always curious."

They've also hosted workshops led by Vestal consignment store Refabulous Furnishings.

"Nowadays, people take antiques and repurpose them into functional but entirely different purposes from what they were intended," Hunt said. "You see it on Flea Market Flip, half the time they're taking something industrial and turning it into a home bar. That movement is what we see the younger generations following."

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    In a new venue, with a new focus and perhaps a younger generation of followers, the Million Dollar Antique Show continues to draw a crowd. Antiques are still something people "get hooked on," like Hunt did when he was a teenager driving from show to show living what he called "kind of a gypsy life."

    And for this show, the cause — funding improvements at Camp Sertoma in Kirkwood — is what's important to its organizers.

    "That's the mission that drives why we do what we do," Hunt said.

    In Stories to Share, reporter Katie Sullivan spends time with the Southern Tier's most fascinating people. She's looking for stories that will make you laugh, cry or be inspired. Know of someone who should be featured? Email her at ksullivan@pressconnects.com, and follow her on Twitter @ByKatieSullivan.

    If you go

    What: 36th annual Million Dollar Antique Show

    Where: SUNY Broome Ice Center, 901 Upper Front St., Binghamton

    When: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

    Cost: $10 Friday; $7 Saturday-Sunday.

    More information:binghamtonsertoma.org.

    Source : https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/connections/2018/04/18/binghamton-antique-show-benefits-camp-sertoma/519826002/

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