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Auction – June 12th – 14th, 2010
Featuring American Western Paintings, Wilson “Snowflake: Bentley Photomicrographs, English and Continental Works of Art, Fine American Antique Furniture, English Furniture including Chests and Grandfather Clock, Continental and American Paperweights, American and English Sterling Silver, Continental Bronze and Sculpture, Selection of Minerals, Oriental Carpets, Fine Jewelry including Platinum, Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Gemstones, Black Coral, South Sea Pearls, Designer Watches and Much More.
What sets them apart? A few things actually:
- The number of dealers: If you’ve seen everything in an hour, the show’s either new, or it’s a bust. Size matters.
- The type of merchandise: Shoppers need a lot of eye candy. No one hitting an “antique market” wants to see a bunch of new merchandise they can get at TJ Maxx or Restoration Hardware. If you have to have newer merchandise, separate the dealers. Put newer more “decorative” dealers in one area and the other area should be all antique/vintage dealers. Shoppers never like to have to wade through the new to find the old.
- The show promoter: What does he/she have to do with anything other than to sell booth rent and tickets? Plenty! Their marketing efforts to get dealers to sell at their venue for one. And those same marketing efforts to keep said dealers by bringing in tons of buyers. Lots of buyers + lots of dealers = Lots of sales and return visitors.
I wanted to highlight a GREAT antique market for everyone out on the West coast (and those of you considering a trip).
Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Faire
The show happens once a month, and last weekend was tremendous! They had 800 dealers setup, and 10,100 attendees and they were carrying lots of bags out the door. That tells me there were lots of great items to be had!
If you missed last weekend’s event, their next show is July 4th, and then August 1st, September 5th and October 3rd.
And if you do attend, I want to hear about it. Tell them Picking with Reyne Haines sent ya!
Do you have a favorite antique market? Tell me about it here! I also love hearing about your flea market and antique market finds.
20th Century Decorative Arts
June 15th, 2010 New York
Sale Date: June 24th, 2010 Time: 7:00 pm – Auction to be held on site
The catalogue is available for viewing at: www.liveauctioneers.com
Preview: June 19th and 21st - June 24th , 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: 2 E. Palisade Avenue, Englewood, N.J.
tel. 201 567.0288 fax. 201 567.4399
|Auction of Secondhand Jewellery & Watches|
|Thursday 10th June at 10.30am|
I felt like that yesterday. Like most, I’m always looking for the next bargain. I’m always thinking, I should be hitting all the flea markets at 5am, finding out what are the new merchandise days at the thrifts, and scouring the online auction listings at the small houses because stuff slips through the cracks.
Those are the obvious, yet not so obvious places to find great stuff. I think the hunt for those elusive items is what keeps us so excited about this business. You just never know what you will find, and where.
So yesterday I am out with my friend for lunch when she suggests we head over to this antique mall in town that I had not yet gone to. I had heard it was nicer than some of the others in town, but it was having trouble filling all the booth space. When I hear nicer, I immediately think, “overpriced”.
But who am I to turn down a request by a friend to look at antiques?
We walked through the door and immediately there was a display of fine art glass. My kind of stuff, but eek…the price tags were for the year 2050. Do people really want to sell their wares, or are they just for our viewing pleasure?
There was a great array of fine porcelain and my friend bought a beautiful Victorian rattle for her daughter.
While we were walking around I spotted a modern item in one of the booths that I know is going to haunt me. You know what I mean by haunt…you leave without it, and you think about it, over and over. (Which means I’ll be going back and buying it this weekend)!
I would be perfect for my new book on decorating with antiques. It’s not antique though. Which leads me to another pet peeve; antique stores/malls that carry new items. Why do you do this? What is it you don’t understand about the word “antique”. Mind you, vintage is acceptable, but new?
Ok so why am I thinking about this item? Because it was cool. It was a centerpiece for a large hall table or dining room table. It had a square base with a large round sculpture on top. It was made of wood branches and shaped into a sphere. Price: $395.00 which means I could possibly get it for $350.00
Secondly, I found the coolest modernism pendant. A large, round black disk with a single thick silver vertical stripe going up and down the center. The tag said Miriam Haskell. I don’t think that is who made it, but it was cool. Priced at $200.00
Finally, there was a pair of small white birdcages, probably Victorian era, priced at $45 ea. I hadn’t talked about my obsession with birdcages just yet, but in my upcoming videos on picking, you’ll see one I recently saw at the Urban Market that caught my attention. A white two story Victorian era cage, arched top, wooden, with disco balls hanging from the center. I’m not a big fan of disco, but I have to admit, that would make quite the conversation piece for a room. I’ve thought about it ever since.
I’m not sure what I would do with those pair I saw at the antique mall either. Perhaps I am thinking about a new collection!