May 22, 2024


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Souvenirs worth keeping: Yenke Peddler antiques

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Westlake Historical Society celebrates its golden anniversary this Sunday at the Clague House, 1371 Clague Road. The Antique, Vintage and Craft Show has been bringing collectors and dealers together for 50 years.

Admission to the anniversary event is $4 (free for children younger than 12). An antiques appraiser will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. for evaluations. Free guided tours of the museum are included.

And starting Friday, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds will be the spot for Vintage Market Days in Middleburg Heights. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the early bird admission of $12, which is also re-entry for the entire weekend. Saturday and Sunday hours are also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with admission of $8 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday. Handmade crafts, antiques, clothing and universal appeal for all!

Finally, gear up for the big one: The Burton Antiques Market is next Saturday, June 11. More information to come on this one-day shopping experience. You might score some great souvenirs!

Souvenirs are pieces from the past that hold a special meaning. They can include autographs, special political pieces, ornamental jewelry, an artisan-inspired collectible or simply a postcard!

The great joy of a souvenir is the memory it welcomes. Value is just a bonus.

Dear Yenke Peddler,

I have two souvenirs from the Great Smoky Mountains. Although we visited there, it was not until years later that I found these pieces. They brought back great memories! Markings on the toothpick holder are a sticker with GF and Made in Japan. The music box plays “On Top of Old Smoky.” What would the value be?


Dear Jack,

Your wonderful souvenirs from the Great Smoky Mountains are quite attractive. The musical piece is very colorful, with images that are equally iconic. The panoramic view and the black bear are sure sightings. As far as the toothpick holder, you can date it to after the McKinley Tariff Act of 1891. Both pieces appear to be from the 1950s. Value would be $45 for the pair. Small but interactive souvenirs!

If you have an item for evaluation, send a clear picture with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, P.O. Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You may also email photos and information requests for Brenda to evaluate at [email protected].