Vendors and guests from all over Southeast will soon be coming to Aiken.


Every year, over 1,000 people are drawn to the Aiken Center for the Arts' Antiques in the Heart of Aiken event.


“People travel (at least) three hours for the show,” Elizabeth Williamson, center executive director, said.


From Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, more than showcasing items will occur.


Tickets to each event are recommended to be bought in advance. All proceeds will go to the Aiken Center for the Arts.


All events will occur at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens Street, S.W.


For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.


Show & Sale

Over 20 vendors will display their antiques at the Show & Sale from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. These vendors come from Virginia to Texas.


“The wide variety of items include English, American and French furniture, silver and old plate, fine porcelains, Black Forest, sporting art, antique garden statuary, books, rare prints, oil paintings, estate jewelry and much more,” according to Lisa Castles, who oversees the event's dealers. The two shops from Aiken are Oriental Rug Specialists and Castle's business York Cottage Antiques. People will be able to bring in items to be engraved by T.S. Buchanan, master hand engraver, according to Jean Schwalbert, show co-chair.


“What people really enjoy about this show is just talking to these dealers,” Schwalbert said. “They are just a wealth of information.”


The Show & Sale will run from Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tickets are $10 and are good for each show day,


Preview Party

A chance to preview the antiques will take place during the Cocktails & Collectors event on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saxophonist Hyland Brooks will play as people meet and greet with the dealers, Castles said.


Refreshments of specialty cocktails, wine and appetizers will be served.


Local shops La Dolce and La Bonbonnière will provide desserts, while local resident Carston Woodhouse will supply gourmet espresso.


Tickets are $50 for center members, $60 for non-center members and includes admission to the Show & Sale.


Presentations

Two presentations will occur during the antique show.


Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith of CIRCA Interiors & Antiques will present and sign their “The Welcoming Home: The Art of Living Graciously” book on Jan. 31 at 9 a.m.


“In this book, Schwab and Smith present beautifully arranged interiors in which the trademarks of their style – subtle color palettes, graceful furniture, an emphasis on comfort and entertaining – harmonize to create fresh yet timeless spaces,” according to a release.


CIRCA is located in North Carolina and Alabama.


Karin Jeffcoat of Aiken's Côte Designs will combine antiques with “bits of nature” in her Designed by Nature, Showcased by Antiques presentation on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m.


“Jeffcoat is partial to a nicely posed branch, a dried flaking pod and the vast greenery growing in the backyard, as she is to the costly buds and blooms soaking their stems in florists' buckets,” as stated in a release. “Likewise, she's found that the most unique vases, cache pots and bowls to display these treasures from nature are in the top cupboard or on a shelf, waiting to be used.”


Tickets to either presentation are $20 and will cover admission to the Show & Sale.


Sweetheart Cafe

Locals will be dishing out some homemade treats at the show's Sweetheart Cafe. Lunch will be served all three days from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Desserts and beverages will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.