Don & Marta Orwig Antiques is known for its collection of American relics, including a massive collection of old advertising signs.
“I’ve been in the business since 1971,” Don says. “Everybody has their thing. Some people are into tables or chairs or pillows, that’s not me. I’m into these old signs and country store fixtures, store cabinets and cupboards.”
Catching up with Don over the summer, he has just returned from Michigan. He’s also been to New York, amassing rare finds for Market Hill.
For the fall show, he says, “I got a lot of store cupboards, about 40 of them, and all kinds of old country store product and fixtures. This will be the base for the booth this time.” When asked where he found this lot, he says, “Most everything is out of New York. It was an upper New York state estate situation. I had known about this stuff for a bunch of years, but it was never for sale until now. I got all of it. Most of it is late Victorian, 1870-1900.”
Referring to his showroom at Market Hill, he says, “We literally cleaned out the Paul Michael store in the spring, completely sold out. If you went there now, it would be totally empty. We are arriving with all new things.”
In addition to what Don and Marta are bringing to Market Hill, Gilda Metzler of Gilded Gardens will return with her display of succulent plants and Polly Hitt of Neck Collections will have a bedazzling collection of handmade jewelry.
Come catch up with Don, Marta, Gilda and Polly at Market Hill.