This show, billed as “New York’s Largest” just finished a three-day run in the Utica-Syracuse area.
We arrived Saturday at 8 AM and made a full inspection of the dealers on the fair ground (I didn’t count, but “1000 dealers” sounds about right). Many of the exhibitors were from the New York-Pennsylvania region. On exhibit were a lot of middle level objects from the 19th century, with the occasional standout piece of painted furniture or folk art. There were less paintings than I expected, and not a lot of textiles, although a few very good quilts were available.
Attendance on Saturday (admission $6 per person) seemed low in the morning, but by noon the aisles were full. Dealers said that Friday, the Early-Bird Buying Session (tickets at $40 per person, $75 for two) had a low gate but good business, with the early buyers taking home a lot of stock and leaving some good money behind. By the time we left on Saturday afternoon, the fair grounds and the surrounding area were packed.
The show provides handlers who will gather your purchases from the different booths and bring them to you when you are ready to leave. This is a great service, especially on a hot day like yesterday. There is a shipper on the fairground who will arrange to deliver large purchases. Iliana was shopping furniture for clients, so she arranged to have all her finds trucked back home. I found two things, both easily portable, so I carried mine back to the car.
Check our upcoming posts for more details about the show.