Some conclusions based on the observation at the Baltimore Antiques Show:
- 1. People are buying
The consensus are by the time the preview party is over, the best deal has gone. But on the third day of the Baltimore Antiques Show, I have spotted quite a few sales. And the sales were NOT limited to any specific category: paintings, furniture, books and even postcards.
- 2. Jewelry dealers approximately take up 15% of the booths.
A similar balance was found at the All Saint’s Antiques Show at Rehoboth Beach. I have never paid attention to them before. But I overheard a conservation between a kid and his father. “Dad, where is mom?” “She is probably looking at jewelry, that’s where she always has been.”
- 3. Dealers are willing to take deeper discount.
For some items, a better discount (more than 10% or 20%) can be arranged.
- 4. Big crowds appeared in the antiques and vintage prints booths.
The unit price of each print may be low, but it seemed that the flow was very constant. The wide range of topics seem to able to please everyone with something he may be interested.
- 5. What are missing?
Victorian furniture. Most of the furniture appear to be in the Queen Anne and Chippendale period with a few empire tables and dressers.
- 6. Buyers are more diverse than higher-end antiques show such as Philadelphia Antiques Show.
I even met a young Asian collector who bought a few dozens of vintage photos. He commented that he preferred photos than stereoview cards because the latter tended to bend and took more space. Yes, space is always a concern for a lot of young collectors.
Also, there were lectures throughout the events. But with such a huge number of dealers plus the lecture happened at different floor, we didn’t make any. I wondered how many attended the lecture when there are things in different rooms that you can touch and learn in person.