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Hi all, I have the wacky notion to organize our 5-6 best shops in our small berg here in FL to put on a quality antiques show. We have one sponsored at our museum but the promoter excludes local dealers with the illogic of 'who would pay $20 to see thing they can see for free?'. He really wants to segregate locals from undermining his out-of-towner show. And many dealer's are only from 1-2 hours away so to us, they are competition in our small (18000 pop.) town considering the annual amount of antiques sales.  There's also the odd concept of bragging rights of 'Oh, I found this piece in Atlanta/NY/LA/DC) vs "Oh I found it up the street...." I found this to be true in Orlando back in the 70s. NO one wnated to brag about their multi thousand $ piece from a local.

We are a wealthy snow-bird town, quadrupling in size for 4 months in winter. I'd like to have a weekend show with our local dealers, usually cordially,  casually competitive and precede the main show by a week or so. The other show times itself within a week or 2 or the flock returning on Jan 2nd so maybe a New Year's weekend show.

Anyone ever put on a show? All 5 of us would have to organize it and a venue might be a challenge. So promoters pay a rental fee or is the traffic benefit enough for the venue, depending upon where it is I imagine. 

We do have a twice annual outdoor and indoor huge show on the outskirts of town but that for a different crowd-more garage sale-y.

Any input would be appreciated. Cheers,


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Comment by House of Charm Antiques Southinc on January 6, 2016 at 12:58pm

Thanks for the input, Tom. I can only imagine the labor involved-24/7 likely. Our annual one at the museum has no food but is high-end and does very well although it seems to be shrinking a bit.

Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on January 6, 2016 at 12:06pm

Hey Jeff, I asked Google the same question, How do I put on an "antique show"? and there is an abundance of very good information. Essentially you'll need a place, food, bathroom facilities, security, signage and advertising, cleaning/sanitation services, and permits. And lots of help. Possibly donate 10% to local charity, food bank, homeless shelter,etc. in return get FREE tv/radio/news advertising.

Good luck!

Comment by House of Charm Antiques Southinc on July 27, 2015 at 10:10pm

Nice buy! Enjoy it, I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth...!

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