Shops in Walnut Creek, San Jose and Soquel are great places to explore for vintage Valentines and related items.
Shops in Walnut Creek, San Jose and Soquel are great places to explore for vintage Valentines and related items. (Contributed)

I know that some of you, like me, collect valentines and related ephemera. Here are several spots you can check out in your search for new acquisitions.

There's Quail Country Antiques at 1581 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek. A few of the vendors here specialize in holiday collectibles. This collective is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 925-944-0930.

In San Jose, stop by the Antiques Colony at 1881 W. San Carlos St. Inside this 9,000-square-foot showroom, several vendors display paper collectibles. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 408-293-9844. Here on San Carlos Street's Antiques Row, you'll find more shops with other selections.

And in Soquel, visit Soquel Village Antiques at 4700 Soquel Drive. This bright, cheery collective with more than 30 dealers is housed in a former bank. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Phone: 831-476-4747.

Book events

Every year, Santa Clara County's Office of Education and Library District collaborate with the San Jose Public Library Foundation to present a community reading project.

The theme of the 2014 edition of Silicon Valley Reads is "Books and Technology: Friends or Foes?" so this year's edition should be a humdinger.

More than 100 events are planned, including an art exhibit, panel discussions, celebrity readings, poetry and essay contests, plus film and video screenings.

I'm delighted to be taking part. I'll present "Treasures in Your Bookshelf," a lecture on old books and how to care for them, at four locations:

  • 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main St.

  • 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

  • 1 p.m. March 1, Santa Teresa Branch Library, 290 International Circle, San Jose.

  • 7 p.m. March 18, Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St.

    All programs are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, go to www.siliconvalleyreads.org.

    On the road

    No matter how far I travel from San Jose, I wind up seeing readers. If you happen to be close by these two benefit sales, please drop in to shop and say hello.

    On Feb. 22-23, I will be in Auburn at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St. This sale helps the Placer County Library. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23. Admission: $6.

    And on March 8-9, I'll be in Dixon at a show to aid charities supported by Soroptimist International of Dixon. The show is at the Dixon May Fair fairgrounds, 655 S. First St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9. Admission: $6.

    For details, go to www.tbcashows.info. By the way, if you have pieces of stemware in need of repair, check in with the Miracle Glass folks, who are expected to be at both shows.

    A note of thanks

    I saw hundreds of readers -- some from as far away as Marin and Salinas -- at the 44th annual St. Christopher Ladies' Guild Antiques Show and Sale. My deep thanks for supporting this event, and for bringing in some wonderful objects to share at the appraisals table.

    Of all the folks I met at the show, one special lad of about 11 years old stands out. Bryce was accompanied by a very proud mom. He was respectful and intelligent, and dealers, customers and other attendees were mesmerized by his enthusiasm and eagerness to listen and learn.

    If there are other young collectors like Bryce, the future looks bright for the survival of our beloved hobby.

    Contact Steven Yvaska at steve.yvaska@sbcglobal.net.