The results of the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference, February 21-23, 2014

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Grove Park Inn

Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference ended its 27th edition yesterday, after a three-day run from February 21-23, 2014. Personally, our show was very mediocre. We made expenses and a ham sandwich, but not much else. We did enough business for a local show with low expenses, but not for a long-distance show with higher expenses. Based on the wonderful response from the public, it should have been a great show, but it wasn’t. We haven’t exhibited at Grove Park Inn since 2010, so I think the public wasn’t prepared for us.

It wasn't as crowded on Saturday afternoon as it was on opening day, Friday

It wasn't as crowded on Saturday afternoon as it was on opening day, Friday

This show is different from any other we do. It’s contained within the grounds of the beautiful and historic Grove Park Inn, so the audience is captive. The attendees are self-selected, highly motivated, enthusiastic and appreciative. Most of them have registered in advance and many have flown or driven large distances. That’s a big difference, as most of the shows we do are local. We’ve received more compliments from the public than at most other shows, but as much as we appreciate them, they don’t pay the bills.

We sold this beautiful Amphora Allegory of France vase at the show

We sold this beautiful Amphora Allegory of France vase at the show

Here is another important difference. The hours of the show are wonderful — five hours on Friday, starting at 1 PM, six hours on Saturday, starting at noon, and finally five hours on Sunday, starting at 11 AM. That’s more than enough time for the public to view everything and make up their minds, plus it’s great for the dealers. Some shows have 10-hour days — good for beating a dead horse.

This great Argy-Rousseau Poppy vase is a recent purchase

This great Argy-Rousseau Poppy vase is a recent purchase

We get a one month break now until our next show, the NYC Pier Antique Show, March 29-30, 2014. That’s always fun and exciting, so make your plans to come to the Big Apple. In the meantime, we’ll be out and about looking for more treasures to offer for sale.

We'll have this wonderful Amphora portrait vase at the show

We’ll have this wonderful Amphora portrait vase at the show

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

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