The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show opens today, Thursday, August 23, 2012

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

The center aisle of the show will be carpeted by the time the show opens

The important Baltimore Summer Antiques Show opens today, August 23, 2012. This is one of the two most exciting shows of the year, (The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show being the other), for three reasons. First, it’s big, with really great dealers. Second, the dealers have exciting merchandise. Third, there’s action from serious buyers. Think of something you want to see and chances are good you’ll find it at the show.

Billy Rau of M.S. Rau brought his usual stupendous assortment of superb paintings and antiques

Last year was very interesting. On Tuesday, during setup, we had a once-in-a-century earthquake. Luckily it wasn’t strong and we suffered no damage. Next was Hurricane Irene, which came through Baltimore in the middle of the night between Saturday and Sunday. So you might think we had a bad show. Nooo, we had the best show in Baltimore ever! Go figure. If we do 50% of last year’s business, we’ll be very pleased.

The carpeting in front of our booth is about to be installed

If you’re reading this blog post on Thursday (or Friday, or Saturday), there’s plenty of time to visit the show. It’s open until Sunday at 6 PM. There are lots of hotels, lots of good restaurants and lots of fun activities. I recommend Hotwire.com or Priceline.com. (I just checked Hotwire and hotels were available from $67 to $92 per night). I promise you, you’ll enjoy the show and Baltimore. I would love for you to tell me you came to show because you read my blog. Monday I’ll post the results, which I hope will be wonderful.

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. chasenantiques.com

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