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'Antiques on the Diamond' returns to Ligonier Aug. 24

| Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A variety of antiques and unique collectables will be available at “Antiques on the Diamond” scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24.

“It's always a nice show,” said Mary Jo Culbertson, owner of On the Diamond Antiques and event committee member. “All the vendors have different tastes and it leads to a nice variety of merchandise.”

Thirteen dealers will be set up on the Diamond to display and sell fine quality and authentic antiques. Vendors will extend two blocks onto East and West Main Street and most local business will be open for extended hours.

The biannual event, in its 26th year, is sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce. Every year there is a show in June and another in August.

“Vendors arrive and start setting up as early as 4 a.m.,” said Holly Mowrey, the chamber's executive director. “They are very dedicated people who obviously love what they do. We have some that have been coming for many years.”

One vendor couple, who has attended for all 26 years of the event, is Owen and Connie Rueckel. The Rueckels bring country primitive accessories and antiques from their store, Strawberry Tree Antiques, in Thornville, Ohio.

“We love coming to ‘Antiques on the Diamond',” said Owen Rueckel, “We have wonderful clients in Ligonier and it's such an amazing town.”

Local business owners enjoy the new customers that come to the area for the event.

“Every year we see new faces and meet new people,” said Jason Anent, owner of Equine Chic and chairman of the antique committee. “It's great. The event brings people from all over, which broadens the customer base and then those people become regulars.”

Anent said in recent years, “Antiques on the Diamond” has been drawing a younger customer base, as well.

“We hope that visitors will take the time to shop in our unique specialty shops while they are in Ligonier,” said Mowrey. “And we do not have food vendors at the event in hopes that visitors will relax for a meal in one of our great local restaurants. The businesses always appreciate it when we have an event that brings visitors to our town.”

The event is free of admission and promises to offer a variety of one-of-a-kind items.

Library book sale begins Aug. 24

The Ligonier Valley Library will conduct an end of the summer clearance sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24 during “Antiques on the Diamond.”

“Our storage room is bursting with thousands of donated hardcover and paperback titles and video cassettes and audio books,” said Janet Hudson, director of the library. “Some are a little dated, others a little faded and have a torn page or two, but they are all too valuable for the trash bin.”

All books are priced at 25 cents each. The sale will be held in the library's lower level community room. The sale will continue during regular library hours through Sept. 14.

Re-Readables, the library's book store, will be open during the book sale; however store inventory is not included in the 25¢ sale. All proceeds of the book sale benefit library operations.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.