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The antiques business is not supposed to be exciting (though sometimes it is). If I wanted excitement, I would have become a sky-diving instructor. Do you remember the time we drove into a fierce snowstorm on our way to a show in Palm Beach? Click here to refresh your memory. Or the time we went through an earthquake and a hurricane at the same show? Click here to read about that one. So what happened this time? Just a bomb scare at LaGuardia airport, a country-wide outage of the entire American Airlines fleet and evacuation of our tent at the Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair.
Tuesday was supposed to be a low-stress day. We were to fly out of New York at 4:10 PM, arrive in Chicago at 6 PM, and then spend a leisurely evening, before starting to set up our show at the Chicago Botanic Garden the next day. After hearing about the bomb scare at LaGuardia Airport, I checked the American Airlines website to make sure our flight was still on time. The website said “on time”, so we took a taxi to the airport and got on line. When we reached the representative, she told us that no flights were leaving LaGuardia and our flight had been cancelled. So much for checking with American. Flights were to resume at 5 PM, so we got on a very long line to get on another flight. While on line, we heard our names being called for our original flight (on which we were upgraded to first class). By the time we reached a representative, we had to take a 6:50 PM flight, which was delayed to 7:30 PM. We had to sit near the back of the plane, in cramped seats. By the time we got to our hotel room in Chicago, four hours late, we were frazzled and exhausted.
Wednesday should have been a normal show setup day. It was anything but. We had to set up our booth, in a tent, in a raging storm. At one point, lightning was in the area, so we evacuated the tent until the threat passed. Other times, the rain was so torrential, it pounded on the tent. Water dripped into some booths from leaks. Luckily, our booth stayed dry.
If history is any indication, this show will be a success, as both of our previous stressful shows ended well. The Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair is beautiful and high class. Do yourself a favor and visit this outstanding show and see our booth in the Rose Garden tent. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
The Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair opens to the public on Friday, at 10 AM. It continues until Sunday, April 21st, at 5 PM. It’s located at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, in the beautiful village of Glencoe.
Click here to view French cameo glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.
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 etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.