After a successful day of antiquing, Ron and Bettie Carlson packed their car with unique finds – a Middle Eastern camel saddle, a rare wool Steiff bear and a carefully crafted walking stick.
The couple, from Murrysville, purchased the items at the historic Hanna’s Town Sunday Antiques and Collectibles Market.
It’s been 20 years since the Carlsons started shopping at the market. There are days when they leave with nothing. Other days they fill their car with collectibles.
“You can find unique things here,” Bettie Carlson said.
In the past, everything from end tables to vintage French wine bottles was bought at the outdoor market, which has been a community tradition since 1974.
The Sunday market, which was the last of the 2022 season, hosted 118 vendors. The sunny skies made up for the frosty October weather.
Kendra Harshberger, who primarily sells items from the 1800s at an antique mall in Bedford, sold the Steiff bear to Bettie Carlson.
Although Harshberger’s passion for antiques began years ago, it wasn’t until recently that he started selling them.
“It’s rewarding to get something you love, and we’ve been a part of that,” he said.
The “human” aspect of the Historic Hanna’s Town market also drives Karen Newman to continue selling. Newman and her husband are collectors from German Township, Fayette County.
“You know so many people and you get to see them,” Newman said.
Anita Zanke, library coordinator for the Westmoreland Historical Society, said people travel from all over the state to attend the market.
Historical Society volunteer Thelma Matthews said the market is nostalgic for many.
“When you come here, you go back to your childhood,” Matthews said.
Rain or shine, the market is held on the second Sunday of every month from May to October.
Vendors and parking fees support the redevelopment of the historic town of Hanna, which was Westmoreland County’s first seat of government until 1786.
“This is a major fundraiser for the historical society,” Zanke said.
Maddie Aiken is a contributor to the Tribune-Review. You can contact Maddie by email at [email protected] or on Twitter .