Miami Beach Antique Show readies fans for indoor nirvana

MIAMI – U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, announced it will host its 52nd Annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2013.

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Best known as the world’s largest indoor antique show, the event features 900 established dealers from 22 counties, including an additional 100 new exhibitors in the Jewelry Ballroom, which opened last year.

For the second consecutive year, WorthPoint will be sponsoring two Appraisal Days, which will be held Feb. 2-3 from noon-5 p.m. Each show attendee, with a valid ticket, will have the opportunity to bring one item for valuation by a Worthologist – a WorthPoint subject-matter expert. Worthologists will give verbal appraisals of each item’s fair market value.

“We are very excited to be partnering with The Original Miami Beach Antique Show for a second year,” says Will Seippel, founder and CEO of WorthPoint Corp. “To be able to offer free appraisal services during the show is a great honor for us, as educating antique enthusiasts and the general public on how to be even more savvy when buying or selling antiques is one of our company’s main goals.”

“In its 52nd year, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show continues to provide attendees with a unique shopping experience and highlights a vast variety of categories found in the antique industry,” said Dan Darby, group fair director.

“With continued support from WorthPoint, we are able to offer our attendees access to Worthpoint’s online technology, and further educate them on antique valuation.”

This show is must-attend for serious collectors, museum curators, gallery owners and

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anyone with an interest in antiques and history. Items range from 17th–19th century furniture, American and European silver to antique jewelry and watches from the Renaissance to Art Deco eras.

To help educate the antique collecting community, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show also will host several special sessions throughout the duration of the show including:

  • Luxe Interiors + Design will host a panel discussion with the editors of Luxe Interiors + Design on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.
  • The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts will host a session led by co-director Elyse Zorn Karlin titled, “Jewelry of the American First Ladies,” on Friday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
  • WorthPoint will host an informative session led by Will Seippel, CEO and founder of WorthPoint, “Demystifying Antiques: The Basics of Antique Collecting,” on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.
  • The Fine Arts Conservancy will host an in-depth discussion on antique restoration led by Gordon Lewis on antique restoration Feb. 2-3 at 4 p.m. each day

The annual charity raffle held during the show will benefit Paws 4 You Rescue Inc. This Miami-based non-profit, volunteer, donor-subsidized animal rescue organization’s top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services.


This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Show times are noon-8 p.m. on Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and noon-6 p.m. on Feb. 4. Admission is $20 to attend all four days. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, call 239-732-6642 or visit www.MiamiBeachAntiqueShows.com

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