April Antique Trader sweepstakes winner announced

This week’s column by Wayne Jordan touches on an issue many dealers will be faced with in the near future.

Jordan’s background as an auctioneer gives him a unique opportunity on the mindset of antiques dealers who have decided to ‘retire.’ His advice on how a dealer can best prepare his or her estate will be valuable for anyone planning their next stage. Many dealers I know end up closing their shop, selling their inventory at auction and following the sun via the show circuit. Jordan offers dealers some practical advice on how a dealer can sell both their shop and the inventory, which during the current market is as good as money in the bank.

[CLICK HERE to read Jordan's column.]

Antique Trader Appraisal Fair

Don’t miss pages 22-21 in this week’s issue. [CLICK HERE to read the announcement.] We announce the first Antique Trader Appraisal Fair at Chicago’s Randolph Street Market, May 29-30. The Memorial Day season opener is one of the biggest events of the entire year for the group. Every ticket holder is entitled to a free appraisal of their treasures.

We’d be glad if you’d show up, introduce yourself and get a free appraisal from one of the experts we’ll have on hand. The event features up to 300 dealers exhibiting inside and outside Chicago’s historic Plumber’s Hall, 1300 West Randolph Street.

We have a winner

Lucky winner Kevin Wahr of Anchorage, Ak., will receive a copy of Vintage Wristwatches by Reyne Haines, 2009, Krause Publications. Wahr was randomly chosen from more than 5,000 entries logged during the month of April. May’s contest offers a library of titles in honor of our veterans. Details are on page 7.

— Eric Bradley

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