The first week of the new year presents an opportunity to browse through decorative items, art, antiques and collectibles from years — or centuries — gone by.
The Santa Monica Antiques Show, featuring keepsakes, collectibles and decorative arts from the 18th to 20th centuries, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 5th to 7th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. General admission is $7 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for children less than 12 years old.
The show is organized by Bustamante Enterprises, a promoter that organizes antique shows and antiquarian book fairs in Santa Monica, Pasadena and Santa Clara throughout the year, and has organized shows in the western United States for over 30 years.
Approximately 65 dealers are expected to exhibit at the show. Most are from California, with a few coming from other states, including Montana and Arizona. In addition to the Los Angeles area, dealers from San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Brisbane, Sacramento and Fresno are expected. Bustamante organizes about 14 shows per year at various west coast locations and has been organizing shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for about 25 years, according to Yvonne Bustamante, daughter of antiques show promoter Elias Bustamante.
Elias Bustamante, a United States Air Force veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, began to deal in antiques once he returned to the United States from England in 1950. He was eventually stationed in Atwater, California, where he stayed after retiring from the military in 1968, and has been dealing antiques full time ever since.
For the first few years, Bustamante Enterprises organized its shows at the Hollywood Palladium, then shifted over to the Westside.
Yvonne Bustamante, who books the antique dealers for the shows, says that dealers of interest at the upcoming show include Pamela of Malibu, run by Pamela Borchert, specializing in antique sterling silver and tortoise shell items; Collier Antiques of Dillon Beach, California, run by Herbeth Collier, specializing in Americana and folk art; and EW Gallery of San Diego, specializing in Japanese tansus (trunks) and porcelains and decorative items from throughout Asia.
Admitting that the market for antiques on the West Coast is both more difficult and sometimes more pricey than on the East Coast, Bustamante says she seeks to book an eclectic range of antiques exhibitors at each show, that can provide “something for everyone and everyone’s pocket book.” Information, (310) 458-8561.