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iconnumber posted 12-16-1999 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know about you, but I have a hard time enjoying really big antique shows (500+ dealers). Basically, what drives me crazy is either
A.) Browsing through miles of booths, but finding nothing both interesting AND affordable.
B.) Browsing through hundreds of objects so good you can't decide what to buy!

For me, the Hillsborough Antique Show, which is held 3 times a year in San Mateo, CA is defintiely an A. There are always a number of spectacular things, but they are always priced high. It is strange to see thousands and thousands of wonderful objects, but only want AND be able to buy 2 or 3. At two separate Hillsborough shows, I ended up buying from the same dealer, and he was always the farthest booth from the entrance (i.e. the last booth I visited)!

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, on the other hand, is definitely a B. I saw so many items of top quality this year that I suffered from beauty fatigue. It is awful when you spend only a few seconds glancing over a booth stocked with spectacular silver because you still have about 100 more booths of great silver to go. What's a collector to do? Do you spend all your collecting budget for the year in one weekend? If not, how do you decide what is the best thing to buy? And when you do decide, can you find the booth again?

I'm sorry, but the super shows just wear me out. I can't help going, but I find I really don't enjoy them nearly as much as the more modest shows.

What do you think? Do you love the super shows? If so, how do you decide what to purchase?

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iconnumber posted 12-17-1999 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that the super shows are overwhelming in volume and often in pricing as well. Even the smaller shows knock our socks off with pricing sometimes. What we do to stay within our budget is to make notes of all interesting items as we go. At the end of the show, we find a comfortable place to sit and negotiate what we really want and what we are willing to give up to get it. Sometimes, though, we see something during a show that is either extraordinary value or just so unusual that we know it won't be there later if we leave it. Either way, it's hard to leave some things behind.

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iconnumber posted 08-23-2000 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In doing the Chicago show this past weekend, I realized that the big shows (this one boasted about 1000 dealers) really are hard to pass up. They can wear you out, but there is such promise! With that many dealers, you are bound to find something to buy and at the least, you'll see things you just don't see anywhere else. The trick is to give yourself enough time to cover everything.

The advent of the internet is shrinking the size and scope of all of the old shows we know and love. I hope they stay viable, though because there is such excitement going to the shows mingling with dealers, collectors, novices and great stuff!

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