F+W Media cancels March Atlantique City

IOLA, Wis. – Citing the opportunity to build its online collectors marketplace and launch a Midwest antiques event, F+W Media announced Aug. 19 the cancellation of its annual Atlantique City Antiques & Collectibles Show scheduled for March 27-28, 2010.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the current economic environment, we believe it’s in our best interest not to produce the Atlantique City event next year and to notify the antiques and collectible community of our decision now,” said David Blansfield, President, F+W Media. “The resources within our Antiques & Collectibles team will instead focus on new opportunities within our changing marketplace, and we’ll engage with the community about these new initiatives immediately.”

All dealers who signed up in advance for Atlantique City will receive a full and complete refund of their deposit monies as soon as possible. Any questions regarding deposits should be addressed to Karen Thulien, Event Coordinator. She can be reached via e-mail at karen.thulien@fwmedia.com.

 “There are immediate opportunities for us to produce events in the Midwest, closer to our core communities, as well as to continue to develop Collect.com and our Antiques & Collectibles Community online,” Blansfield added. “Our focus will shift to organically growing these new businesses.”

Key initiatives include:

• The launch of an antiques and collectibles show co-located at the Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet, July 8-11, 2010.  The Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet regularly attracts nearly 100,000 attendees annually.

• Expanding Collect.com as a worldwide collectors’ marketplace including its comprehensive prices and research database powered by the Warman’s series price guides. 

• Developing Collect.com Auctions as the premier source of sports, antiques, collectibles, entertainment and music memorabilia online auctions.

• Expanding Antique Trader magazine and AntiqueTrader.com through regional reports and market analysis while providing the latest prices and auction news. 

Atlantique City, sponsored by Antique Trader magazine, was started in 1986 and quickly grew as one of the nation’s most diverse and largest indoor antiques and collectibles shows. Hundreds of the nation’s top dealers exhibited toys, advertising, fine porcelain, glass and lighting, jewelry and various collectibles.

Krause Publications purchased the show from founder Norman Schaut in 2001. The shows consistently offered as much in entertainment value as in buying and selling opportunities. Special features have included the Kennedy Collection, Miss America and Treasures from the Titanic.