From the Editor: Atlantique City, toys and more!

We only get to do it twice a year. This is one of those times.

This March 19, 2008 issue of Antique Trader also happens to contain the Atlantique City Antiques Show program, pages 29-41, with a map, dealer listings and location, info on the appraisal event and the show’s sponsors. The whole shebang goes down March 29-30. It’s going to be a fun one.

AC is one of those shows that, before I worked for F+W Publications, I loved going to. The dealers are as diverse a lot as you’re likely to find. The same can also be said of the buyers. The one thing they all have in common, along with the show staff, is a passion for good antiques, and for antiques that suit every level of buyer. Look around the show floor. Spend $50 or $5,000, you’ll still go home with something good, no matter what your passion.

Time in Atlantic City is always well spent, at least for me. I have no cash to toss on the tables, so I will spend what time I am not at the Atlantic City Convention Center, visiting those places that populated the summer of my youth that was spent there, on the beach, at my Aunt Dot’s. I’ll probably also try to eat some oysters. Also some salt water taffy. Maybe I’ll get my hands on some Johnson’s caramel corn. And a cheesesteak.

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes! Our brand new, monthly toy focus. Right.

As you go through these pages, through the Atlantique City Antiques Show program (Did I mention that?), you’ll notice an added emphasis on antique toys. We could re-start the debate on the exact meaning of that word, but for the purpose of our monthly toy extra, we’ll keep it to pre-World War Two, unless it’s something really extraordinary.

While we’re on the subject of toys, I should also point you to Karen O’Brien’s blog at Karen is a longtime toy writer, and one of the most popular writer/bloggers in the toy pursuit. Trader is proud to add her name to its list of print writers, as well. You’ll see why inside when you read her column, Leave it to Karen, on Chein toys, now playing on page 10.

When you work Atlantique City, the days are long, and so are the nights. It’s a blur, but a fun one. I’ll be there on behalf of Antique Trader, doing interviews, filming dealers and emceeing the appraisal event, from noon to 4 p.m., on both Saturday and Sunday. In between then I’ll be walking the floor, talking with folks and taking in as much of the show as I can.

I’ll also, of course, be keeping a keen eye out for gifts for the women in my life – my daughter and my wife. They both possess quite discriminating taste, and shopping for them is never easy. I’m sure I’ll manage, though, given how diverse the offering at the show will be.

I’d gladly tell you what I’m looking for, but – as I said in this column last year, before the October show – you may well be searching for the same things, and, well…

Noah Fleisher