standing in line waiting to get into Holliston High School.
Foundation president Robert McGrath said it took ticket collectors about half an hour to get everyone through.
Waiting in the high school gym for the patrons were antique exhibitors from around the region selling a variety of items, including toys, jewelry, furniture, campaign buttons, pictures, maps and glassware.
Sharon residents Jill and John Horwitz were visiting the show for the first time, and were going home with a few pieces, including a decorative wooden shovel and a dresser for a doll.
"Things we obviously can't live without," Jill said with a laugh.
The pair decided to go to the show because it was something to do. Plus, it hadn't started snowing yet.
"This is a great show," said Jill. "There are so many treasures and we aren't done yet."
The show raises money for annual scholarships the foundation awards every year to Holliston students. By the end of the weekend, between 2,000 and 3,000
people are expected to attend. Earlier in the week, organizers were concerned the weekend storm could affect attendance. But new forecasts predicting a small
storm had McGrath optimistic.
"It's getting better," he said.
A couple antique exhibitors did cancel because of the storm, but almost all of the 80 or so exhibitors set up shop at Holliston High.
The local show is the only one collector Denise Broderich, of Holliston, rents a booth for. She has only been in the business for about four years, recently realizing she needed to start selling some of her collectibles in order
to buy new ones.
"I like buying things and selling things," she said. "You never know what people might like."
Broderich does sell items at a number of local businesses, including The Stray Cat in Medway and House at 755 in Holliston. She said she collects all types of items, but is usually drawn to antique toys and medical supplies. While Broderich was busy helping customers during the day, her wife Reenie attracted a number of onlookers while she spun yarn using a spinning wheel.
This year's show was the first in about 15 years for Joseph Rice, who does gilding and frame restoration and owns Fort Hill Studios in Northborough. He also sells antique silver and china. In recent years, Rice said he came to the show to shop, and would be reminded how great it was to be an exhibitor.
"I finally said instead of thinking about it, I'm going to call them and get a contract," said Rice. "I think they get a good crowd."
The show continues today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.