Lions Club is selling memories

POULSBO — Less than a week after filling the Poulsbo Armory with smells of pancakes and sausages, the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is filling it again — this time with antiques from more than 25 Northwest dealers.

“We’ve got good quality antiques that are difficult to find in other places because these dealers primarily show their wares in shows,” said Chuck Weaver, chairman for this weekend’s event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Last year, the show was held at the Clearwater Casino for the first time because of difficulties securing the armory. However, those issues have been resolved and the event will return to its original location, Weaver said.

Each dealer represents a different niche in the antique world and each year the Lions try to bring in something to suit most everyone’s interests, he explained.

“One of our main attractions will be Nurse Nancy, who is known throughout the Northwest for her repair and refurbishment of dolls,” he said. “It’s not too often that you see $25,000 to $30,000 dolls.”

While Nurse Nancy may bring in the crowds, Weaver said much of the credit for the event’s success belongs to Poulsbo antique dealer B.J. Fletcher.

“She does all of the day-to-day work for the show and does a lot of the legwork as well,” he said. “Without her it be a lot more work and it probably wouldn’t go as smoothly.”

Unlike the pancake breakfast, which required the efforts of more than 30 Lions, the antique show requires only four or five to ensure it runs smoothly, he said.

The exhibit marks the end of a fund-raising blitz as the Lions sponsored White Cane Days and tackled Viking Fest as well.

“We’ve averaged about $2,000 from each show and we use it to support the wide variety of activities the Lions do,” he said.

The proceeds from the other fund raisers were already designated to go to specific charities, while the antique show proceeds will help the Lions continue their work throughout the summer.

In the past proceeds from the event, which is held twice a year on Memorial Day weekend and on Labor Day weekend, have helped sponsor representatives to the American Legion’s Boys and Girls State and with North Kitsap High School’s senior cruise, Weaver said.

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