Each year, 300 to 400 volunteers work on the show and surrounding events, said event co-chair Mary Elrod.
“We carefully select and vet a charity, and work with that charity all year long,” Elrod said. “No money goes to the church.”
The show has generated more than $4 million for the Atlanta community. This year, the chosen beneficiary is Clarkston-based Refuge Family Services, which provides services for refugees who come to the U.S.
“They help about 2,000 families every year with education and job training,” Elrod said. “They are helping people become self-sustaining. They don’t speak English so there’s a stress on literacy.”
More antique dealers will be at the show this year, and antique books will also be available for customers, she said.
“There’s never been anything like this in Atlanta before,” Elrod said. “What’s so great about our show is that it’s not just church people but all kinds of people are involved, and we have about 60 sponsors this year.”
She said the last few years were less successful because of the suffering economy. “There’s so much more enthusiasm and interest in our show this year,” Elrod said. Co-chair Marion Williams said there will be five homes on the home tour Sunday, and none of them have been featured on tour before.
“They’re kind of a mixture of old and new,” she said.
The Gala Preview Party Jan. 30 will kick off the antique show and give guests a chance to see the antiques while enjoying food and wine.
Aside from the antique market, the public can tour the Inspiration House Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 and Feb. 7 through 10. It is a show house on Cathedral grounds decorated by designers all over the Southeast.
Other show activities include a lecture by David Lindquist, owner of Whitehall at the Villa Antiques in Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 1 and a book signing Feb. 2 with Danielle Rollins, author of “Soiree: Entertaining with Style.
”The Antiques Treasure Hunt is Feb. 1 and 2, and the Stained Glass Walking Tour Feb. 1 and 2 is a free 30-minute tour of the cathedral with historic information on the windows.
Williams said the Drinks and Antiques party Feb. 1 is aimed toward Atlanta’s young population in their 20s and 30s, offering them a chance to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while exploring the show.
Additionally, the First Place Passion Home Tour Feb. 3 is a walking tour of seven homes of first-time homeowners in the Meadowbrook neighborhood.
If you go:
o What: Cathedral Antiques Show and events
o When: Jan. 31 through Feb. 3
o Where: Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Buckhead
o Tickets: $20 for show and Inspiration House, Home Tours from $20 to $30
o Information: www.cathedralantiques.org