Antiques show draws 500
By Kathryn Schiliro
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center's (MMCC) yearly Antiques Show & Sale last Friday and Saturday drew about 500 people to Madison.
About 150 attended last Thursday's Preview Party, according to MMCC Marketing Assistant Erin Garrett, and attendance at Friday and Saturday's morning lectures broke records with 83 attendees and 47 attendees respectively.
"Wonderful lectures, more people than we have ever had attending our lectures," writes Paulette Long, Antiques Show & Sale co-chair, in an e-mail. "This event raises well-needed money for the center, but lectures fulfill our mission of education."
The show saw about 250 people each of the two days. Attendance remained steady compared to last year, which also saw about 500 people attend.
Both the Preview Party and the Antiques Show & Sale saw visitors from throughout the state and the Southeast. For the first time, the show drew a tour group– 57 people from Augusta. And many out-of-state collectors, from Alabama, South Carolina and Florida, were in attendance, according to Don Lane, Antiques Show & Sale co-chair.
"One guest said she only shops for antiques once a year, and it is at this show," writes Lane, in an e-mail.
"We were very happy with attendance," Garrett said.
Garrett said she believed the event's more than 20 dealers were pleased with turnout as well, but that much of a dealer's success at an antiques show like this one has to do with the customer.
"I feel that it's part the style, what dealers bring and it depends on who comes," Garrett said. "People that came to look to buy definitely knew what they wanted... It depends on who comes and what they're looking for, and that's a factor you can't control."
Highlights of furniture sales at the show included a very important Georgia hunt board, a tall case clock with elaborate inlay, a Connecticut River Valley chest of drawers, a very rare Virginia brandy cupboard, Georgia coin silver, a rare Kentucky sugar press and English Stafford Shire, Lane writes. There were also "great sales" of ceramics, folk art and accessories.
"We had some wonderful new dealers this year and, of course, our returning dealers are so faithful to show," Long writes.
More than attendees, a number of in-state and out-of-state dealers came to survey the show, too.
Regardless of their success, Garrett said the dealers themselves enjoy visiting Madison.
"I feel all the dealers were very pleased; they love coming to Madison," Garrett said. "One dealer said it's like Christmas when they come to Madison because they have such a wonderful time."
Printed in the February 28, 2013