The results of the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, January 4-8, 2020

5 minutes before the opening on Saturday

Saturday, 8:45 PM. The show opened today at the unusually late time of 2 PM and will close at 10 PM. There was a decent crowd, but not much action. The show floor is dead now, so it’s fairly torturous staying so late. Tomorrow the hours return to the normal starting time of 11 AM.

Today’s results were disappointing, with only a couple of small sales. But I’m far from throwing in the towel. There were several serious clients today who I hope will return and make purchases.

We sold this fine Tiffany Favrile vase with wheel-carved grapes on Sunday

Sunday, 6:20 PM. The day is almost finished. We had a decent, but unexciting day. There wasn’t much energy in the crowd. As of this minute, we’re having a lackluster show, but we’ll keep chipping away.

Monday, 6:30 PM. Today’s show is almost finished and it was a bad day. There weren’t many people and only a few inquiries. No sales. Doesn’t look like this show is going to be a winner, but anything can happen in the next two days. I need a drink.

We sold this important Tiffany red and yellow carved vase on Tuesday

Tuesday, 5:40 PM. Oh my, the show is slow and boring. From what I heard, the NFL rented the convention center for an entire month prior to the Super Bowl, so the antiques show was bumped to its earlier date this year. And it really shows. There are fewer people, less interest and fewer sales. We made one good sale today from a client who saw a beautiful Tiffany vase a few days ago and called today to make the purchase.

We sold this beautiful Tiffany 16″ diameter Tulip table lamp on Wednesday

Wednesday, 4:00 PM. The show is over and I’m happy to report that we ended on a high note. I was prepared not to sell a thing today, the last day, but a new client came to the show and purchased two Tiffany lamps. :>)

This was a very strange show for us. The totals were close to last year’s excellent show, but it didn’t feel like a good show. Traffic was down, as well as interest. We answered fewer questions and made fewer sales. Many of our good clients never showed up. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In listening, a few dealers said they did better than last year, but not the majority. Thankfully the show returns to the normal late January dates next year.

Since this blog is being posted on Thursday, January 9th, there will be no new post on Monday, January 13th. My next post will be on Monday, January 20th.

Tiffany 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp

P.S. Thursday. We sold the superb Tiffany 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, pictured above, the day after the show closed to a client who saw it at the show. That means we had a great show, better than last year’s excellent show.

Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is approximately one month away. You can get two free tickets to the show by clicking here. It will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 13-18, 2020. We haven’t exhibited there in a few years, but decided to give it another try this year in a smaller booth.

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