Chappaqua Daily Voice Article – Vendors, Visitors Flock to Chappaqua Antiques Fair

Vendors, Visitors Flock to Chappaqua Antiques Fair
by Suzanne Samin (November 3, 2013)
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Mike and Mary Lynn at the Chappaqua Antiques Fair. Photo credit: Suzanne Samin, Chappaqua Daily Voice
Mike and Mary Lynn at the Chappaqua Antiques Fair. Photo credit: Suzanne Samin, Chappaqua Daily Voice

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Old things from all over Westchester County are finding new life this weekend at the 45th annual Chappaqua Antiques Fair.

The fair, which takes place at Westorchard Elementary School, began Saturday and also runs on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is presented by the New Castle Historical Society, which invites dealers from across the Northeast to participate.

More than 40 vendors are displaying their antiques and own designs for sale, ranging from clothes to furniture to books, rugs and more.

“This is one of the biggest volunteer shows in New York,” said Dealer Chair Buffy Haas of Chappaqua. “We’ve got a lot of different vendors, so, it’s an eclectic show, but not necessarily very high end.”

Several Westchester vendors show at this fair, many of whom have made antique collecting a small business.

Dianne Arnold of Chappaqua owns The Barn at Sundial Farm in Ossining. Arnold repurposed old barns at the farm to sell her antiques, which she collects as a hobby.

“I try to look for unique pieces that no one else has, and I travel far and wide for them,” she said.

Mike and Mary Lynn McRee of Bedford sell antique and new Oriental rugs through their business, the Caravan Connection.

“We often visit people’s home and help them coordinate carpets with their interior design,” Mary Lynn said.

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Antique Rugs Added!

Check out these new antique rugs that we’ve just added to our Online Store and Antique & Semi-Antique Rug Gallery.

These rugs are one-of-a-kind and have stood the test of time. All completely handwoven, they come in both floral and geometric designs and have been woven in vegetal dyes or a mixture of vegetal and chemical dyes.

Here is a sample of what you’ll find when you visit our Shop Page or the Rug Gallery:

52265 - Persian Serapi


52250 - Sino Nichols (Red)

End of Summer Special!

New handmade rugs from India and China!

Perfect for indoor use, and durable enough for outdoor use. UV treated to prevent excessive fading and water protected.

Design: Twill
Design: Twill

See more designs in our Rug Outlet! Please inquire about available sizes and designs.

Design: Idle Hour; Color: Glacier
Design: Idle Hour; Color: Glacier

New Special! The Sari Silk Flatweave Collection

Currently in our Rug Outlet: The Sari Silk Flatweave Collection


These beautiful handmade flatweaves are made from recycled, vintage Indian sari silk. Available in a variety of colors. Each rug is unique, and therefore may differ slightly from the picture.

Sizes range from 3’x5’ to 9’x12’.

Visit our Rug Outlet for ordering information.



Buying Oriental Carpets
      by Ashley Mastronardi (@Fox5Ash)


Oriental rugs are decadent, long lasting, and exotic. According to experts Mike McRee, of Caravan Connection, Inc., and Lee Drexler many factors can decrease their value.

So what things do you need to look out for?

Drexler says make sure you are dealing with the real thing by flipping the rug over. Machine-made rugs, which are not oriental, have perfect stitches.

Another red flag is the use of an aniline dye or marker repairs. You can check for these by rubbing the surface of the carpet with a wet paper towel. Generally, the dye will come off.

Drexler recalls a case in which a woman paid $200,000 for two oriental rugs, but was only able to get $20,000 when she tried to auction them off because the rugs were so badly repaired and painted with felt-tip markers.

McRee says repairs can decrease the value of an oriental rug if they are not done responsibly. A reputable dealer should tell you if he or she knows things about a carpet, such as if it has been painted and if the carpet has had repairs. But Drexler says that doesn’t always happen, especially at tag sales and auctions.

Drexler says other red flags are if the fringe of the rug is cut off or if the rug is faded, worn down or stained.

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