I just finished reading an article on CNBC about purchasing power and happiness. Turns out consumers are moving away from conspicuous consumption and researchers are discovering that experiences can make you happier than purchases. On the surface this may be bad news for art and antique sales. Me thinks however that antiques are different. There’s a hunt involved, and that’s an experience. There’s history and stories and that’s an experience. Moreover before you write-off antique shows, of the four main business channels–internet, auction, retail stores and shows, it holds the most promise for providing an experience and for providing the social interaction that is at the core of the reason why an experience correlates better with happiness than a purchase.