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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Working on websites

Added some new bells and whistles to the www.springfieldantiqueshow.com website today and preparing for an entirely new site for Harwinton/Farmington. This is the only place where you can get the fascinating behind the scenes look at the thrilling world of antique show management. Stay tuned for more excitement.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This just in- "selling booths is fun".

Okay, for many that may seem like an obvious statement. But the amount of time I actually get to sell spaces for shows is a lot less than I would like. When you have shows coming up that dealers and customers are excited about (April & May Springfield and June Harwinton) the other tasks that it takes to produce the show take a large portion of your time. In the last few days, I've actually had a decent amount of time to book dealers and get reminded that the selling process is actually fun. Enjoy the update Harwinton vendor list below.

Connecticut
Acorn Antiques
Aged to Perfection Antiques
Albert Joseph & Co.
Andrij Roman Antiques
Beverly Dutton Antiques
Bill Scott's Antiques
Bob Kretchko Antiques
Bryne Wippick
by Ann Marsh
Charles Antiques
Chelsea Hill Antiques
Country Christmas
Country Peddler Antiques
Dee's Antiques
Diane Belford
Easter Hill Antiques
Erica Haba
Higganum House Antiques
J & T Antiques
James Koester
John's Unusual Stuff
Joseph Collins
JP Morgan Antiques
Karen Redinger
Little Journey's Antiques
Mad River Antiques
Marion Scully Antiques
Mason Antiques
Mike & Beth Ringo
Moldies-R-Goldies
Nancy Fishelson
Noble Peddler
Old Lamps and Things
Paul & Karen Wendheiser
Phyllis Pasternak Collectibles
Pottles & Pannikins
Robert T. Baranowsky
Ryan's Antiques
School House Antiques
Storb Antiques
Stu Magdefrau
Susanne Edgerly
Swank Pearce Collections
Tither & Sears
Two of a Kind
Two Sides of a River Antiques
Vintage Couture Jewelry
Virginia Kausel
Florida
Marie Miller
Illinois
Munday & Munday
Indiana
Don & Marta Orwig
Hawkins Quilts
Massachussetts
1843 House
Antique Prints
Art & Antique Gallery
Ashley Antiques
Buckboard Antiques
Cheftiques
Chip Neschke
Country Squire Antiques
DBR Antiques- Doug Ramsay
Desjardins Antiques
Dudley Hill Antiques
Hartman House Antiques
Kay Baker Antiques
Kingston Bay Gallery
Lepore Antiques
Matt King
McKenna Antiques
Nancy Kasting
Nellatiques
Nipper's Choice
Nook 'n' Cranny Antiques
Quelle Surprise
R. A. DiFillipo Antiques
Red Barn Antiques
Victor Weinblatt
Victorian Rose
Wenham Cross Antiques
Maryland
Country Treasures
Judith Lesser
Maine
David Allan Ramsay
Heritage Antiques
John Lord
Memory Lane Antiques
Milady's Linens and Lace
Rubley Antiques
T & F Trunks
Tom Joseph
Vos Antiques
Michigan
Worden Select Objects
North Carolina
Lavender & Old Lace
Snow Leopard Antiques
Sport & Spool Antiques
New Hampshire
Benting & Jarvis
P-B Antiques
Thomas R. Longacre
Thymes Remembered
New Jersey
CBC Antiques
Colony Farm Antiques
Colophon Books
Mars-Most Antiques
Peter & Claire Ringel
Sugar Princess
What Once Was
New York
Andy's Antiques
Artifacts
Collection Agency Antiques
Colliersville Cottage Antiques
Concept Rugs
Daphne
Dave & Bonnie Ferriss
David Lowe
David Zabriskie
Dennis & Valerie Bakoledis
Etcetera, Etc.
Hands All Around
Home Farm Antiques
J & G Antiques
J & J of Tucson
John Gould Antiques
John Lidowski
Judith & James Milne
Mario Pollo
Marliyn Saland Antiques
Mary Ann Stikas
Michele Fox
Midge Edwards
Missing Link Antiques
Moses' Antiques
Rose Garden Antiques & Design
South Road Antiques
The Backroads Collection
Yesterday's Dreams
Your Grandma Had It
Ohio
Mark Morris
Nancy & Craig Cheney Antiques
Pennsylvania
Arlene Rabin
Auerbach & Maffia
Bonkey's
Finish Line Collectibles
Jim Hirshemier
Mapleside Antiques
Marty Schneider Antiques
Roland & Betsy Dallaire
Steve Smoot Antiques
Vintage Matters
Rhode Island
Karen Stewart
Tennessee
David & Kim Leggett
Virginia
A Classic Touch
Vermont
Marie Miller
Nancy Hagen Antiques
Otto & Susan Hart
The Jewelry Lady

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Catching a weather break.

The March Springfield Show is next weekend, and always present an interesting situation with the weather. Nice weather can mean as many as 100 outdoor vendors, poor weather can mean 0. Just checked the forecast which is calling for weather to be beautiful, outside dealers, come on out.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Good News!

Despite rumors to the contrary, show scheduling always has much more to do with facilities rather than promoters intentionally scheduling on dates to compete with other venues. Just got some good news, for the first time in recent memory our October Nashville shows (October 27-29) don't conflict with the Burk's York Show and Barn Star's Fall Hartford Show (September 17-18). Now dealers and customers who would like to enjoy all three can.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

They're coming from far and wide.

Updated Harwinton Antiques & Design Weekend vendor list for the June show. Enjoy or join!

Arizona
J & J of Tucson
Connecticut
Acorn Antiques
Aged to Perfection Antiques
Albert Joseph & Co.
Andrij Roman Antiques
Beverly Dutton Antiques
Bill Scott's Antiques
Bob Kretchko Antiques
Bryne Wippick
by Ann Marsh
Charles Antiques
Chelsea Hill Antiques
Country Christmas
Country Peddler Antiques
Dee's Antiques
Diane Belford
Easter Hill Antiques
Higganum House Antiques
Horizon Antiques
J & T Antiques
James Koester
John's Unusual Stuff
JP Morgan Antiques
Little Journey's Antiques
Mad River Antiques
Marion Scully Antiques
Mason Antiques
Moldies-R-Goldies
Nancy Fishelson
Noble Peddler
Old Lamps and Things
Paul & Karen Wendheiser
Phyllis Pasternak Collectibles
Pottles & Pannikins
Robert T. Baranowsky
Ryan's Antiques
School House Antiques
Storb Antiques
Stu Magdefrau
Susanne Edgerly
Swank Pearce Collections
Tither & Sears
Two of a Kind
Two Sides of a River Antiques
Vintage Couture Jewelry
Virginia Kausel
Illinois
Munday & Munday
Indiana
Don & Marta Orwig
Hawkins Quilts
Massachussetts
1843 House
Antique Prints
Art & Antique Gallery
Ashley Antiques
Buckboard Antiques
Cheftiques
Chip Neschke
Country Squire Antiques
Desjardins Antiques
DBR Antiques-Doug Ramsay
Dudley Hill Antiques
Hartman House Antiques
Kay Baker Antiques
Kingston Bay Gallery
Lepore Antiques
Matt King
McKenna Antiques
Nellatiques
Nipper's Choice
Nook 'n' Cranny Antiques
Quelle Surprise
R. A. DiFillipo Antiques
Red Barn Antiques
Victor Weinblatt
Victorian Rose
Wenham Cross Antiques
Maryland
Country Treasures
Antiques from Home
Maine
David Allan Ramsay
Heritage Antiques
John Lord
Memory Lane Antiques
Milady's Linens and Lace
Rubley Antiques
T & F Trunks
Vos Antiques
Michigan
Worden Select Objects
North Carolina
Donna Shannon
Sport & Spool Antiques
New Hampshire
Benting & Jarvis
P-B Antiques
Thomas R. Longacre
Thymes Remembered
New Jersey
CBC Antiques
Colony Farm Antiques
Colophon Books
Grandma Had It
Hollywood & Vine
Mars-Most Antiques
Mike & Beth Ringo
Peter & Claire Ringel
Sugar Princess
What Once Was
New York
Andy's Antiques
Artifacts
Collection Agency Antiques
Colliersville Cottage Antiques
Daphne
David Zabriskie
Dennis & Valerie Bakoledis
Home Farm Antiques
J & G Antiques
John Gould Antiques
Judith & James Milne
Marilyn Saland Antiques
Mario Pollo
Missing Link Antiques
Moses' Antiques
Rose Garden Antiques & Design
South Road Antiques
The Backroads Collection
Yesterday's Dreams
Ohio
Mark Morris
Nancy & Craig Cheney Antiques
Pennsylvania
Arlene Rabin
Auerbach & Maffia
Bonkey's
Cid Paden
Jim Hirshemier
Marty Schneider Antiques
Roland & Betsy Dallaire
Steve Smoot Antiques
Vintage Matters
Tennessee
David & Kim Leggett
Virginia
A Classic Touch
Vermont
Marie Miller
Nancy Hagen Antiques
Otto & Susan Hart
The Jewelry Lady

It's a small world.

Great blog post on the cow at Music Valley-


http://amusingthezillion.com/2011/03/09/inexhaustible-cows-bottomless-cups-of-chocolate-milk/

Sunday, March 6, 2011

What's up with next weekend??

There are 52 weekends per year- throw out a couple with holidays and I still wonder- why is every show in the world next weekend? Trying to cover them is a chore. Here is what we are trying to cover next weekend-

1. The Pier in New York
2. Spring Hartford Show
3. Scott's in Atlanta
4. Indianapolis Art & Antique Show
5. Two Shows in Arthur, Illinois
6. Fox Valley in Suburban Chicago.

There are limits to what we'll try, but these are all on the schedule- wish us luck.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bloggers Block

One of the things I run into after a large show is a healthy dose of bloggers block. So many pre-show blog posts have left me with nothing much to say. I will say that this February's Tailgate and Music Valley were judged to be a success by most criteria that we have available. By no mean does this mean every dealer and customer were thrilled, but most seemed happy, enthused and encouraged. The scheduling with Heart of Country was one factor that led to increased gates, but we also made significant progress with attracting local customers (our biggest challenge) through the use of Groupon, Style Blueprint, Facebook, Yelp and this blog along significant local grass roots marketing. The nice thing about this is we are just scratching the surface of these methods, which bodes well for October and future shows. Back to resting and talk to you soon.