by guest blogger, designer Mark Kintzel
I love going to antique shows. You never know what you’re going to find, or whom you’re going to see. (Let’s just say, antiques aren’t the only finds with “patina.”) One year at the Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, a dealer was selling coffins. Ummm…I’ll pass. But I confess, I did peek inside a few.
I’m on a never-ending hunt for STUFF, and always thinking about my next creative project (keep checking the blog to see some in future videos). Here’s my plan of attack, which you can follow to make the most out of any antique show you attend:
Timing is key. Arrive early if you’re looking for a good selection; stay late for the best deals. Dealers don’t want to pack up as much as they came with, so don’t be afraid to swoop in and make an offer at the end of the day—this is the best time to haggle.
Map the floor. I always take a quick walk-around first, and take mental notes on special finds and good food booths.
Watch for duplicates. What’s great about scoping out the entire place first is, you may see a must-have item in one dealer’s display, yet another may have the exact item or a similar one for a much better price. Okay, there have been times when I’ve gone back and my must-have item was gone. No big whoop—there will be other opportunities, and after all, it’s just stuff.
Employ your curiosity. Investigate and ask questions. Some pieces may have cool history behind them (some of the exhibitors do, too), or exhibitors may have additional merchandise of interest to you in other locations or shows.
Prep for anything, and everything. Dress for all types of weather if it’s an outdoor event because shows generally run rain-or-shine. Wear comfortable shoes. Since credit cards are usually not accepted at shows, take plenty of cash.
For our local blog readers, the Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza is three times a year located on the show grounds behind the Renningers Antiques and Farmers Market, Kutztown, PA.
Mark Kintzel comes from a long line of crafters, artists, musicians and farm folk. He first came under the magic spell of flowers as a boy, while wandering through meadows near his grandparents’ farm in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. His appreciation for creativity and flowers grew throughout the years, and he now specializes in event planning and styling, garden design, and organic floral arrangements for just about any occasion. See more at markkintzel.com.