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I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with it but I'll try this...

The New England Journal of Antiques magazine has, for some months, been trying to get some air under the "Antiques Are Green" movement.
This is, in a nutshell, an attempt to get younger people to look at antiques in a new way. They've even created a logo which is downloadable at
www.antiquesjournal.com
along with, I believe, an explaination of the entire premise.
I'm thinking this won't change the way kids think about antiques at all. I think there are a lot of baby boomers here who may recall, during the "British Invasion", a lot of American bands tried to sing, and look, like the Beatles, or Rolling Stones. Did you buy into that? I'd bet not.
I just don't think a slogan and t-shirtable logo is going to help the "old fuddy-duddy" image that much of the under 40 group have of us and our antiques.

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Comment by Les Beyer on May 1, 2009 at 12:40pm
Thank you TVH. In these difficult times I try, when I can, to keep things light.
Comment by Kymberly King on May 1, 2009 at 9:50am
Hi there Les, I like your blog post and enjoy reading your entries.
Comment by Les Beyer on April 15, 2009 at 1:49pm
Well thanks Oralei.
I'm still a bit mystified what a blog is for.
lol
Comment by Oralei on April 14, 2009 at 2:25am
Nice blog Les.
Comment by Oralei on April 14, 2009 at 2:25am
Here I thought "green spot" was all about money. Like spot me a "$5". Guess it covers both. Smart thinking on the name. Now if he'll just get rid of his celery sticking outta the bag. :). Hi Vince.
Comment by Les Beyer on February 6, 2009 at 3:54pm
Ah, Vince, now I get "Green Spot".
I can see antiques + green + internet = youthful interest. I'm not so sure how it would work without the addition of the internet. The Journal's take is, we should all display the "Antiques Are Green" logo in our mall booth, or antique show... what ever. Sure, we can do that but what is going to bring the youth close enough to read the sign? They're just driving past in the car listening to tunes on the pod... thing. That is what I don't understand about it.

Mike your point is well taken. What we sell is a luxury. Many, many people are struggling to buy bread and milk. There is no way they can afford antiques.
At my last show so many of the other dealers were complaining about the public turn-out. They blamed the show promoters, the lack of "quality" dealers, the weather, and George Bush. Well, all of these things may have been factors but I was quite happy that anyone showed up. I covered my rent, bought some lunch and went home with a few $$. I'm in the black, a little. I'm happy. Things will get better. Maybe not as soon as we hope but, eventually.
Yeah, a Bicentennial would be great! Throw in a big event like a "Roots" mini-series with all those antiques in the background. Wait... I've got it. Have the contestants for American Idol dress in colonial and victorian clothing and let the judges sit on... uh, Windsor chairs behind roll-top desks.
That might work.
Comment by Michael Bathrick on February 6, 2009 at 3:12pm
I started collecting antiques when I was in my teens back in the 1970's. At that time, I was one of the few collectors in my age range. Most collectors were in the 40+ range at the time. I really am not seeing a difference in age between collectors of the 1970's and today. 40 seems to be the conversion age for collectors.

I am not as concerned with age as I am with the dropping average income - less money out there = fewer sales. As the middle class loses buying power, less money is available for spending on luxuries like antiques. The under 40 group will sooner or later be the over 40 group and join us. Unless of course we have another Bicentennial. Perhaps we should start pushing for a Semiquincentennial (250) celebration. That should improve business in about 20 years. We missed the Biquasquicentennial already...OK, maybe this isn't going to be that easy...

Mike

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