Tennessee Military Collectors Association

The Tennessee Military Collectors Association (TMCA) is holding their semi-annual show this weekend at the Franklin Marriott (700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin 37067).

jeff shrader, TMCA show
Jeff Shrader, Advanceguardmilitaria.com

This show is referred to as the largest military show in the Southern U.S. It features 300 tables of collections, displays and historic, rare military items for sale. You’ll find medals, uniforms, badges, insignia, flags, weapons, swords, books, helmets and more.

The show began Friday and continues today, Saturday March 26th, from 8:30a-3p.

Admission is $5, children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free.

Jeff Shrader operates Advanceguardmilitaria.com, an online memorabilia exchange business and is also an appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.  Of the TMCA show, he said “This show is one of the most vibrant shows to attend to find unique authentic items.”

Emily Townes, TMCA Secretary
Emily Townes, TMCA Secretary & historical memorabilia item collector. She is a direct descendent of the Nolen’s family, the family that founded Nolensville, TN.

The TMCA was formed in 1976 by interested collectors in the Middle Tennessee area. The organization has two shows in Nashville every year. Dealers come from across the United States and as far away as Germany and England to participate.

TMCA members are hobbyists who collect, trade, and sell historical militaria and memorabilia. Their interests cover a wide field representing every war and nation involved with the United States from the Civil War through Desert Storm.

The TMCA will return to the Franklin Marriott November 25-26 for their second show of the year.

Learn more at www.tmcaonline.org.

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