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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Joe Cardetti, Game On



What were you doing 43 years ago? Joe Cardetti was buying and selling antiques. So, when he told me that he’d seen lots of fads (in decorating and antiques) come and go and that he’d weathered the economic highs and lows of the business over those years, I believed him. The owner of Kracker Barrel Antiques, he’s from St. James, Missouri, “right in the middle of the state”. Joe deals in American Country and his specialty is folk art with an emphasis on silhouettes, lighting, portraits and great handcrafted smalls and “that tell a story”.
Joe’s a twelve year veteran of the Tailgate Show and he’s quick to share his thoughts about the upcoming Nashville Week. “Knowledgeable”! In a word, that’s how he describes the customers the shows attract. “You get a quality of buyer you don’t find at other shows”. Of course that means you’ll also find a quality of merchandise you won’t find at other shows. He explained that 80% of the shoppers who come to the Tailgate and Music Valley shows drive for more than two hours to attend. “That makes it a destination” and they come to buy. Because of this, he believes the dealers will be bringing some of the very best antiques the country has to offer. Cardetti proclaims that as far as dealers are concerned, the upcoming Nashville Week “is gonna be game on”.

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