Holiday Spirit Drives Sales at West Palm Beach Antiques Festival; New Year Looking Good

An example of a Modernist bronze of woman, just one of thousands of items to discover at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival’s New Year’s event, to be held Dec. 31 through Jan. 2.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – West Palm Beach Antiques Festival owners Kay and Bill Puchstein reported more than 400 dealers easily accommodated holiday shoppers with wide selections of tempting gift ideas like Steiff animals, silver items, vintage linens and Mid-Century modern furniture during the Dec. 3-5 edition of the Festival.

All outside dealer spaces were also sold out, as sellers and buyers alike were taking advantage of the Chamber of Commerce weather and attendance exceeded the November turnout as visitors were in a holiday buying mood.

In gearing up for the 2011 season—which will span New Year’s Eve day and the weekend (Dec. 31-Jan.2)—the Puchsteins have installed free Wi-Fi computer access to aid dealers in searching for information for customers. And they are taking to the airwaves as a new series of television ads aimed at attracting a younger audience has premiered in the South Florida area, touting marbles, postcards, vintage handbags and modern furniture and accessories dating from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Two of the dealers who specialize in investment-quality art is Michael Perez of Ellen & Michael Perez Art and Antiques. Michael was raised in New England, surrounded by antiques and art, while Ellen has an art education. The business seemed to be a natural for them. They specialize in Asian art, American folk art, American and European art and tribal art. Michael has an affinity for sculptured objects in those categories and has begun some of his own works in the field.

The Perez’s typically display several hundred items in their booth at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival including a display case of exquisite smalls. The inventory ranges in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars and all of it is guaranteed to be interesting according to Michael. In fact, he says, “so many interesting things” is the most frequently heard comment in his booth during a Festival weekend.

The Festival is now on Facebook under West Palm Beach Antiques Festival and everyone is welcome to become a fan. The Puchsteins plan on posting photos of merchandise unloading during set-up so fans can get a sneak preview of what to expect at each show.

If You Go
The January edition of the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will celebrate the New Year on Dec. 31 through Jan. 2. Festival hours are Friday from Noon to 5 P.M.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early Buyer’s admission is on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and the $25 early buyer’s admission is good for all three days. Daily general admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. Anyone 12 and younger is admitted free. There is no charge for parking at the fairgrounds.

The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is held at the South Florida Fairgrounds located off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, FL, 1.5 miles west of the Florida Turnpike and 1 mile east of 441/SR7. For more information contact the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival at (941) 697-7475, email or visit the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival Web site.


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