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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,