This week serves as a reminder that we are all very directly connected in the antiques business. Starting out this weekend, we host perhaps our most humble, grass roots event of the year, the January Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market. It truly exemplifies the rebirth of the annual market. Springfield slowly grows through the year until it reaches it peak at the May and September shows.
A few days from now, we will travel to "Antiques Week in New York", the annual happening that attracts all the movers and shakers in the business. High end doesn't begin to describe the offerings (although there is plenty of range to the shows as well).
Several years ago, a Springfield dealer was shopping at a show and purchased a piece from a dealer at the "top of the foodchain" who only exhibits in New York, Philadelphia and Manchester, NH. The item purchased had made the rounds so to speak, and it was priced accordingly. Still nearly $10,000, but significantly less than it might have been in New York.
This piece came to the May Extravaganza, and was sold for a very nice profit. It would shock many to know that the item that didn't sell at the highest end shows in the country found a happy new home at humble Springfield. Remember, that despite some perceptions to the contrary, we are all strangely connected.