Outdoor antique show promoter predicts markets positioned for recovery

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – The Tri-State Antique Market will begin its 27th season at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds on May 6. The forecast for it and all the summer markets this year is looking up: both indoor antiques shows and multi-dealer shops have been reporting strong sales for the first few months of 2012.

Tri-State Antiques Market IndianaIndustrial and architectural salvage has been a hot trend in vintage decorating for the past few years. Market dealers respond to the styles featured in magazines and other media, making sure that decorators have plenty to choose from when they come to shop.

Indeed, with a rosier economic forecast combining with design trends that emphasize decorating with antique or vintage materials, this summer could have the entire industry’s retailers ringing up sales at a pace not seen in nearly a decade.

Having held onto steady attendance numbers throughout the recession, the southeastern Indiana market in particular is well positioned for the resurgence. With more than 200 vendors each month selling everything from early American primitives to 20th century industrial artifacts, the five-acre park has long been a haven for seasoned collectors and beginning DIY decorators, alike. In an improved economic environment, it will be even more likely that members of both groups will find something that fits their taste and budget at one of the six monthly sessions.

Lawrenceburg’s fairgrounds are located on U.S. 50, approximately one mile west of exit 16 off I-275. The facility’s convenient location and modern amenities never detract from its country park setting. Local food and beverage vendors feature homemade food and deserts at all four corners of the midway. More than half of the vendor displays are indoors or under cover, so the market is truly held “rain or shine.”


Learn more about the Tri-State Antique Market!

Tri-State averages nearly 3,000 shoppers and over 200 dealers each month, earning it the reputation of the largest regularly scheduled gathering of antiques and vintage-goods dealers in the entire state of Indiana!
Learn more about the Tri-State Antique Market!

Tri-State Antique Market sessions are always held on the first Sunday of the month, May through October. Public admission hours are from 7-3 p.m. EDT with early bird shoppers admitted during dealer set-up beginning at 6 a.m. A $3 adult (over age 18) entry fee is charged at all times. Attended pets are welcomed.

Complete Tri-State Antique Market information, including detailed directions, area accommodations and a photo gallery of past market finds is available online or by calling manager Bruce Metzger at 513-738-7256.

Additional 2012 market dates are scheduled for June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2 and October 7.

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