Memories to keep: the antiques of Yenke Peddler

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Westlake Historical Society celebrates its golden anniversary this Sunday at the Clague House, 1371 Clague Road. The Antiquity, Vintage and Crafts Fair has been bringing together collectors and dealers for 50 years.

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

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

Finally, get ready for the big event: the Burton Antiques Market will take place on Saturday June 11th. More information to come on this one-day shopping experience. You could mark beautiful memories!

Memories are pieces of the past that have special meaning. They can include autographs, special political coins, ornamental jewelry, a craft-inspired collectible, or just a postcard!

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

Dear Yenke Peddler,

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


Dear Jack,

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

If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].