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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-26-1999 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Often Antiques shows don't have that many antique silver (flatware, hollowware & jewelry) dealers. It often seems that for every 10 booths, if we are lucky, we might see 1-2 dealers with some quantity of really interesting antique silver.

I think it is time that the show promoters put together a silver only show or featured silver. In the past I have recommended to both Stella & Wendy's that they consider a silver show. Both countered that the silver dealers don't like to be near each other; therefore, a silver only show was out of the question. Now with the Internet, everyone is virtually doing business in front of everyone else in the world. Maybe it is time for the silver dealers to get together in the real world as well.

What do you think?

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iconnumber posted 04-26-1999 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for edensterling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well Scott, There is an all silver show once a year in the greater Los Angeles region every July. It consists of about 15 dealers and is enjoyed by all those who attend and by all the exhibitors. I believe that I was the only out of state dealer last year and I flew in from Ohio to set up that show. They do advertise in Silver Magazine every year in case anyone doesn't know about this wonderful show.

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Bob Schulhof

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iconnumber posted 04-26-1999 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Schulhof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have attended the Los Angeles show. It is geared very strongly to souvenier spoon collectors. I am sure that a show in the East would do even better.

The main problem we have as collectors today is that the collector market is a very small percentage of the total flatware market. In a recent survey that I did with dealers it averaged around 10%. Therefore the silver dealers that now show rely significantly on walk by traffic at the general antique shows.

We have a lot of work to do to make flatware collecting a reality and a force in the silver industry. I would hope that this website would take the first steps toward a cure. Another important step would be articles on collecting tableware for fun and profit in the mainstream antique publications.

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iconnumber posted 04-27-1999 11:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all,
Fist let me say that I own a small silver business and enjoy what I do.

I would love to see an all sterling silver show on the east coast. There is at least one show that I know of that while not being a completely silver show has 80 silver dealers exhibiting out of 450 dealers total. That is the Baltimore summer show put on by Sha-Dor in August.
Additionally, most of the shows in Florida,
have tremendous amounts of good silver.
Let me say this to collectors out there who think that there should be more silver at shows. There is plenty of silver at shows.

1. Dealers who deal only in silver, usually make their primary living doing pattern matching. They might not have what you want, but they have a lot. Show them you are serious and purchase something. From experience, I know that I will call a buyer before I would call someone who has just expressed interest.

2. Promotors limit the number of pattern matching dealers at shows because they like a balanced show and they like dealers to do well.

3. Because silver is a precious metal
it is valuble. A lot of general line antiques dealers avoid sterling silver (or buy it and sell it privately) because it is a magnet for theives, or do not want to risk the bucks for a small profit.

4. EBay is getting a few of the better items now, but not many. What Ebay is doing is educating dealers as to what silver is really worth. "Golly Jethro, I didn't know that nutmeg graters were worth $700. each. We ought to raise the prices on ours", is getting to be more the norm than the exception.

5. A lot of collectors are lazy or have higher priorities. They shop the second day of a show and still expect the goodies to be there. Yeah.. Like that will happen! Call the dealer ahead of time and ask them what they have you might be interested in. Arrange to see it as early in the show as possibe, or meet them in the parking lot during set up. I've done it...It works!

All for now.

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Sgt. Silver
iconnumber posted 05-03-1999 04:01 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since we silver folk are not that common, we know some whose spouses, children and friends come to shows only because they know there are things other than silver. It might make it difficult to have their company.

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Cheryl and Richard

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iconnumber posted 05-09-1999 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cheryl and Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a long time collector of silver jewelry, with an off-and-on interest in holloware, I am intrigued that the apparent assumption of the previous commentators is that a silver show would focus on flatware. And there is nothing that says that a silver focus in a show should mean that nothing but silver would be exhibited -- as a "jewelry person", I am a happy camper when a dealer has one or two cases of silver jewelry in amongst other mechandise. It strikes me that a show with a strong silver orientation has the possibility of attracting a fairly broad range of merchandise to appeal to a larger range of buyers and exhibitors, while still maintaining a silver emphasis.

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