|A SHORT HISTORY OF THE TRUCKEE BOOSTERS
BENEFIT ANTIQUES SHOW
In 1974, Walter Larsen, long-time promoter of antique shows throughout the Western States, began
promoting an annual summer antique show at Truckee High School benefitting programs of the
School’s Boosters Club. Over the years, the show grew is popularity as antique enthusiasts with
summer homes as well as local collectors faithfully patronized this event. “When Walter Larsen
called in 2007 and asked if I’d take over promotion of theTruckee Show,” says Carole Berry of Twin
Bridges Antique Productions, “I was deeply touched that this veteran promoter of forty plus years
wanted me to ‘carry the torch’. After all, I’d only promoted shows for twenty six years! When we
visited the show that July, I was very impressed with the quality and diversity of merchandise.
Approximately fifty booths are creatively woven into the layout of Truckee High School – utilizing
hallways, the cafeteria and gymnasium, literally every available space. With my experience, this sort
of layout wouldn’t normally be effective, yet as I browsed through the various rooms, nooks and
crannies, I discovered high end dealers of quality merchandise at every turn!” says Carole Berry.
Because of the long-standing reputation of this Show for strong support from shoppers, many dealers
travel from other states, including Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Nevada, Tennessee, Utah and
Washington to take part in the Truckee Show. They bring a wide variety of merchandise, including
turn-of-the-century oak and walnut furnishings, lighting fixtures, kitchen and country primitives,
Victorian colored and art glass, American art pottery, sterling silver and silverplate flatware and
holloware, estate and costume jewelry, watches, fine porcelains and china, toys and dolls, American
folk art, and ephemera (including prints, maps, and other paper collectibles.) Slot machines and
gambling related items are popular due to the proximity to Nevada casinos. “ I suspect a number of
dealers enjoy the added benefit of visiting said casinos while not at the Show!” says Carole.
Visits from celebrities are not uncommon, in years' past including patronage
by Leonard Nimoy, American actor and film director, best known for his role as Spock on Star Trek.
Veteran antiques dealer Lenore Fultz, of Trail’s End Antiques, Tennessee, had an amusing tale to tell
of Mr. Nimoy’s visit to the 2007 Show. Apparently he and his son were interested in a set of china in
the Fultz’ booth. Lenore reports that she didn’t realize who they were! As she didn’t take credit
cards, Mr. Nimoy had to borrow $100 from someone at the show to use as a deposit. He said he’d be
back in the morning to pick up the dishes. When morning came, he was there with cash in hand.
While Lenore’s husband, Ed was wrapping the dishes, she cautioned the Nimoys that they’d need to
be repacked for safe travel when they flew home. His son smiled and said that it wouldn’t be a
problem as they had their own private plane. Aware that Mr. Nimoy realized that she didn’t recognize
him, Lenore theorized that he assumed “folks from Tennessee don’t have TV’s! ”