The Chicago Merchandise Mart Antique Show was held this past weekend, April 30-May 3, 2010. Attendance was very good, but appeared to be down a bit from previous years. Dealer results were mixed, after having spoken to more than a few dealers. Many dealers did well, but more than a few had less than favorable results. One dealer was more upset that he had lost two weeks of his time than with his poor sales. Several dealers did not cover their expenses. One major dealer said that he had an important painting in a client’s home on approval. If the client buys the painting, he will turn a profit. Otherwise, he will probably break even.
On a personal note, my show was good, with interest strongest in French glass. I wish to thank all of my clients who buy from me year after year. Without their loyal support, this would have been a rough show, as sales to new clients were few and far between.
No shows until mid-July, when I kick off the summer season in Denver. This will be my third (and hopefully not last) time there, if business is good. I’ve had mixed results there, so we’ll see if the locals come out and support me. Then on to Redondo Beach, CA, Pasadena, CA, Chicago O’Hare and finally Baltimore over the Labor Day weekend. I will still be actively buying and selling during this break, mostly from my website, so email or call and let’s do some business!
I’m taking a lot of time to add new items to my website. In the last few days I’ve added to the Gallé glass and Icart etchings listings. Please take a look, as every day I’m adding more. Click on this link chasenantiques.com.
Please send me your suggestions or questions about art glass, lamps, Louis Icart, shows, auctions, etc. If it’s interesting, I’ll answer your question in a future blog.