The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair returns this weekend as the premier destination for antiques in the Midwest. If your taste is less antique and more vintage, break into collecting with the debut of Emporium, a new pavilion at the Fair. Eclectic and affordable, dealers specializing in 18th and 19th century finds, like Mid-century Modern furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, found items and folk art will ensure you walk away with something old...but new to you.
Antiques don't seem like an obvious taste choice to people in the contemporary art world, but I encourage people to attend to see the variety of things to discover - there is such a range of prices, as well as a total guarantee of quality. Many people poke around antique shops during a long weekend in the country, or have tried to squeeze through narrow aisles in a bustling flea market or junk shop, hoping for some fabulous find amidst the clutter, but going to a highly-reputable fair where each piece has been vetted for authenticity is a perfect place to start to get to know the world of true antiques.
Plus, the show is really trying to win over younger visitors and future collectors more than ever before, trying especially hard to prop up the industry's aging collector base. Part of the problem lies in the name 'antiques' itself - what else can it convey other than age? But really, something that's old can certainly be new again. Antiques and vintage finds can be surprisingly affordable, and they have things going for them that the latest coffee table designs in Crate and Barrell do not: history. Age is actually proof that something has stood the test of time and appealed to a wide arrange of tastes in a variety of homes. if you find the right piece for your needs, you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come, while appreciating something very unique.
If you'd like to attend the fair this weekend and get a free pass, email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a free pass and a special code (limited number available.) If you have any great stories of discovery, feel free to leave a comment here on this blog. And one more thing - did I mention the jewelry at the fair?? From bakelite to diamonds, you'll find something to enjoy all season long...
The fair runs October 1-4. For a dealer list and more information, go to merchandisemartantiques.com
Fair Dates and Hours
Thursday, September 30 Preview Night, 6–9 pm (CGN's free passes include the preview after 6pm!)
Fri, October 01 11 am–7 pm
Sat, October 02 11 am–7 pm
Sun, October 03 11 am–6 pm
Mon, October 04 11 am–3 pm
Beverley R. Fine Antique & Period Jewelry
Gold Figures - Arts220
Richard Norton Inc