Stella Beats Sandy at NYC Pier Show

By Tom O’Hara

NEW YORK CITY – Just under two weeks after Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York City, Stella Show Management produced its Flagship show at Pier 94 with the 500-booth facility filled to capacity with antiques, décor and vintage home fashions and accessories. Crowds were there both Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18, 2012, enthusiastically buying from the collections which included early American antiques as well as a great deal of designer furniture from the first half of the 20th century. With more than 400 dealers in the show, the collections were extensive in home furnishings with the emphasis on 20th century.

Irene Stella, founder of the show management company now run by family members, Michelle Oswald and more staffers on the day before the opening said, “You can’t believe what we had to go through to make this happen!” During the storm, the water level rose to four feet above the floor level, and in the days prior to the show, wall board had to be replaced, electricity restored and even the toilets had to be reconditioned to accommodate the weekend crowds.

And, on the opening morning, the crowds were huge, as though this was the best ticket in

Antique Cupboard, Waukesha, Wis., displays fine silver sets at the Nov. 2012 NYC Pier Show. (Photo courtesy Tom O'Hara)

Antique Cupboard, Waukesha, Wis., displays fine silver sets at the Nov. 2012 NYC Pier Show. (Photo courtesy Tom O’Hara)

town, quickly filling the hall and doing great shopping.

And what did they see? The Pier Shows in New York are often thought to be the trendsetters, the place to go to see and buy the latest ideas in home décor and fashions. Bridges Over Time, Newburg N.Y., was at the entrance of the show with a collection of Modern furniture which sold rather well over the weekend. Ed and Betty Korin travel across the country for their shows, so success in New York City, just 40 miles from home, was a thrill.

Linda Elmore from just across the Hudson River in Westfield, N.J., was also selling furniture very well. Her collection is typically more of the Mid-Century European styles, often called Scandinavian, even though the pieces were made all over.

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Annandale, Va., dealer Past Pleasures Modérne was showing more accessories than furniture, perhaps in deference to their travel arrangements. The centerpiece in their exhibit was a stylized copy of the Eifel Tower created as a floor lamp.

Collections were not just furniture. Town and Country Vintage Linens and Textiles of Rome, Ga., was selling early dining table linens in good quantity. Nearby, Bill Cawood, also from Rome, Ga., was selling early maps, predominantly of the Northeast from the 18th century.

Your Grandma Had It!, Brooklyn, N.Y., brought several Black cloth dolls and cast, painted doorstops to the NYC Pier Show in Nov. 2012 (Photo courtesy Tom O'Hara)

Your Grandma Had It!, Brooklyn, N.Y., brought several Black cloth dolls and cast, painted doorstops to the NYC Pier Show in Nov. 2012 (Photo courtesy Tom O’Hara)

Your Grandma Had It! is a local area dealer who had small early earthenware but also a collection of early Mammie dolls. Jim Hirsheimer, Erwinna, Pa., collects and trades in folk art.

Silver was big business at the show. Antique Cupboard, Waukesha, Wis., was offering silver flatware sets and all kinds of hollow ware for the weekend. Titus Omega of London, England, was there as well with English sterling and also an assortment of early art pottery. Twentieth Century Design, Warren, Mass., was selling from their collection, which included art glass as well as silver and pottery.

Fashion Alley was at the back section, where several dozen dealers of vintage fashions, generally ladies garments from the middle of the 20th century, offered their collections. There were also stage costumes and some clothing for gentlemen dating back 50 or more years.

Stella Show Management sponsored a program where the dealers over this weekend contributed a small percentage of their sales to the American Red Cross for its relief efforts in the area for Hurricane Sandy damages. The early total exceeded $4,000 to the Red Cross.

Stella returns to the Pier with all the dealers again March 16-17, 2013. For more information, call at 973-808-5015 or visit www.stellashows.com.

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