August is a busy month for Bay Area antique hobbyists. Here's the skinny on several events destined to draw crowds.
Two Marin markets
In Marin County there are two big shows coming up. The outdoor French Market happensSunday. A week later, it's time for the Indoor Market. You'll find lots of treasures, including jewelry, china, glass, silver, art works and vintage clothing.
Sunday's sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show next weekend takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19.
Both shows are held at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Admission and parking are free. Details: 415-383-2252, or www.goldengateshows.com.
Toys and more
Nostalgia of a very different kind will be on view at the San Jose Super Toy, Comic and Collectible Show on Aug. 18.
At this anxiously awaited festival, 200-plus vendors will sell vintage and modern toys, vinyl records and comic books. Attendees will also find robots, Beatles memorabilia, Batman items and much more.
Show organizers -- the folks from Time Tunnel Toys at 532 S. Bascom Ave. in San Jose -- always round up celebs from some of television's most beloved series to liven things up.
Fans of the 1970s hit "The Incredible Hulk" can meet Lou Ferrigno. Also on hand at the annual
The fun happens at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $15 for early shoppers (9-11 a.m.), $6 for adults later and $3 for children under 12. Specifics: 408-298-1709, or www.timetunnelnews.blogspot.com.
Annual Niles event
The 48th annual Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market is taking place Aug. 26. Showgoers will find nearly 200 merchants displaying a huge variety of merchandise on Niles Boulevard. In between inspecting the dealer exhibits, make sure you check out the goodies in the antiques shops that line the streets of Niles, a part of the city of Fremont. I like Niles Antiques and Collectibles (37759 Niles Blvd.) and My Friends and I (37521 Niles Blvd.) for the variety of wares in every price range.
Many collectors go to this show to inspect what's being sold at myriad yard sales all over town. A couple of years ago, a pal found two dozen never-used wine glasses for a buck.
Look for your own treasures at the Niles Antique Fair, easily accessible from either Interstate 880 or 680. Hours: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and so is the parking. Details: 510-742-9868, or www.niles.org.
Experience the past
An amazing chapter of our state history will be brought back to life at the 2012 Vaquero Heritage Days Aug. 24-26. The event is also a fundraiser to benefit the St. Francis retreat on the historic Rancho San Justo in San Juan Bautista.
Vaqueros -- America's first cowboys -- tended large herds of livestock on mission lands from 1797 into the 1800s. The early Spanish and Mexican settlers were well-known for their matchless horsemanship skills, riata roping and making of traditional gear.
Visitors will have the chance to see a variety of horse demonstrations by notable vaquero-style experts Richard Caldwell and Bruce Sandifer. Weekend activities also include music, food, exhibits and a sale of handcrafted goods.
The picturesque mission pueblo of San Juan Bautista is about 75 minutes south of San Jose. Hours: 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Cost: $45 for concert on Aug. 24. Advance tickets must be purchased online. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5. Details: 831-623-1128, or www.vaqueroheritagedays.com.
Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.