Expo center welcomes heartfelt antique show

Grace Mathews • Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Heart of Tennessee antique show was featured from Wednesday through Friday at the Wilson County Expo Center. 

The show contains antiques from all over the U.S. and Canada, including everything from folk art to furniture. 

The Heart of Tennessee celebrated its opening night in Lebanon on Wednesday by welcoming more than 300 customers from all across Tennessee and beyond. Promoter Katherine Bovard was pleased with the turnout.

 “It was a great night and a great crowd,” Bovard said, “And the people at the expo have been fantastic. They have really bent over backwards to help us. We really could not ask for a better venue.”

The Heart of Tennessee has found a new home in the Wilson County Expo with the signing of a five-year contract to appear annually. It hopes to renew the contract every five years and keep the show running for many years to come.

According to Bovard, the booths featured at Heart of Tennessee promote every kind of antique such as linens, dolls, ceramics, signs, primitives and paintings. 

“I have been working 18 years in the antiques business, and I have to say the paintings have always been my favorite,” she said. 

During her time as the promoter of the Heart of Tennessee antique show, Bovard met and worked with antiques dealers from almost everywhere. 

“There is no better group of people to call family,” Bovard said of the group of dealers with whom she currently works.

One of those dealers, Nan Donovan, Cincinnati, has worked with antiques for 22 years with her partner, Inez Allen. The two women run a shop called “City Mouse Country Mouse Antiques” and specialize in the contrast between country and city-style antiques. 

“My favorite part of the antique business has to be meeting all the new people and learning. You get to know people of all kinds in a business like this,” said Donovan.

The Expo Center be the site of the Heart of Tennessee antique show Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will return around the second week of February 2018. For more information about the show, visit heartoftennesseeantiqueshoe.com or follow it on Facebook at Heart of Tennessee Antique Show.


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