Eyes on Antiques

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Robert Salinas and his friend, Mary Jane Anderson, were happy with their purchase Sunday of an antique quilt made by Mennonites in the 1920s.

“It’s an unusual style, one that’s very labor intensive and one that you don’t see very often,” Salinas said. “There’s a lot of history; there’s some provenance to it.”

Salinas, 56, and Anderson, 43, traveled from Huntsville, Ala., to participate in the Chattanooga Market’s annual Antiques and Collectibles Day.

They strolled with hundreds of other marketgoers beside tables featuring antique jewelry, dolls, clothes, knives, tools and various other knickknacks.

“It’s our answer to Black Friday — to have vintage stuff you can’t really find anywhere else,” said Paul Smith, the market’s general manager.