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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Appreciate A Dealer Day

Antique Show Customers:

In a previous post, I took a few shots at dealer behavior, but I would also like to point out a few things that you should appreciate when you see a dealer at a show. It takes a tremendous amount of work to buy, sell, travel and display the merchandise you are looking at. A booth at a show represents in many cases months of work. It is a tough, often thankless job that is often underappreciated by customer. Take time occasionally to thank a dealer for a job well done.

Take time to ask questions- most dealers are enthusiastic sharers of knowledge. Sharing information about antiques is good for their business. Next time you see something you like, but are shocked by the price- ask them why? They should be happy to explain why that's the case.
Photo is a Western Tennessee Cupboard by Jelly Cupboard Antiques

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