Trash or Treasure: Long-running antique show this weekend in Bloomfield Hills

Khristi Zimmeth
Special to The Detroit News
Dede and Jim Taylor Antiques in Birmingham will be bringing a variety of vintage merchandise to the highly anticipated show.

The world of antiques may be ever-changing, but Metro Detroit is the lucky home to one of the country’s longest-running charitable antique shows, scheduled this weekend at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills.

Some 35 highly respected dealers travel from around the country to participate in the Annual Bloomfield Charity Antiques and Collectibles Show, now in its 56th year.  To date, the show has raised more than $625,000 for area charities. The show’s primary mission, says general show chairman Marilyn Nix, “has always been to support local charities and connect with our community. However after half a century, our little show has grown significantly in both size and reputation, and we are now very proud to be a major, not-to be-missed event on the local antiques show circuit.”  

Need a fix? Dealers from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin and Virginia will sell an extensive variety of pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including antique and estate jewelry, china, glassware, linens, pottery, furniture, vintage clothing and purses, porcelain, silver, quilts, cut glass, paintings, music boxes, art glass, ceramics, crystal, brass, copper, jade statues, bronzes, figurines, books and more. There will also be a silent auction and appraisals by DuMouchelles.

The dealers who have been participating the longest according to show organizers are metro Detroit’s own Dede and Jim Taylor, owners of Dede and Jim Taylor Antiques in Birmingham. We caught up with them recently to find out what they’ll be bringing and what they think about the show and the world of antiques.

How long have you been antique dealers?

We have been antique dealers for over 40 years and got involved with the Bloomfield antique show over 34 years ago. The Bloomfield antique show has always had an excellent reputation.

What do you specialize in?

We specialize in American and English antiques including silver, brass, copper, furniture and decorative accessories.

How has the business changed in the years you’ve been working with antiques?

There are not as many antique shows presently compared to years in the past. Antique collectors have become more sophisticated and educated.

What do you see as the No. 1  challenge for the business?

We need to continue to educate the public about antiques and bring more young collectors into the market. It is important for all of us to know more about history and our heritage. People need to realize that antiques can be mixed with any interior environment, whether it be modern or traditional.

Do you collect anything personally and if so, what?

We both have been collecting as long as we can remember and enjoy living daily with antiques. We collect the type of items that we sell. We are especially fond of tea caddies, samplers, posey holders and Staffordshire. It is always exciting to discover new items we have never seen before and learn new facts about the subject.

What do you like about the Bloomfield show?

The Bloomfield show is a one of a kind success story. The show is completely run by dedicated volunteers. There are hundreds of hours behind the scenes that goes into this antique show. It is important to note that all proceeds from the show go to Detroit area charities. Sharon Manthey for years has brilliantly served as dealer chairman. All the delicious food is prepared by the kitchen volunteers. Dealers feel a warm and inviting atmosphere with food and snacks at all times. People in the area are fortunate to have this show available to them for their enjoyment.

What do you wish more people knew about collecting and living with antiques?

More people need to know about this stellar antique show with a great mix of antique merchandise and dealers. The Bloomfield show is a great event to start collecting and finding a treasure. The antique" treasure hunt" is a very enjoyable and thrilling activity. To find that special object to accessorize your home can be very rewarding. Living with an antique or a part of history can make a room feel warmer and unique!

If you go: Hours are 10-6 Friday, Oct. 11, and 9 to 4 Saturday, Oct. 12, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 1100 Lone Pine Road (at Telegraph Road), in Bloomfield Hills.  Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, visit or call (248) 646-5886.

Upcoming appraisals: Interested in finding out about your treasure? We are currently scheduling appraisals for Oct. 25 in Troy. If you would like to be considered, please send an email with your item, how you acquired it, and your date preference to 

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