Antiques Week in the U.S. Who When and How? Dealers and promoters have looked jealously across the pond at the U.K. and its successful Antiques Week for years now. Others continuously scratch their heads and ask questions like "Why not here?,"
News-Antique.com - Nov 28,2011 - Dealers and promoters have looked jealously across the pond at the U.K. and its successful Antiques Week for years now. Others continuously scratch their heads and ask questions like "Why not here?," How could we be involved?" and "When should antiques week be?"
The Calender of Antiques and Urban Art & Antiques have teamed up to find an answer to the last question by gaining insight into just when may be the perfect time for an Antiques Week in the U.S.
"Some think a week should be held at a time when there's little else going on," says Calendar of Antiques co-founder Eric Miller. "Others think that to be successful a week would need to piggyback on other events."
One person has even suggested a week for antiques be bumped up against Earth Day, helping to align the business with the sustainability movement.
In the U.K., one week a year antique dealers encourage align to encourage the consumption and enjoyment of antiques. Dealers throughout the country have special exhibitions, talks on antiques by invited guests, competitions, outdoor antiques markets with live music, open weekends, local radio phone-ins and organized antiques trails around a number of shops in one town or region.
And so dealers, auctions and promoters in the lower 48 are left asking "Why not here?" and "Why not us?"
"The first step is to answer the question of 'when?," Miller says. "That's the purpose of the survey at www.antiquesweek.com."