Hidden Treasures at the Lebanon Antique Show

Photography by Rebecca Hendrixson


The 68th Annual Lebanon Antique Show and Sale took place on January 16 and 17. It was held at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Under the Grandstand, which was indoors and heated! That was an important factor on this blustery, winter weekend.

Antique dealers from far and wide offered high-quality American and Continental furnishings, decorative arts, textiles, jewelry, primitives, folk art and fine art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Over 40 dealers set up beautiful displays of their finest wares.

Delicious “fair food” was available on site which meant you could stroll for hours, pick up some lunch, and go right back to strolling. Many local residents attended the show but this popular event also drew crowds from the Cincinnati, Dayton and Indianapolis areas.

At 1:00 p.m., both days, experienced antique dealer John Wanat, offered special pointers for shopping and seeking out antique treasures. Wanat, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been a general line antiques dealer since 1988. These days he specializes in Victorian era glassware, china and furniture. He is a current member of the Associated Antique Dealers of America, Inc., a national organization dedicated to preserving our heritage and promoting an appreciation of antiques.

The Lebanon Antique Show was enjoyed by more than 1,000 people over the two days. Dealers stated that sales were higher than last year and crowds were larger, which confirms the old adage that everything old is new again.