Generations meet at Green Meets Green Expo

Antiques and green technology make unique combination
Merely 75 yards separate The O’Brien and Crosby exhibit halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

But at last weekend’s Green Meets Green Expo, they were centuries apart.

There was an antiques convention in one hall, and a futuristic, green technology trade show in the other.

“We’re sitting here now in the 21st century with a mandate from up above saying ‘look, we’ve got to be more earth friendly,’” said Michael Grimes, producer of the annual event. “Antiques are very earth friendly, they’ve basically been recycled for years and years and years and over and over again.”

The futuristic displays in the Crosby hall aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy alternatives. Most of the antiques up for sale do not use much energy, if any. Still, Grimes said they are a tough sell, especially in this economy.

“It’s hard these days on antique dealers and on me because of the fact that people would rather put food on their table and gas in their tank than buy the antique,” he said.

The dimly lit rows of the O’Brien hall are lined with antique dealers, with some makeshift shops more crowded than others. The trick is to stand out, which depends on the uniqueness of the items being sold, said vendor Tamara McMillen of Buckeye, Ariz.

“The more unusual items win, pottery doesn’t sell alone,” she said, adding that she and her husband would like to open an antique shop, but due to the recession are only able to sell at shows like this one. “When we go out buying we like to buy things that we like, that kind of interest us.”

Next door and a century later, there is a similar task at hand. From fake grass to bug-killing garden hose-extensions, to a wristband that magically gives a person more energy, pitchers try their best for a quick second.

“When you put this magnificent bionic band on and it touches your skin in any area, [there is] immediate proton alignment, you turn yourself into a human gyroscope,” said Willa Cain, who was promoting a wristband that she said could utilize nearby electric energy to give the body more power.

David Raine, who invented electricity-producing rooftop windmills, was at his first convention. He said his San Marcos based company has had its distributors participate in similar shows, but he wanted to see this one for himself: “They keep talking about how great they are so we decided to come because then we can learn a bit more about ourselves.”

The Green Meets Green Expo runs through Sunday, Jan. 24. Times are Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale and Century Style of Design Show takes place at O’Brien Exhibition Hall and the 21st Century Friends of the Planet Market takes place at the Bing Crosby Exhibition Hall.

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