The Redondo Beach Antiques Show starts this Friday, July 27, 2012

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Superb Burgun & Schverer internally decorated vase

The Redondo Beach Antiques Show will start on Friday, July 27th, at noon, and will end on Sunday, July 29th, at 5 PM. The show has gotten smaller over the last few years, but the dealers who remain are high quality, so it’s still a good show. The problem is that the show needs to enter a virtuous circle, where more people attend and make purchases. The news will get out and more dealers will want to return, making the show better. It’s not an easy task, but unless it happens, the show will get so small that it won’t be viable any more.

A fine Pairpoint Marlborough closed-top puffy table lamp

We’re doing our part by exhibiting in the show and bringing an outstanding collection which includes Tiffany Studios lamps, glass and desk sets; French cameo glass by Emile Galle, Daum Nancy, Almeric Walter, Argy-Rousseau and René Lalique; American art glass by Quezal and Steuben; American, French and Hungarian ceramics by Rookwood, Grueby, Newcomb College, Marblehead, Clement Massier and Zsolnay; American illustrator paintings and finally an extensive collection of original Louis Icart etchings.

Tiffany Studios Favrile decorated loving cup

Many people who attend antique shows don’t understand that it’s a business like any other business. If it doesn’t turn a profit, it goes out of business. That includes the antique show business. The promoter organizes the show. He/she needs enough dealers and attendees to make the show a success. The dealers need enough patrons to make purchases. While compliments are much appreciated, they don’t pay the bills. The expenses to transport antiques from the East Coast to the West Coast are considerable. I have to sell enough to make it worth my while. So I am advising my clients in Southern California that this will be the last time I exhibit there if I don’t sell enough to cover my costs and a reasonable profit. I’ve had to drop several cities (Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco) over the years as the local public stopped supporting their shows by not making purchases. Believe me, the show’s existence depends on your support. Please visit the Redondo Beach Antiques Show and consider making purchases from your favorite dealers. While you’re at it, bring your friends too.

Come visit us in Redondo Beach, July 27-29

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and Louis Icart etchings. Just recently, I added about 15 new items. Here’s the link.

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