Show History

Show History

The California Country Antique Show was started in 1986 by two friends, Bea Teer and Lori Moore, as a way to raise money for the Los Altos History Museum. Original News ArticleFrom it's inception the show focused on premiere Americana and invited only the top American Country antique dealers from the west coast to participate. The first shows were held "Under the Oaks" surrounding the Los Altos History House and quickly became known for the quality of the antiques available for sale as well as the wonderful location.

Los Altos is 36 miles south of San Francisco and 3 miles from Stanford University. The Town is blessed with natural beauty, great weather and sophisticated surrounds. The collectors come from everywhere, as do the participating dealers. Beginning in the 1990's, due to popular demand, the show became a twice-a-year event held in June & October. Until recently, the June show continued "under the oaks" surrounding the Los Altos History House while the October show was held across the parking lot from the History Museum in the Hillview Community Center. Recently the History Museum completed construction on a multi-million dollar addition. Due to lack of space surrounding the History Museum, both the Spring & Falls shows are now held inside and in the courtyards surrounding four buildings at the Hillview Community Center. In June 2000, Tom Baker, a well-known and highly regarded Americana dealer, took over the promotion of the California Country Show from Bea & Lori. In June 2011, Tammy Martin & Barry Koester assumed responsibility for promoting and managing the Show.  This year, longtime antiques dealers and show promoters Sandy Raulston and Ted Birbilis became the producers of this event.  The Los Altos shows continue to be a fundraiser for the Los Altos History Museum.

In February 2004, California Country was expanded to include an additional show in southern California. The first southern California show was held in Hollywood and was a big success. In 2006, the southern California show was moved to the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa (between Los Angeles and San Diego.) This two-day show has proven to be a must attend event for country and folk art antique lovers from all over the west coast. Over 50 Country and Folk Art dealers participate in this show. The show is a more formal environment with all exhibitors in one very large building and each booth set-up with walls. Many dealers do participate in the shows in both locations, but we do have different dealers at each show so be sure to check the list of participating dealers.