News-Antique.com - Nov 24,2009 - Who is the ACNA and what are they doing in New Orleans? ACNA is the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, the largest and fastest growing association of antique dealers & collectors in the country with over 3000 members nationwide. ACNA was founded in 1991 to give individual antique dealers some unity and access to benefits that they otherwise wouldn’t have. There were originally 4 associations, ACDA, NAAM, ACSPA and NAC which evolved into ACNA to provide personalized services for shop owners, mall owners, show promoters, all levels of dealers as well as private collectors.
And what is ACNA doing in New Orleans? They are holding their educational seminar “Help Your Future…Buy Your Past!” in New Orleans on January 10 – 13, 2010. This will be three days (Monday – Wednesday) packed with educational classes, networking opportunities, round table discussions, a trade show and a shopping trip to Magazine Street, the heart of the New Orleans antique district. Scheduled classes include Randy & Debbie Coe on glass and how the “go green” effort is effecting how people buy and use glass items in the kitchen; Fred & Gail Taylor on the identification procedures for antique furniture; Marcia Brown on costume jewelry; Bill & Carol Kearney & Christine Saltzman on estate sales-start to finish as well as all you wanted to know about auctions; Bill Rau on how to buy art; Barbara Mauzy on the American kitchen and how vintage kitchen items can replace plastics and their negative impact on the environment and our health and Connie Swaim on how to recognize fakes and reproductions. The “hands-on” portion of the classes will include DiAnna Tindall offering both art restoration and frame restoration, glass repair by Paul Boyd and silver restoration by Beth & Dan Walker. All of this will be kicked off by Kyle Husfloen, author, past editor of Antique Trader, TV guest and lecturer as keynote speaker. Each attendee will get to pick their favorite 6 classes to attend.
Another high point of the seminar will be the roundtable discussions where each participant will be grouped with other dealers of similar interests. During these discussions you will be able to throw out your ideas for discussion and to pick the brains of other dealers. These roundtables have long been a favorite among mall owners and now will be open to all attendees.
But you can’t go to New Orleans without sampling the food, shopping and fun. And that will start as soon as you check in to the Hotel Monteleone. In a city rich with history, the Hotel Monteleone has a story all its own. Through the years they have played host to some of the world’s most famous and colorful characters. Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Truman Capote have called the Hotel Monteleone home. Movie starts, dignitaries, royalty and political kingpins are part of their colorful past and present. Check out their website www.hotelmonteleone.com and read about their awards, their history and especially their ghost stories.
The registration fee includes