John Allen was on a mission Saturday morning to find Christmas presents at Roseburg’s Antiques and Collectibles Sale.
He pulled a cube-size container, small enough to fit into the palm of his hand, from the front pocket of his shirt and held it up.
“I am looking for these. My daughter collects them,” the Myrtle Creek resident said as he visited booths in the Conference Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
He described the item as a “salts,” a container he said people decades ago and even in the 19th Century used to hold salt.
“Years ago people thought it was impolite to take too much salt when you were at someone’s house,” he said. “When salt got cheaper, people went to the salt shaker.”
Allen was also looking for a tiny spoon used to sprinkle the salt on food. He found a lady’s pin with a spoon on it he thought would work, but he would have to cut off the pin part. He decided he would look around at the rest of the booths before making a decision.
Allen said he likes to go to the show to find gifts for others as well as himself. Saturday’s find included a small pocketknife he estimated was from the 1930s or ’40s.
“You can find some pretty cool stuff here,” he said. “It’s stuff you can’t find in stores.”
Joy Zeller-Johnson of Roseburg has organized the event twice a year for 24 years.
The show began as a fundraiser for the art program at Douglas High School in Winston. Zeller-Johnson, the art teacher, wanted to find a way to raise money for scholarships and student activities.
She retired in 1994 after 29 years of teaching, but continues to host the sales on the last full weekend in March and the first full weekend in October. The beneficiary of this weekend’s sale will be the Blue Ribbon Beef 4-H Club of Oakland.
“It’s a worthwhile event,” Zeller-Johnson said. “It does great things for kids.”
Zeller-Johnson’s former student, Doris Adams-Clark, has been involved with the sale since the beginning, mostly collecting admission.
“It gives the young people an opportunity to earn funds for activities and do work for themselves,” Adams-Clark said.
The 4-H members are responsible for helping with setup and offering tea and coffee for sale to those roaming the Conference Hall.
Callista Dake, 9, of Umpqua is one youth who will benefit from the fundraiser. On Saturday, she manned the table where 4-H members sold peacock feathers for 50 cents.
“The money we get will go to the club account,” Callista said. “It’s really nice they are doing this (fundraiser), and it’s really cool stuff.”
Thirty-four dealers from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Nevada displayed some of their best antique pieces that were enjoyed by both those looking to purchase items and others who enjoy admiring pieces of history.
Matt Hall of Roseburg brought old comic books, magazines and other items he and his dad, Emerson Hall, have collected over the years. Some of the publications date back to the 1880s. Others are from the World War I era, including The Red Cross Magazine and The Independent, both from 1918.
Matt Hall said he enjoys sale events like Saturday’s because it gives him a chance to sell some of his items and purchase new ones.
“It’s more of a hobby,” he said. “It’s just fun.”
Those who missed Saturday’s sale can catch it from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Admission is $3.
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It gives the young people an opportunity to earn funds for activities and do work for themselves.