When I lived in upstate New York, summer was the chief, I dare say only, season to go antiquing. It was a brief stretch of time tucked in between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends.

But here in the golden state, we are blessed with much better weather. Our pursuit of vintage prizes never seems to ebb. So, what's on the docket?

Well, on Sunday, there's the 49th annual Antiques Faire and Flea Market in the Niles district of Fremont. It's something I mentioned in my Aug. 10 column. For details, call 510-742-9868, or see www.niles.org.

If, however, your travels take you to wine country in Sonoma County on Sunday, check out the semiannual show going on in picturesque Healdsburg.

The event -- now sponsored by the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society -- takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the charming, tree-shaded Healdsburg Plaza. Approximately 90 vendors set up there, offering a huge assortment of merchandise.

While in town, stop by the museum at 221 Matheson St. There you can catch the recently extended exhibition, "The Movie Stars Next Door: Fred MacMurray, June Haver and the MacMurray Ranch." Healdsburg, as it turns out, was a second home for the accomplished actors.

The show is on until Oct. 27. It's open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Specifics: 707-431-3325 or www.healdsburg museum.org.

Shopping alert

An East Bay reader told me about a shop I think you'll like -- Henley's Antiques and Estate Sale Store at 3486 Clayton Road in Concord.

Proprietors Bob and Lois Henley describe themselves as "suckers for anything old." And their cheery emporium -- brimful with goodies of all sorts -- is evidence of the couple's enthusiasm for antiques and collectibles.

Happily for shoppers, inventory changes rather quickly. And these conscientious owners are always on the prowl for replacement stock.

Currently, there is a nice amount of early kitchenalia, including stoves. I especially liked one colored powder blue that would augment my collection of blue and white crockery quite well.

And male readers will be glad to know this shop has an abundance of "mantiques" -- gas cans, beer signs, tools, old toy cars and trucks.

To find out store hours, ring up 925-689-2012.

Postcards galore

The Santa Cruz Post Card and Paper Collectibles Show will occur Sept. 8 in Scotts Valley.

Some folks think of postcards as an early version of tweeting. I love the analogy, since most cards carried brief messages.

Besides postcards, there will be other old ephemera on sale, including stereo cards, photographs, books, trade cards, advertising brochures, magazines and books.

The show takes place at the Hilton, at 6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley. Just take the Mt. Hermon exit off Highway 17. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Details: 831-476-3262.

An intimate show

The 2nd annual Antique and Collectibles Show, sponsored by St. Peter's Catholic Church in Pacifica, happens Sept. 14 to 15.

There'll be about 20 sellers on hand. Many take double booths in order to have enough room to display all the tempting wares.

Some folks who head to this coastal city for the show take in a meal afterward. There are lots of choices, but try Nick's, 100 Rockaway Beach Ave., for a to-die-for crab sandwich.

Join in on the fun at St. Peter's Church, 700 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Admission and parking are free. Details: 650-359-6910, or www.stpeter antiqueshow.com.

Summer reading

Need a book to take on a weekend jaunt or to relax with poolside? Then consider "Souvenir Nation" by William L. Bird Jr. (Princeton, $24.95).

I truly relished this newly released, 176-page hardback because it suggests the types of objects we collectors might return home with from a vacation.

The tome actually pictures keepsakes stowed away at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Just a couple of weeks ago, an exhibit based on these quirky relics opened at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. You can view it there until August 2014.

Like me, however, you'll most likely see these amazing artifacts -- a fragment of Plymouth Rock, a sweet children's Wedgwood creamer that belonged to President Grover Cleveland's tots, as well as a mini statuette of Lady Liberty -- from a comfortable chair. America never looked so good.

Contact Steven Yvaska at steve.yvaska@sbcglobal.net or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.