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Forget Doom and Gloom: Sales Brisk at Pier Antique Show in NYC

by DeDe Sullivan (04/04/12).

By noontime on Saturday at The Pier Show, it was apparent that the crowd was not interested in window-shopping; they were there to do business; many booths were on the brink of being picked clean.

I recently attended the semi-annual Pier Antique Show—produced by Stella Show Management—at Pier 94 in New York City, and I am happy to report that despite the doom and gloom economy, sales were brisk.

Enthusiastic shoppers starting lining up a few hours before the show opened on Saturday, which was Day One of the two-day event. The early birds got first dibs, plus the best parking spaces, because shortly after 11 a.m., the Pier’s lot was full. By noontime, it was apparent that the crowd was not interested in window-shopping; they were there to do business; many booths were on the brink of being picked clean.

Over the last few years, many shows have been shrinking dramatically, but Stella Show Management has been successful in putting together crowd-drawing shopping shows. Many of the vendors we met over the weekend have been a part of the show since its inception, and they had nothing but wonderful things to say about the event organizers. Kudos’s to all of those who made the Spring 2012 show a success.

Below is a recap of the show’s highlights, as well as several photos that feature some of the marvelous vendors we met:

• Vintage pin-up collectors and retro beauty fans were making a beeline to Adam Forgash Photography’s booth to see photographs of the Queen of Pin-Ups, Bettie Page,(taken by Bunny Yeager. Many of the images—such as the hand-colored large-format photographs of Bunny’s first shoot with Bettie, “The Jungle Series”—are being presented for the first time at The Pier Show.

• Young collectors—those 25 years old or younger and with a valid college ID—got to attend the last day of the show for free. Not sure if the same is so for Stella Management’s next antique show in Chicago, but if you are a budding treasure hunter, it couldn’t hurt to email the organizers and get the skinny: info@stellashows.com

Kasbah Mod, a vintage typewriter dealer who I wrote about in an earlier post on Worthpoint, staged a “Type-In,” where shoppers were given the opportunity to type—or have a retro secretary type—a letter that would be mailed from the Pier. Stamps were included.

• Janine Pettie from Sisters On The Fly was at the event rounding up new members. For those not in the know, Pettie is the chief cowgirl of the cowgirl caravan sisterhood, a group of female vintage trailer enthusiasts. You can view member’s vintage trailers by clicking here.

If you were at the show and want to share your experience, please do so in the comments below.

Anatomical charts spotted in INDDESIGN’s booth.

Broadway Antique Market’s booth was picked clean by lunch time.

Just a sampling of the furniture sold by Broadway Antique Market.

Antique Tiffany lamps sold by Harvey Weinstein, a Tiffany expert.

A wonderful prototype chair from 1968 designed by Gruizenga was spotted in Mode Moderne’s booth.

An Art Deco statue being sold by Jon Rider Antiques.

A gorgeous steel desk that was sold by Past Pleasures Moderne.

Beautiful treasures sold by Imperial Heritage Antiques and Fine Art.

A giant ray gun for sale in Mantiques Modern’s booth.

Full House was running with the color yellow at the show.

I love the “root” chair we found in Far Eastern Antiques’ booth.

DeDe Sullivan is a retrophile with a particular fondness for junktiques; discarded vintage treasures whose aesthetic worth far exceeds its monetary value. Her blog, VintageandFlea.com, documents her junking and antiquing adventures. This includes sharing her favorite places to score unique items, the history behind unusually finds, along with display and upcycling ideas. Have a question or story to tell? Shoot her an e-mail at dede@vintageandflea.com!

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