Monthly antique shows good news for buyers and sellers

It’s a tough economy, but if you have the money, whether you’re in the market for stocks, real estate, or antiques, it’s a buyer’s market. Here’s a great opportunity to exercise that fact … and when you throw in free parking and free admission, it only makes the deal all the better. (The Dec. 4-7 show has free admission.)

Read on …

Charlotte, NC—The Metrolina Tradeshow Expo continues its long-standing
tradition of hosting one of the most extensive, exceptional monthly
antique shows in the region with its new International Collectibles and
Antiques Shows, beginning December 4-7, 2008.

With 98,000 square feet of shopping and more than 2,000 vendors, rare
and unique treasures await show attendees at every turn, including
high-end antiques, home décor items, vintage jewelry, silver, glass,
pottery and ceramics, fine art, toys and memorabilia of all varieties.

Hundreds of experienced, professional antiquities dealers will travel
from across the country to present the finest offerings in the Antique
Village – 13 free-standing ‘storefronts’ presenting the finest quality
crafts, antiques, unfinished and finished furniture, rugs and more.

These monthly shows will also feature the East coast’s largest flea
market, with more than 3,000 outdoor exhibit spaces, offering
one-of-a-kind items at unbelievable prices.

Guests will also find unique riches on Piccadilly Lane, where more than
one hundred permanent vendors display their distinctive wares,
including homemade and gourmet specialty foods and goods, as well as a
variety of food and refreshment vendors to help fortify them as they
shop.

Guests are also encouraged to bring their family antiques and personal
treasures to the spring and fall ‘Classic’ shows, which will include
professional antique appraisals and auctions similar to those found on
the popular television series “Antiques Roadshow”.

Additionally, for the first time in Metrolina’s 30 years of operation,
guests are offered free weekend admission, a $25 value, to the
inaugural International Collectibles and Antiques Show, December 4-7,
2008, as part of the grand opening celebration weekend.

Show schedule:
December 4-7, 2008 – grand opening celebration weekend
January 1-4, 2009
February 5-8, 2009
March 5-8, 2009
April 1-5, 2009 – spring ‘Classic’ show
April 30-May 3, 2009
June 4-7, 2009
July 2-5, 2009
July 30-August 2, 2009
September 3-6, 2009
October 1-4, 2009
November 4-8, 2009 – fall ‘Classic’ show
December 3-6, 2009

Hours:
Monthly shows: Thursday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Classics: Wednesday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Tickets:
FREE for December 4-7, 2008 grand opening celebration weekend

All other monthly shows, excluding ‘Classics': children ages 12 and
under – free admission; general admission – $4, seniors – $2
(Friday-Sunday); early shopper four-day pass available – $15
(Thursday-Sunday)

‘Classics’ admission: children ages 12 and under – free admission;
general admission – $6, seniors – $3 (Friday-Sunday); early shopper
four-day pass available – $20 (Thursday-Sunday); sneak preview,
five-day event pass – $30 (Wednesday-Sunday)

Season pass for all 12 shows, including ‘Classics’ – $45

Parking:
Free parking for all shows

For additional information, visit www.icashows.com, or call 704.663.1500.

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