NEW YORK — The aisles are packed, the atmosphere charged. It’s a hot shopping party and everyone is in on the action. Newlyweds are spotted purchasing a 12-foot long industrial table. (Are they thinking family, or what?) Is that a celebrity checking out the leaded glass Tiffany lamps? (You betcha! In fact, it could be Martha Stewart herself.) And what about that twenty-something style-setter trying on a 1960s cocktail dress? She knows where to find her designer fashion for less.
It’s all happening at those Manhattan phenomena known as the Pier Antiques Show – a real rite of spring for New Yorkers and visitors, who tired of the winter doldrums, have already begun the count down to Daylight Savings Time. The spring edition of the Pier Antiques Show comes again to Pier 94, March 13-14, 2010. And what better place to buy — whether it’s vintage fashion or a beautiful formal dining set — than the show that has it all.
Witness this at closing hour: carts piled high with treasures too bulky to carry, heading towards the exit doors; a gilt-framed oil painting tucked under an arm; a sleepy child in a stroller draped with shopping bags, an SUV loaded with a ‘50s dinette set. Such diversity — and such quality at prices you can afford.
A day is not enough to take in all of the offerings of 500 sellers. It’s just like a child who won’t get to sleep at night because he doesn’t want to miss a thing. You come back on day two for more. The Pier Antiques Show is a veritable trove of unique items, from under $20 to $20,000 that are fresh to each show. The Pier Antiques Show keeps reinventing itself, with each season more exciting than the last.
What to look forward to at the spring edition? Check out the booths filled with industrial furnishings — one company’s scrap becomes a trendsetter’s treasure. Those metal work tables, cabinets, lamps, steel carts and shelving units from abandoned warehouses, factories and government buildings have been recycled into sleek, sophisticated furniture for today’s hip, modern dwelling. And, it’s a trend that shows no signs of abating.
At this spring’s Pier Antiques Show you’ll experience the “Second Wave” of industrial design – fascinating large industrial objects that now become either art, or serviceable furnishings such as dining room or cocktail tables, polished up metal apothecary cabinets as armoires for bath or bedroom. Best of all, this trend is the perfect way to go green – a smart and clever way to be earth friendly with style.
Increasingly, young shoppers are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to their snap-plastic furniture and are finding them at that new trendy place to shop: the antique show. Well-crafted furniture from the mid-20th century is a favorite with this younger set due to its winning formula of simple lines and beautiful craftsmanship. Even if it costs more than the furniture available at retail giants, this furniture will last several years rather than several months – giving more value for the dollar.
The Pier Antiques Show is also a wonderful resource for the decorative arts. Choose from an outstanding selection of lighting, paintings, art pottery, textiles, silver, china, glass, posters, prints, rare books, folk art – everything you need to add beauty and distinction to your environment.
Treating yourself to something special? The show has numerous specialists in antique, estate and designer costume jewelry. If building a collection is your passion, you’ll find some of the hottest collectible categories represented at the show – aviation collectibles, advertising signs, polished aluminum, Bakelite radios and more.
Fashion lovers will want to get a jump-start on building their spring wardrobes at the Pier Antiques Show’s Fashion Alley. This special vintage clothing section was set up by popular demand. So many show goers sought out vintage fashion dealers at the Pier Antiques Show that it was decided to give these specialists their own section. Now, fashion-conscious shoppers can find some of the best vintage clothing New York has to offer all in one convenient spot.
With the June wedding season just around the corner, Fashion Alley is a great source for beautiful, unusual wedding gifts and bridal items. One-of-a-kind engagement rings are the specialty of a number of sellers while resources such as The Missing Link, carry cufflinks in the thousands, which may be just the right usher or groom gifts. Great ideas for favors and bridesmaid gifts include Art Deco compacts, silver boxes, frames, cocktail collectibles, small prints, bracelets, scarves, salt and peppers, barware, books and watches. Let’s not forget that many a bride has found the perfect wedding dress at Fashion Alley.
With hundreds of sellers, it’s impossible to list it all.
New show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Admission is $15 for both days. Pier 94 is located on Twelfth Ave at 55th Street. For more information visit stellashows.com, or call 973-808-5015.
Photos courtesy Stella Show Management.
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