IOLA, Wis. – Citing the opportunity to build its online collectors
marketplace and launch a Midwest antiques event, F+W Media announced
Aug. 19 the cancellation of its annual Atlantique City Antiques &
Collectibles Show scheduled for March 27-28, 2010.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the current economic environment, we
believe it’s in our best interest not to produce the Atlantique City
event next year and to notify the antiques and collectible community of
our decision now,” said David Blansfield, President, F+W Media. “The
resources within our Antiques & Collectibles team will instead
focus on new opportunities within our changing marketplace, and we’ll
engage with the community about these new initiatives immediately.”
All dealers who signed up in advance for Atlantique City will receive a
full and complete refund of their deposit monies as soon as possible.
Any questions regarding deposits should be addressed to Karen Thulien,
Event Coordinator. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
“There are immediate opportunities for us to produce events in the
Midwest, closer to our core communities, as well as to continue to
develop Collect.com and our Antiques & Collectibles Community
online,” Blansfield added. “Our focus will shift to organically growing
these new businesses.”
Key initiatives include:
• The launch of an antiques and collectibles show co-located at the
Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet, July 8-11, 2010. The Iola Old Car
Show and Swap Meet regularly attracts nearly 100,000 attendees
• Expanding Collect.com
as a worldwide collectors’ marketplace including its comprehensive
prices and research database powered by the Warman’s series price
• Developing Collect.com Auctions as the premier source of sports, antiques, collectibles, entertainment and music memorabilia online auctions.
• Expanding Antique Trader magazine and AntiqueTrader.com through regional reports and market analysis while providing the latest prices and auction news.
Atlantique City, sponsored by Antique Trader magazine, was started in
1986 and quickly grew as one of the nation’s most diverse and largest
indoor antiques and collectibles shows. Hundreds of the nation’s top
dealers exhibited toys, advertising, fine porcelain, glass and
lighting, jewelry and various collectibles.
Krause Publications purchased the show from founder Norman Schaut in
2001. The shows consistently offered as much in entertainment value as
in buying and selling opportunities. Special features have included the
Kennedy Collection, Miss America and Treasures from the Titanic.
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