Thousands of collectors and lovers of old things are out for a unique week along Route 20 for the 42nd annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week. The festival is expected to draw nearly 50,000 antique lovers to the hamlet of Bouckville. It is the largest outdoor antique show in New York State and is the latest in a series of events this summer in Madison County.
Cassie Marquis made the 11 hour drive from Leitchfield, KY to sell various items at her stand, Neat Stuff.
"They have their own story, you know? And that's why everyone loves antiques because you can be creative with them in so many different ways," Marquis said. Cassie worked another festival in Chattanooga, TN and then spent one night at home before making the trip to Central New York.
"Nobody ever knows that they are looking for, whatever jumps out and gets them," she said as she meticulously moved and restacked a crate of old wooden soda cartons. For Cassie, antiquing is a passion, something she has been doing all her life.
"You know, you just get a passion for it and it gets in your blood," she said.
Besides the unique pieces she buys and sells during her travels, Marquis also enjoys the camaraderie with other vendors.
"You get to joke with people and carry on and act like a crazy person of course," she said with a chuckle. "There is a lot of good food here and you never know who you are going to meet, especially a crazy person like me in this business."
"I can't imagine doing anything else. I can't imagine working in a factory, I can't imagine working in a restaurant and I've worked in restaurants for many years and I just really enjoy this so much and seeing the different people." Marquis said.
Treasure hunters can head to Antique week as it continues through Sunday, August 18th. Admission is free to most fields and there is free parking available at the Madison County Visitors Center located on Rt. 20. A free shuttle will make a continuous loop from the Visitors Center to downtown Bouckville Thursday thru Sunday. For more information, visit www.madison-bouckville.com