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Annual antique show and sale offers nostalgia, variety

Everything from jewelry to fine china to knickknacks to furniture will be available today, Friday and Saturday at the 10th annual antique show and sale on Indian Rocks Beach.

Sponsored by the Indian Rocks Beach Civic Association, the sale will feature items from about 25 antique dealers from this area and throughout the United States. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

"People could be shopping for gifts, they could be shopping for nostalgia, they could be accessorizing their homes," said Carol McGlaughlin, one of the directors of the Indian Rocks Beach Civic Association.

The items will range in cost from a few dollars to many hundreds of dollars, McGlaughlin said.

"There really is such a variety," she said. "Therewill be antiques and collectibles to fit everyone's tastes."

Proceeds from the show benefit the civic association's scholarship fund. The organization has awarded $43,000 in scholarship money since 1984.

Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate financial need, and to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The scholarships are available to all ages for use at the junior college, undergraduate and graduate levels and at technical, vocational and trade schools. Recipients must be residents of Indian Rocks Beach.

The show will take place at two adjacent buildings, the Indian Rocks Beach City Auditorium and Calvary Episcopal Church parish hall. They are at the corner of 16th Avenue and First Street, one block east of Gulf Boulevard.

Admission is $2 per person and covers three days. Hours of the event are 6 to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Food and drinks will be available for a nominal fee.

Scholarship applications can be picked up at the Indian Rocks Beach City Hall. For information on the antique show and sale or on the scholarship program, call Carol McGlaughlin at 595-9741.