GROVE - Around 1,000 weapon and antique enthusiasts strolled down the isles at the Grove Civic Center admiring everything from century-old glassware to Browning rifles.
The First Grove Area Merchants Antique Show and Sale deputed over the weekend with one side of the building dedicated to antiques and the other other feature gun and other weapon related items.
Rene Craven, Grove Area Merchants president, said having both a gun show and an antique show in the same building has something for everyone.
“Saturday was wonderful,” said Sharon Lebow, with Victorian Accents. “It seems like people were after everything.”
“I have spent a lot of time visiting with people during the show,” said Jack Lebow, who operated an ammo display booth.
“Most of the stores – big chain stores – have a small inventory of shells,” Lebow said.
A year ago, 30-caliber special shells, were 50 cents each, he said.
“Now they are close to $1 per shell,” Lebow said.
Finding ammunition is a real challenge, but at the weekend show it was the only item that figuratively flew off the shelves.
“We have quite a bit of ammo coming in and lots of reloads,” said Virginia Carroll, with Ozark Mountain Production Gun Show and event organizer.
Gun sales as well as knife sales went very well, she said. The event was a good community event, Carroll said.