Jenkins sells out Nashville shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jon Jenkins of Jenkins Show Management announced they are sold out of exhibit space for their two Feb. 19-22, 2009, shows at Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. With more than 320 spaces, this will be the biggest Nashville ever for them, with both Antiques at Music Valley and Tailgate Antiques Show filled to their new capacities in the heated and air-conditioned exhibit halls of the Fairgrounds.

Antiques at Music Valley is the show that metamorphosed from several locations west of Nashville over the last 20 years into one of the most important Americana sales and shows in country style antiques. The show’s growth has made it one of the most popular venues for the collectors to shop. Tailgate Antiques Show, its companion, has become the favorite for dealers shopping for inventory and collectors filling the shelves with that special piece or decorators and collectors completing the furnishing of their home.

As of early December, both shows had reservations for all the available exhibit space in both shows, all the buildings. Steve Jenkins said, “We’re expecting some movement from the waiting list, as with this many dealers, circumstances change so there will probably be a few openings… but it is reassuring that the fall shows created this demand for the February shows.

“Our shows are attracting over 40 dealers that in the past were doing other Nashville area shows including Bill Kelly, Dennis Raleigh and Debraelizabeth Schaffer from Maine, The Olsons and Mario Pollo from New York and The Whittemores from Illinois. Among those returning after an absence are Lana Smith and Dover House Antiques from Kentucky,” Steve Jenkins added.

Many of the dealers never left these shows including Darwin Bearley from Ohio; Dennis and Dad, New Hampshire; Mary Elliott, Massachusetts and Mary deBuhr, Illinois.

Antiques at Music Valley opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; Tailgate Antiques Show opens 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, closing at 6 p.m.; Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Both shows are managed by Jenkins Show Management, with information available on their Web site, or by calling 317-598-0012.

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