News-Antique.com - Mar 10,2011 - (West Palm Beach, FL) “Everyone knows there is not a whole lot of antiquing going on during the summer in Florida. Following up on last summer’s highly successful Summer shows, once again the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will continue with monthly events the first weekend of each month all summer. “We are going to make West Palm Beach a year round destination for antiques and collectibles” say Kay and Bill Puchstein, owners of the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival. Responding to increased dealer and customer interest and bucking the current trend in the industry the Puchstein’s announced an agreement with the South Florida Fairgrounds to include the scheduling of summer shows for the mid 2011 season in addition to the regular November – June Shows . Bill Puchstein said “Many dealers who set up with us at last summer’s shows have told us that the summer shows were their best shows of the year. The number of dealers each month drops to between 200 and 300, but the attendance stays the same as the shows when we have 400-600 dealers. Therefore, the dealers have less competition from other dealers and everyone sells better”.
The new format for the summer shows will be a two day affair, Saturday and Sunday instead of the normal three day event during the regular season. Summer show dates will be July 2-3, August 6-7, September 3-4 and October 1-2 with a full day of setup for dealers on Friday 8:00AM to 7:00PM. In another striking move the Puchsteins have lowered dealers’ booth rent by 15% over the normal show fee. The popular “Early Buyers Admission” feature will be continued in the summer starting at 9:00AM on Saturday before the regular Show opening time of 10:00AM. Also the cost for the Early Buyers is being lowered from $25 to $10. The $10 Early Buyer ticket is good for the entire weekend.
Summer Show hours will be 10:00AM – 5:00PM on Saturday and 10:00AM – 4:30PM on Sunday. Adult daily admission $7.00, seniors $6.00 with a 1$ discount coupon for adult admission available on the website. Anyone under 16 is admitted free. There is no charge for parking at the Fairgrounds.
The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is held at the Expo Center 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.wpbaf.com.
Kay and Bill Puchstein continue breaking new ground in the Florida antiques show market with a full summer schedule for the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival and lower dealer costs.