Welcome to Our Palmer Wirfs

Vintage treasures are the key to experiencing the charms of the old world. So if you want to explore and reminisce about the old time, we are here to provide you with the best antique collection. Whether you are looking for vintage treasures, photographs, or vintage clothing, we have a plethora of those vintage charms at Palmer Wirfs.

Unique Vintage Treasures

We have beautiful and interesting things, including antiques, vintage finds, photographs, vintage clothing, and collectibles. With an enormous collection of unique treasures, Palmer Wirfs is an adventure that you need to cherish.

Reaching New Markets

We intend to reach new markets and provide them with amazing services that will help our new audience taste the past's beauty.

New Niches Of Collecting

We are not limited to a handmade piece or vintage treasure but are ready to love and explore new niches. We have a wide range of collections that will satisfy your fantasies about antique and vintage treasures.

About Palmer/Wirfs & Associates

Palmer/Wirfs & Associates brings more than 32 years of show management experience to the marketplace. Begun by Don Wirfs in 1976 and more recently with Christine Palmer at the helm, Palmer/Wirfs & Associates prides itself on continuing to bring buyer and seller together which is our sole mission and goal as a company.

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Evaluation & Identification Booth!

At every Palmer/Wirfs show, we offer a booth that is staffed with qualified and knowledgeable people in the antiques field.

A Great Palmer/Wirfs Antique & Collectible Shows

Get ready to visit a fantastic Palmer Wirfs antique show and fall in love with the charms of the old world again. You will never fail to find a unique treasure to add to your collection!

Portland Expo Shows

If you are into antiques and collectibles, attend the country's largest portable expo shows.

Clark County Show

We are opening numerous booths filled with enticing vintage items that will make you fall in love with the beauty of the past.

Puyallup Shows

We are conducting fantastic antique shows that will attract buyers and sellers across the world alike. It is a great stop if you are into collecting antiques and vintage items.

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Guide to Buying at Antique and Vintage Fairs

Antique and Vintage Fairs

Do you happen to get confused and overwhelmed at the sheer number of antiques and vintage items in the fairs? Do you find yourself purchasing poor-quality antiques and vintage items?

If so, then you can change this by following a few important things. In this guide, you will learn many tips that will help you become a smart buyer and make the most of your time at the fair. Read on to learn more:

Do Your Research Beforehand

It helps to show an active interest in antiques and vintage items and do some research on them a few weeks before the fair begins. As a buyer, it is vital for you to develop your own taste. You will want to be clear on the kind of aesthetic you are looking for.

Don’t Miss the First Day of the Fair


Usually, many people make the mistake of going to the fair on the second or third day. As a result, they miss many unique items that people buy before noon on the first day. It is best to be among the first to step into the fair. You will also want to stick around until the evening because you may end up getting some great discounts.

Ask the Dealers Plenty of Questions

When you are inquiring about a particular antique or vintage item that has caught your attention, it is best to take your time and examine it closely. Make sure to check if the item works properly or if you will need to repair it.

You will also want to ask plenty of questions to the dealers. It helps to learn more about the dealers themselves. If you like what the dealer has to sell, you can stay in touch and purchase from them even after the fair.

Be Willing to Negotiate

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It’s okay to ask the dealer to reduce the price as long as you do it respectfully. Haggling in these fairs is generally a no-no, and it can create a bad impression. A great way to get dealers to negotiate is if you are willing to purchase more than just one item at their stall. Also, if you want to get fair prices on the items, it is best to dress simple. If you wear expensive apparel, the dealers are more likely to charge you a higher price for the antiques.

Use Your Phone to Research on the Spot

Make sure you have the internet on your smartphone while at the fair because you will use it a lot! You can look up the prices of antiques or vintage items on popular shopping websites to make price comparisons.

To Sum Up

By following the tips mentioned in this guide, you are sure to take home with you some incredible antiques and vintage items. Lastly, remember to enjoy yourself and not become too serious about the whole experience.

Antique Collecting: For Beginners

Antique Collecting

Collecting anything is a fun and exciting activity. From coins to stamp posts to pebbles, collecting things is a crowd favorite and personal to everyone. Becoming an antique collector is one of the easiest yet most fun tasks to keep a person occupied in their hobbies. Becoming an antique collector also has a bonus, whether you’re collecting for fun or business purpose.

This article is a guide for all antique lovers who are looking forward to collecting timeless pieces for business or decoration.

Where do you start?

Before you begin your search, it is imperative to keep the intent in mind – whether you’re collecting to sell it at profit margins or as a hobby!

  • For fun: If you’re collecting timeless pieces as a hobby, you can be open to all ideas and pieces from various decades and centuries. Also, if you’re collecting for fun, the history of the piece or the value does not come into consideration.
  • Investment: Antique pieces hold tremendous value in the market, especially as home décor items. When starting, keep your goal in mind and collect pieces that can be used to decorate homes, buildings, offices, etc., with their value in mind.

Collecting antiques as a hobby

When you dip into the antique collection pool, you must understand that there are different pieces and types of antiques to choose from! The primary key to selecting a theme for the collection is to know what you love. From silver items to furniture and paintings, the list is endless. Hence, before you begin, you can look for pieces you love and explore things you might enjoy.

Collecting antiques for investment

When collecting for investment or business purposes, it is imperative first to note the values of items. Usually, sellers may charge a ton of money for a piece, but if you know the value of a piece, you can buy and sell accordingly without burning a hole in your pocket. Here are some factors which can help you determine the right price for a piece;

  • A rarity depicts how common or rare an item is
  • Condition of the piece and the damages
  • Age of the thing and the era it belongs to
  • Provenance and history of the piece and whether it matches your theme of the collection

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Antiques to stay away from

Now that you know what to collect, it is also essential to know what not to collect. The specific antique piece is illegal to buy are sell, and you should avoid touching that subject. Some things to keep in mind are:

  • Stay away from ivory pieces and anything made out of elephants. In most countries, these are considered illegal.
  • Do not involve anything made of eagle feathers, as they are illegal in many countries.
  • As a novice collected, it is better to keep native artifacts out of your reach, especially the ones originating from Native America.

Tips for Visiting Antique and Vintage Fairs

Antique and Vintage

Is it going to be your first time at antique and vintage fairs? If so, you are in for a wonderful experience that you will always fondly remember. However, it helps to know what you are getting into and prepare yourself for the full experience. The tips provided in this article will help you make the most out of your antique and vintage fair experience.

It’s a Sociable Event

When you are in the fair for the first time, don’t be afraid to approach people and start conversations. The people at the fair are usually quite light-hearted and jovial, so it will be easy to break the ice. In addition, you will get to learn many interesting facts from them and perhaps even enjoy their company throughout the day.

Vintage Fairs

If you are a dog lover, the antique and vintage fair will sound more attractive to you! Most antique and vintage fairs welcome people to bring their dogs. Hence, your dog can get to play and make some great friends too!

Don’t Miss the First Day

It is best to attend such fairs on the first day as all the items will be available on display. Hence, you get the chance to really explore and look at some rare and unique antiques and instruments before someone purchases them.

It is also best to do your research about the fair and learn more about the kind of antiques they have to offer. This will help you go into the fair with a clear mind, and you can purchase some interesting things. Also, make sure to stay until the very end of the day. As the day progresses, there is a stronger likelihood of the dealers’ willingness to negotiate and give you great discounts.

Protect Your Skin

Antique fairs are usually held in the summer season. Since you will be out in the sun all day, it is best to apply some high-quality sunscreen to your skin. You can also consider wearing a fun hat or carrying a small umbrella to protect yourself from the heat. Also, make sure not to carry too many things. You will find all the food and drink you need at the fair.

Carry a Flashlight With You

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The antique and vintage fairs have a completely different and fun atmosphere in the evening time. However, it can be quite difficult to walk around in the dark and make your way to different stores. Hence, it is best to carry a flashlight with you.

To Sum Up

These are some of the tips that you need to keep in mind when visiting antiques and vintage fairs. Make sure to travel light as it will help you enjoy the exploration. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to the dealers, and be willing to bargain as well.