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Friday, September 30, 2011

Texas, Rhinebeck & Deerfield

Hope to see some of you at upcoming shows- Round Top has been an absolute scorcher with temps well over 100 degrees but plenty of cool beverages to help keep it reasonably tolerable. Planning on being in New England next weekend to cover Rhinebeck and Deerfield. Will take pics and share.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Redefining good and great.

We are constantly subjected by the words "good" and "great" in the business. They are overused terms that have come to mean things that often cause a basic mis-understanding of the very nature of what we do. There is a pandemic with both of these terms that illustrates the conundrum that we find ourselves trying to escape. That is a great cupboard. He or she is a very good dealer. That is a great auction house. The prices were very good. We tend to associate the words good and great with expensive, rare, museum quality, high end and various other words. I had a discussion with a dealer the other day about what these terms mean in today's world. What we came up with, although just our opinions, more accurately reflect the new world we find ourselves living in: A good/great dealer is someone who keeps customers happy by providing unique objects that customers value at prices they can afford with honesty and integrity- regardless of the price level at which they operate. A good/great customer is someone who chooses to use discretionary income on antiques and in turn helps dealer operate their business. A good/great show is a place where customers/dealers can get together and exchange goods for cash- regardless of price level. A good/great antique is an object that is as represented, has an intrinsic value based upon, form, function, aesthetics, intended or repurposed use or the fact it just looks good- regardless of price.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Extravaganza Photo Contest

Don't forget to bring you camera to this weekend's show in Springfield. The five best photos will receive a pair of season passes for 2012. Either submit them via our Facebook group or email to Capture the fun, excitment and good times of the show!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Attempt at humor-

Top 10 things to do before this weekend’s Springfield Extravaganza from the home office in Terre Haute, Indiana

10. Check supply of comfortable shoes and clean socks.
9. Stop eating now so you will be hungry for something wonderful from our food vendors.
8. Clean out your house and storage areas to be prepared for the new stuff you are sure to find.
7. Stop all discretionary spending until next Friday.
6. Double check hotel reservations.
5. Convince someone new to come along- always more fun with friends.
4. Concoct a series of plausible explanations as to the origin of new purchases for your family:
“Honey, where on earth did this life sized stuffed giraffe come from?”
3. Call ahead to the authorities and warn them that even though your family will likely be reporting you missing, you’ll simply be at the Springfield Extravaganza longer than anticipated.
2. Stop checking the weather forecast- one word “PERFECT”
1. Prepare to be amazed!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Harwinton Photos

A few Harwinton photos-enjoy and remember that a few of these were taken when Graham took the camera.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fast forward- Brimfield to Springfield

This time of year is usually chaotic at best. The photo above is Graham at the dry portion of Brimfield. For those of you who haven't heard, raincoats were a must. Have plenty to share from Harwinton, Brimfield and gearing up for a great Extravaganza next weekend.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Harwinton- now Brimfield

Will talk at length about Harwinton later this week. Suffice it to say we were very pleased with the show and are more excited than ever about our new home and the future of the show. Photos, recaps and thank-you's later- on to Brimfield today. Raincoats anyone???

Thursday, September 1, 2011

All signs point to Harwinton

Despite news to the contrary- the Harwinton Antiques and Design Weekend is on for this weekend. Hope to see you all there.