POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Gail and Stephen Zussman have loaded up their car with their extensive collection of vintage postcards and collectible ephemera and headed to Pound Ridge every Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day for the past five years.
The couple, owners of The Zussman Collection, makes the trek all the way from Brigantine, N.J. to partake in the Pound Ridge Antiques and Farmers Holiday Market, which is held on each one of those holidays along Westchester Avenue in Scotts Corners.
“We are on the road every weekend,” Stephen Zussman said on Monday, Labor Day, from behind a vast array of old postcards, magazines and other paper collectibles. “We come up to all three of these markets each year. It’s a very nice show and the people who run it are great. Today’s been pretty busy; we’re doing what we usually do on average.”
The event is sponsored by the Pound Ridge Business Association and was the brainchild of Joan Silbersher, who owns Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen. Silbersher oversaw this year’s markets. The event, which marked its 20th year, was conceived as a way of attracting people to the Scotts Corners business district.
Silbersher said that while the number of vendors was down a bit this year, Monday’s Labor Day event was a busy one.
“The one on July Fourth is usually our weakest one and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because people are away on vacation,” she said. “But today has been good. We have about 30-32 antiques people here and a few farmers, so that’s a bit better. Almost all our vendors are returnees, which is a good sign. It means they’re making sales.”
Rich and Donna Sofka came from Stamford, Conn., to attend the market and said they try to make it a point to come to as many as they can.
“We’ve been here quite a few times,” Rich Stofka said. “We like coming to Pound Ridge. We always go to Joan [Silbersher’s] antique shop and my wife is always hoping to catch a glimpse of Richard Gere (who resides in Pound Ridge).”
Though the couple had only been at the Labor Day market for a few minutes, Donna Stofka had already purchased a vintage bracelet featuring a piano-shaped charm.
“We just got here and we are just getting started,” she said with a laugh.