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It’s Sunday afternoon at 4:20 PM as I write this blog. The Overland Park Antique Show was a reasonable success, with enough sold and bought to make us want to return next July, on the way to the Denver show.
I had many preconceptions about the show, none of which were accurate. The show is in a modern exhibition facility that permits vehicles to enter. That’s important for a few reasons — first, we’re not subject to the weather; second, we don’t have to dolly the inventory into and out of the building, saving a lot of time; third, security becomes a non-issue.
We decided to exhibit at the show because it immediately followed the Winnetka, IL show and made geographic sense. The show also changed management, which is almost always a good thing. The new promoter, Chris Miller, is a show dealer, so he knows the business from the inside. In the two times since he took over, the show has substantially increased in size, with better attendance. The show seems to be entering a virtuous cycle, where each successive show gets better through a feedback loop of more dealers, better sales and more attendees. Unfortunately we won’t be back for the March show, but we will for the July show.
I’ll give you a little insight into why we left this show with good feelings. Our booth was huge and the rent was low — a rare combination. We were truly impressed with the hospitality of the locals. I can’t tell you how many people came into our booth to compliment us on our display and to thank us for coming. It was totally unexpected and very gratifying. One couple drove up from Dallas, Texas, 9½ hours, specifically to see us. Wow! Thanks. There was lots of interest from knowledgeable people, even if they didn’t make a purchase this time. Maybe next.
Thursday’s blog will cover the very strong Leslie Hindman 20th Century Decorative Arts auction. French cameo glass was ON FIYAH! Next Monday’s post will be from a guest contributor from England.
Next month we’ll be working from home base, exhibiting at the NYC Pier Show, November 23-24, 2013. The show is under new management, U.S. Antique Shows, which usually portends improvements. That will be our last show of the year, followed by the important Florida shows in January and February.
Click here to view my new website and look around. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps.