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Ribfest includes ribs and lots of antiques

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Ribfest attendees this weekend can pick up a piece of history while supporting Lincoln’s history. A variety of antiques, including vintage clothing, jewelry and collectibles, as well as antique books, will be sold this Saturday along Fifth Street. The Friends of the Lincoln Library will sell more than 35 boxes of antique books during Saturday’s Antique Faire, according to member Shirley Russell. Russell is also executive director of the Lincoln Area Archives-Museum. Many of those books are novels from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Russell said, and book sales proceeds will go to Friends of the Lincoln Library. Some of the antique books purchased this weekend could be resold. Russell said the library has priced the books for sale by researching “what they go for” online on websites specializing in antiques. “We picked the low to medium prices,” Russell said. “A number of people” also collect antique books. “It’s the nostalgia. People say, ‘Oh, I read this book back in 1970,’” Russell said. “I just think it’s fantastic that a book can last 50 to 120 years.” Russell and Lincoln Area Archives-Museum volunteer Kathy Freeman will have an antique booth together, with 10 percent of sales benefitting the museum. Freeman said more than 35 antique vendors will be at Saturday’s Ribfest and the fee each vendor pays to be a part of the antique faire will go to the Archives-Museum. Antique vendors will be headed to Lincoln from around the Sacramento area, according to Freeman, including Paradise, Colfax and El Dorado. A variety can be purchased, including furniture, glassware, jewelry and collectible items. One vendor takes vintage men’s clothing, such as tweed jackets, and makes items such as bags out of the clothing, according to Freeman. Another vendor makes items out of old doilies and pillowcases. “I just can’t wait to see it,” Freeman said, a former antique dealer in Roseville. “There’s just such a variety, anything you would find at an antique store.” Freeman said she enjoyed the historical aspect of being an antique dealer. “I enjoyed finding the items and the search for interesting stuff I knew people would want,” Freeman said. “I like thinking about the history and having stuff of my grandma’s that came from Sweden, having glassware of hers.” Having an antique fair to help support the Archives-Museum goes together well in Freeman’s opinion. “The museum has antiques,” Freeman said. “Having an open house like this brings more people in to see what we have and ask questions.” Children enjoy visiting the museum, too, according to Freeman. “There were kids that came in last year and were all very interested,” Freeman said. The children especially enjoyed a display that had “old tin toys” in the back of the museum, Freeman said, including a chicken that lays marbles instead of eggs. “If there are kids in there, I take a couple of those toys out and let them see what kids did for entertainment before television,” Freeman said. Friends of Lincoln Kids executive director Jeff Greenberg said he is “looking to have a great day” at the Ribfest. His organization sponsors the annual event. “I’m hoping for a nice big crowd,” Greenberg said. Greenberg said he always tries to include a “fundraiser within a fundraiser” at his events. “The Archives-Museum is definitely in need of funds,” Greenberg said, who listed another benefit to including the two other nonprofit organizations in his fundraiser. “It brings in a different group of people into our events.”