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Zany characters, people of interest and the rallying cry
September 15 - October 8, 2017*
NOTE: Several venues have changed their traditional show dates for the fall 2017 season. See links to specific shows and fields (listed on the left hand side of each town) for exact dates of individual locations.
For more info please call Suzy Kirchberg:
Cell phone: 979-966-7820
La Grange office: 979-249-4149
NOTICE: New advertiser deadline for the fall 2017 edition is July 15, 2017.
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After 12 years producing Show Daily, and 19 years participating in this wonderful event, I have come to the conclusion that whats trending in America and what is happening in the world at large -- in almost every aspect, whether at war or peace, prosperity or recession, in fashion or in politics -- is in many ways a thermometer of how goes it here during Texas Antiques Week.
The question is not so much the bottom line conclusion of: Will we have a great show or will it be a poor one. That question I can categorically answer. Every show is a great show.
In the end, millions of dollars exchange hands. Tons of food, beverages and happy times are expended. Some will comment that it was a slower show. For others, their best show ever. When the economy is weak, less people flow through the fields and show areas, but those few often buy enough to make up for the no-shows. On the flip side, during good economic times we get record crowds with many buying, and again have another successful show.
Many Show Daily friends regularly share their experiences with us, solicited or not. Some have sales in excess of 50, 75 or 100 thousand dollars and say their show was substandard. As our good friend, G.A., from Hillsville, Virginia, would respond, Well, shoot, throw me in a briar patch. Others, with total sales averaging five thousand bucks, are as happy as pigs in mud.
The current reading Im getting, and the measure I always look for, is in the mind-set and mood of vendors as they start to make their way here and prepare their beachhead for this springs show.
A lot of attention is on whats happening as we come into another election year. Not so much because we deeply care about our candidates, but because we are so much more aware of the causes of the current recession, of the state of joblessness in America, and of the markets tailspins. All of this has a direct affect on us, and is reflected in our mood.
Are the big collectors finally ready to come and spend some money? Will enough buyers come into my booth? Did I buy the right stuff with the right room in it to make a lick? Will I be able to make my mortgage payment? Will I be able to cover my checks? These are not uncommon questions during such times.
Clearly, we see the conflict between the Tea Bag party and the Occupy movement -- between red state vs. blue state, one percenters vs. the ninty-niners. The parallels between the state of the country and happenings here could not be clearer. That too effects how we feel.
The Antiques Week community has been appearing biannually since 1967. It is a microcosm of America; indeed it is a microcosm of the world.
Show promoters from one side of the map (red state) liken the shows on the other side of the map (blue state) as the street urchin venders, the underbelly, the gypsies as it were. Their customers neednt bother to visit that side of the tracks. Tsk& perish the thought!
Of course, it is no insiders secret that top rate dealers from some of the big ticket shows come a week early and scour the gypsy fields, making remarkable finds with incredible profits. Such is the sometimes uncomfortable harmony that will always exist in this community. The blue state will always thrive as long as there is a red state market, and vice versa. Just as in the world around us, the two sides are linked.
Dealers with sellers remorse should not complain. Perhaps they need to do their homework. Many do. I have witnessed numerous who started in this noble business working out of the trunk of their car. Slowly, they work their way up to a rickety pickup, then a trailer, and through diligent hunting, research, study and endurance -- sometimes on a diet of rice and beans -- they go on to oversee mega-dollar shows in less time than it would take many to finish a two-year crash course in college. Mistakes are part of the learning curve.
Most belonging to the ninty-niners group tell me that while they do not form part of the 1%, they are at least in the top 50%. What a positive frame of mind.
Are we not watching American Pickers? See what they do wrong? Are we not watching Pawn Stars? See what they do right?
The Pickers are always looking for the rock bottom price. They bundle, they plead, they cajole and bargain for junk that is questionable anybody would really buy. No customer that I have would, Im sure. (I know, I know. Someones trash is&) I cant believe the endless miles they drive to come back with a few old dirty oil cans and some unidentified rusty bicycle parts. Heavily scripted plot, no doubt.
Pawn Stars, on the other hand, is lesson learned. They seldom, if ever, broker a pawn deal in the blind. They would rather do right by the seller, wait for an expert to weigh in on its value and make sure of their decision -- many times netting the customer much more money than what they originally wanted.
As the old man would say, A satisfied customer will send me customers for the next ten years. Thats good marketing.
This new Texas Antiques Week show cycle is gearing to launch. What number it is? I dont know if anybody is really keeping track. We are too busy tuning our engines, checking the stars, and waxing our boards. We can hardly wait to see our old buddies and catch up with the new details of -- gosh, I forgot already.
Sharing is really all that matters, pulling together as a community rather than drawing lines in the sand.
We have rounded up some of the usual suspects, zany characters and persons of interest for this issue, and they have come forward with their rallying cries. In the spirit of good journalism (and community gossip column), I beg for your input too.
As every single one of us works together to make life better, may we just all win together. Good luck!
Show Daily magazine celebrates 12 years of publishing with a limited edition DVD documentary of Antiques Week. The nearly hour long production covers everything from how the show first started over 40 years ago to differnt venues, dealers, treasures, fun things to do, and more. The film retails for $15 and is being sold at locations thoughout the show area (please call 979-966-7820 for sales location information, or contact Show Daily at 512-535-3705 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The film will be aired locally in the near future (see the Show Daily website for updates: www.showdaily.us). Stay tuned!