Bay Area collectors, take note: March is going to be a very busy month.
For starters, there's the San Jose Super Toy, Comic and Collectible Show happening today and Sunday. This show has long been popular with hobbyists from near and far -- and this year it's two days, not just one.
This is the place to hunt for dolls and teddy bears, nifty board games based on TV shows, Barbie and G.I. Joe, robots, "Star Wars" collectibles, Godzilla and goodies such as records, movie posters and the like.
Today, you get to meet Veronica and Angela Cartwright. The talented sisters have been in scores of beloved films and TV shows. I best remember Veronica Cartwright in Alfred Hitchcock's scary "The Birds" and Angela Cartwright portraying Penny in the 1960s TV classic "Lost in Space."
On Sunday, you can meet actors Walter Jones and Richard Kiel. Jones acted as the original Black Ranger on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." Kiel is best known for his role as Jaws in two James Bond flicks.
The fun occurs at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Early bird hours are 9-11 a.m. Saturday; $15. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday; adults $6, ages 12 and younger $3; 408-298-1709, www.timetunneltoys.com.
While at the fairgrounds, stop by the Junior League of San Jose's "greatest garage sale on earth," held in the Expo Hall. Arrive early for the best selection. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; free; 408-264-3058, www.jlsj.org.
If you're aching to find out the value of an inherited treasure or a flea market find, head to the Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek on Sunday.
An Alameda-based crew from Michaan's Auctions will be on hand from noon to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for up to 3 items, and $5 for each additional verbal evaluation.
This is a great opportunity to consult with experts about stamps, coins, sports memorabilia, paintings, Asian art and jewelry.
The money raised will benefit educational programs. The 14th annual fundraiser takes place at the gardens, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek; 925-947-1678.
If your weekend travels take you toward Sacramento, drop by the 12th annual Dixon May Fair Antiques Show and Sale, going on today and Sunday.
About 40 exhibitors will take part, offering all kinds of antiques and collectibles. Proceeds assist Soroptimist International of Dixon. (The Friends of the Dixon Library also is holding a sale of books, where bargains lurk.)
On both days, I'll be available at the fair to take a peek at your family heirlooms or newly discovered treasures. A $5 donation is requested for each object seen.
To reach the fair -- held at the Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 S. First St. -- take Interstate 80 to Highway 113 south. Follow the posted signs to the center of town. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; $5; 530-241-4063, 707-678-5529.
Quail Country Antiques in Walnut Creek is holding its annual spring open house. If you're visiting Heather Farm, consider making a stop at this cheery collective to take advantage of a 15 percent discount on things marked $25 or more and not already on sale. If you can't visit this weekend, the open house will continue through March 17; 1581 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek; 925-944-0930, www.quailcountryantiques.com.
A new show
Beginning March 17, an antiques show will be held at the Cow Palace in Daly City on the third Sunday of every month. The new event -- Bay Area Vintage, Antiques and Collectibles Fair -- is produced by veteran show promoter Jerry Goldman.
More than 200 exhibitors will be at the inaugural show. Expect a variety of merchandise, including home decor and repurposed items in every price range.
I hope to see readers at the premiere show. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., I'll offer free verbal evaluations of family heirlooms or estate sale discoveries. Limit three items per person.
If you don't catch Richard Kiel at the San Jose Toy Show, meet the 7-foot-2-inch actor at the Cow Palace. Kiel, a guest on classic hit TV shows such as "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Twilight Zone" will be in the concourse area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the event, early admission (7-9 a.m.) costs $10; regular admission (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) costs $5; parking is free. The Cow Palace is at 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City; 650-242-1294, www.bayareaantiquefair.com.
Contact Steven Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.