August 22, 2006 > A fairly antique faire
A fairly antique faire
by Todd Griffin
When Niles held its first Antique Faire, 42 years ago, Bob Dylan topped the charts, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, the Vietnam War protests were still a year away, and a British band called the Beatles had just crossed the ocean. Memorabilia from that era may well be in evidence at this year's event in downtown Niles on August 27.
As in recent years, Niles Blvd will again be filled with over 100 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, and gift items. The faire is sponsored by the Niles Main Street Association, and is a fund-raiser for that organization, dedicated to economic development and historic preservation of downtown Niles.
TCV spoke with Judy Zlatnik, former President of the Main Street Association and 31-year Niles resident. This is her third year organizing the event. "It's a major thing I can do for downtown Niles. I do it for the community," she said. "For people who live in Niles, this is the biggest day of the year."
Zlatnik emphasized the scope of the event. "We have vendors coming from all over northern California, one from Reno, and we always have a few drive up from southern California and the valley. I have a few vendors who have been doing this for over 30 years." Prospective vendors can contact her at the number below. She is willing to book vendors right up to the night before the faire, as long as space is available.
There will also be a large number of food booths this year. "We're going to have great food," enthused Zlatnik. "We'll have linguica, tri-tip sandwiches, Mexican food, chicken BBQ, hot dogs, snow cones, orange mist, strawberry lemonade, and homemade root beer. Plus we've got four restaurants and a deli in Niles itself." For those weary of browsing the vendors, the Niles Silent Film Museum will be open and the Niles Canyon Railway will be running between Niles and Sunol. In addition, all downtown antique stores will be open.
Serious antique collectors and bargain hunters will be there at the crack of dawn, when the faire begins at 6:00 a.m. But most shoppers will plan to arrive later in the day. Zlatnik encourages making it a family outing. "Children can find a treasure," she suggested, "adults can find a gift. They can do their Christmas shopping for the rest of the year at the Niles Antique Faire."
42nd Annual Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market
Sunday, August 27
6 a.m. - 4 p.m.