Snow White and the 50 Hummels
Promoter Marvin Getman calls it the Boston Antiques Vintage Art & Design Show and Sale, but really it’s more like a flea market. Lotsa stuff, none of it very expensive.
And that’s just fine. It’s fun to spend a wintry weekend in Shrinerland in the company of all those kindly old guys with funny hats,
and it’s almost impossible to walk the aisles and not find something that appeals to you.
As I’ve been writing for the past few entries, I’m busy getting rid of stuff, and Marvin’s show was a perfect chance to do that. As usual, my glass counter case contained a representative selection of rare books and paper, but the tables and shelves in my booth were full of cheap books and paper from my basement.
$5 and $10 each, or best offer on the lot. Some of the paper was priced individually, but most of it was “Everything in this box $3” and “Make an Offer.”
It was a roaring success. After a couple of hours, I’d cleaned out one book shelf and sold a $1500 item from the counter case. By the end of the show, all the books were gone! A buck a book got it done.
And the whole thing was fun. Plenty of people to talk with, some interesting stories, and a good deal of dickering.
In contrast to some stuffier shows the weekend went by pretty quickly.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that Marvin’s intensive social media campaign had resulted in 2400 pre-registered attendees. The lobby was full just before the opening bell,
and people kept coming in until late Sunday afternoon.
I wouldn’t want every show to be like this one, but a flea marketish event every once in a while is a nice change of pace.
It’s a huge space, so dealers got plenty of real estate in which to display their wares.
Now it’s time to get ready for the San Francsico, Pasadena and New York shows – coming up in just a couple of weeks. They are most definitely not flea markets, and will require some serious preparation. So I’m hoping to have my colleague and friend Richard Thorner write a guest blog next week.
You can do it, Richard!