The 18th annual Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale will return from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 state Route 96, Farmington.
Over 40 antique dealers will display their goods. The show started in 2000 on Main Street in Canandaigua through the Ontario County Arts Council; it is now conducted in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua.
H. Price Prazar, of Pittsford, will provide verbal appraisals of antiques, books and collectibles for $6 per item from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books cost $6 for two.
Printed numbers for the appraisals will be put out early in the day. Participants will pick up a number, browse the show and return for an appraisal. Seating will be provided. A portion of every appraisal fee supports the show.
Prazar, a lifelong Rochester resident, has offered antique appraisals since 1984. He has taught German, economics and French in the Rochester City School District for nearly 30 years after an education in Germany and Ohio State University. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird Graduate School in Arizona and has taught German as an adjunct faculty at local area colleges.
He has been in the antique business since 1972, selling at shows and shops. His silver and pewter knowledge has gained recognition among collectors in the field. His first purchase was a 19th century cowbell.
“I thought old things were neat,” Prazar said.
He cannot buy items he has valued at the show for ethical reasons, but he always spends time shopping at the show each February.
He currently teaches classes in antiques and collectibles at the Pittsford Recreation Department, which are a continuation of classes started by his mentor, the late antiques expert Ed Cornwell. Prazar has participated in appraisal events at Cloverwood Senior Living Community and WXXI.
“Price is so knowledgable and interesting,” said Judith Brovitz, of Pittsford, who often attends the February show and has taken classes with Prazar. “I especially enjoyed the in depth information on this historical background and what the item tells us about the time period, and this for something I had brought to class without any forewarning.”
Items that Prazar calls “old school antiques” — 19th century Staffordshire, Lusterware and furniture — have a limited market today.
“Twentieth century items seem to be doing better,” Prazar said, citing an example of 20th century dinnerware made in California.
The value of an item depends on its age, rareness, condition, attractiveness and how widely collected it is. If something is too large to bring to the show, Prazar can look at a photograph. He offers on-site appraisal services for large estates at an hourly rate; he does not give appraisals over the phone.
To contact Prazar, call 585-586-2108.
Proceeds from the show provide scholarships for college-bound high school students in Ontario County and a first-year Finger Lakes Community College student seeking a career in education. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit groups in Ontario County for programming that supports the arts, culture and learning. Past recipients include the 2016 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Bristol Valley Playhouse, Honeoye Public Library and the Cheshire Grange restoration project. Applications are available online.
Admission costs $6. A $1 coupon is available online. Food is available for purchase throughout the day, and parking is free.
For information, call 585-396-9473 or visit bit.ly/2kBiS7p.