Howdy folks. We made it through Day One of the March 2008 Atlantique City Antiques Show and, if I may speak for the staff and crew of Atlantique City – and I reckon that I can – Day one was pretty fantastic.
By the 9 a.m. early opening we had at least 2000 people lined up outside the door, many of them grabbing copies of Antique Trader and our various publications at the show, and the trafic flow was steady all day. While official numbers aren’t available yet, I’d say we had at least 5,000 people come through the convention center and they seemed interesting. Quality is high, and uniform, and we heard some good comments from dealers.
The appraisal event went very well, too, highlighted by a superb Judy Garland dress, straight off the MGM lot, that ended up in – of all places – Milwaukee, WI. We have to wait and see if the pics cvame out, but I’ll post them if I will.
At the end of the day we also hosted a gathering to fete Ellen Schroy and thank her for all her hard work – 28 years worth – on the Warman’s Price Guide. Nice stuff, and Ellen is a great lady. She’ll be missed on Warman’s, but it’s a good opportunity for Trader to get her byline in the paper, as we did with the 4/9 issue.
Sunday is usually a bit slower at shows, but there can be some serious buying going on, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for our dealers and ourselves, for a good day today, a smooth load-out tonight, and a nice easy flight home tomorrow morning. Last October we got delayed in Philly for 12 hours. Yuck.
Looking forward to getting home, getting back to work and regular blogging, and seeing my family. I love the East Coast, and have a lot of good memories from these shows and my childhood summers spent here, but I want to get back to Stevens Point, WI – wide open spaces, nice people and great beer – and get back in the swing of day-to-day life and work.
See you there.