YW antiques sale and show marks 40 years

From staff reports

OIL CITY – The Oil City YWCA’s antiques sale and show will mark its 40th year this year. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the YW at 109 Central Ave. Tickets cost $2 in advance and $3 at the door. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the early years, the event featured dealers from the Midwest Pennsylvania Antiques Dealers Association and was held over two days. The event in 1977 showcased 25 dealers and required a $1 admission fee.

Bill Burton of Crooked Creek Shop in Hartstown showed off arrangements of dried flowers. Martha Reynolds was executive director of the YW that year and through 1984. Shows in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s also raffled off a quilt made by the YW’s quilting club.

In 1978, Burton again had a booth at the event. Mrs. Purvis Wimer was chairman of the ways and means and social committees. Mrs. Thomas Stiles was cochair of the ways and means committee, and Mrs. John Flynn was co-chair of the social committee.

The third annual sale and show was held in 1979. That year, Gerry Moyer was chairman of the Midwestern Pennsylvania Antiques dealers Association. In 1983, the show featured 26 antiques dealers. Katherine Heber was the ways and means committee chair and Gayle Winger was the cochair.

The antiques event in 1984 featured 25 dealers from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Arlene Rusnica and Katherine Heber were members of the ways and means committee in 1984.