By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is about to bring antiques into the 21st century, as it details plans for the next Philadelphia Antiques Show at a brand new location.

It’s one of the longest running shows of its kind and a major fundraiser for Penn Medicine, to benefit patient care.

The Philadelphia Antiques Show debuted in 1962 at the 33rd Street Armory in West Philadelphia. It moved to the Navy Yard a few years ago, but will now be featured at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Show chairwoman Gretchen Riley says it’s a chance for folks to buy period furniture, folk and fine art, textiles, silver, jewelry, and ceramics from dozens of antiques dealers.

“These are pieces that you could find in a museum,” she tells KYW Newsradio.

While we traditionally think of the definition of antiques as items that are at least 100 years old, they’re broadening the timeline this year to include pieces as late as 1970 — as long as the creator is dead.

Riley says it’s an effort to inspire a new generation of collectors to “mix and match.”

“We want to appeal to the younger audience, to realize that you can put a wonderful antique next to your modern furniture,” she says.

The 2012 show will have new dates, too — April 27th through May 1st.


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