July Antique Show in Washington

This past weekend was the D.C. Big Flea, a huge 2 building antique show in Chantilly, Virginia. It is a two day general antiques and collectibles show. The show’s promoters, D’more, advertise well and really get the people in the door.

Before the show, I was worried about how sales would be because of the high fuel costs and general economy. During set-up, I bought 7 early hooked rugs (1920’s-1940’s). Pre-show sales to other dealers were terrific. I sold a few pieces of sterling silver, a late 19th century oil painting, and lots of china. If my Friday sales were any indication, Saturday was looking hopeful.

Customers lined up early and anxiously awaited the 9am opening. I think that the weather helped because it was forecast to pass 100 degrees and I’m sure people wanted escape the heat and humidity. Sales started briskly with some transferware, chintz china, and depression glass. A hand-painted tea cart sold to a woman who wanted to start a tea house. White ironstone and creamware were popular as well as hooked rugs. Saturday was consistent with sales and people.

Sunday is generally pretty slow at least until 1pm when the after church crowd comes. This slow period allowed me to browse more. I enjoyed talking with a dealer of Native American arts and learned ho to tell the diference between Mexican blankets and Indian blankets(it’s all about the fringe). I also purchased a Heisey console bowl in the Plantation pattern. Sales picked up around 1, and remained steady until closing.

After the final tally, this has been my best show in 8 years! We enjoyed catching up with our “regulars” and meeting new friends. We are anxiously awaiting the next show here in September.

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  1. Chris Hughes says:

    I am glad to hear to had such a successful show! It’s refreshing to read your article with all the recession gloom and doom going around.


    Chris Hughes