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Better Than New: 16th annual Great Southwestern Antiques Show

The Rumble Seat Music booth from 2013
The Rumble Seat Music booth from 2013
courtesy GSA

There’s just something thrilling about old stuff. (If you happen to be a late-night “American Pickers” addict or an estate sale fanatic, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) That’s the allure behind the 16th annual Great Southwestern Antique Show & Auction. Old metal signs emblazoned with quaintly named, now-defunct corporations; dusty books with their blocky serif fonts and gluey aromas; creaky trunks sporting leather handles and brass rivets—the objects of the past offer a window to history and a springboard to good conversation. Plus they look cool in your living room.

This year’s vintage bazaar officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9am to 5pm, at the Expo New Mexico Manuel Lujan Jr. Complex (300 San Pedro NE) and features over 200 dealers. The fun continues Sunday, Aug. 10, 10am to 4pm. Cost is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. The show benefits all kinds of nonprofits, including the Albuquerque Museum, VSA Arts of New Mexico and UNM Hospitals; see greatsouthwesternantiqueshow.com to learn more about the $75 sneak preview and gala on Friday and Saturday, benefiting KNME PBS, and the auctions on Aug. 7 and 11. And get ready to stock up on goodies you can’t find anywhere else. Expo New Mexico • Sat Aug 9 • 9am-5pm • $10-$15 • View on Alibi calendar