ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Whether you’re a longtime fan of Atlantique City or simply wish you could one day attend the world’s largest indoor antiques and collectibles show, now you can satisfy the urge to immerse yourself in this event with just the click of a mouse. A two-part video shopping spree taped at the March 2006 show is available for viewing through a link on the show’s Web site, www.AtlantiqueCity.com.
Hosted by Elyse Luray, star of the popular PBS series History Detectives, the two segments — each nearly six minutes in length — take viewers on a walking tour of the mammoth show held twice a year at the Atlantic City, N.J., Convention Center.
Luray talks about how to approach antiquing at such a large venue, how to interact with dealers and how to invest in quality antiques and vintage collectibles. She also talks about her own collecting passions, which include Marx Brothers posters and (no surprise) LuRay dinnerware.
“Shopping at Atlantique City this year proved to be better then ever,” said Luray, who also writes a monthly column on pop culture for Antique Trader. “I am always amazed by the great finds, high-quality items and volume of property for sale. Attending the show confirmed my belief that collectors are still traveling to shows to touch and see the items they covet. The good, highly sought-after collectibles are still found at shows and not on the Internet.”
Luray is a former staff member at Christie’s and is an expert in pop-culture collectibles. Her intensive studies in art and architecture ultimately made Luray one of Christie’s top appraisers. She has researched the authenticity of some amazing objects, including Judy Garland’s ruby slippers and a handmade version of a board game that became Monopoly.
The History Detectives site also has a link to the Atlantique City videos at www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/index.html.
The next Atlantique City show is Oct. 14-15. For more information, call 800-526-2724, or log on to www.atlantiquecity.com.
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