Success for the Original Miami Beach Antique Show

ombas_webIn a recent press release, the US Antiques Shows announced that attendance at their 52nd annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show increased by 10% this year. The show took place from January 31-February 4 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While we weren’t there, I certainly try to follow major antique shows and I’m always curious to see how they do.

The press release reported that the show attracted close to 900 established dealers. As Dan Darby, the group fair director said, “We are excited to report an increase in attendance and that buying continues to remain strong. This year we added antique seminars to the show schedule and were able educate hundreds in the antique community with the help of several of the most established professionals in the industry who spoke at the event. We look forward to continuing these traditions as part of our show in the years to come.”

In addition to the higher than usual attendance, antique dealers reported that sales were also up. As Jeff Cohen, N. Green & Sons said, “Throughout the Show weekend we noticed an increase in our sales and the largest crowds we’ve ever seen on the floor during the years we’ve exhibited. We’re pleased with the overall outcome this year and we’re looking forward to exhibiting at the L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show this March.”

From what I understand, there was also a charity raffle during the show, which is always a lovely idea. They raised over $6000 to benefit Paws 4 You Rescue Inc. While I didn’t get to the show this year, I’m hoping to be part of it next year. I’ve already got it on my calendar for January 30- February 3, 2014!

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