March 23, 1999
I've been on the road for approximately forever. If you aren't interested in reading a brief version of The Adventures of Judith, just scroll down to the next topic.
On March 5th I went to Greensboro, NC, where the Superflea was gearing up for another gala weekend. I delivered two seminars, "How To Be A Dealer" and "What Is An Appraisal?", and did many verbal appraisals. He Who Is The Light Of My Life played golf (has he got a great life, or what?). The Smith Family, promoters of the show, were our gracious hosts.
On Sunday night, HWITLOML returned to New York and I took the red eye flight to Las Vegas for the ACDA (Antiques and Collectibles Dealers Association) Convention, entitled "The New Millenium (that's one "n", a perfectly acceptable spelling, although your spell checker will tell you it should have two. This was the subject of much joshing during the beginning of the conference). The convention, well-run and ably hosted by the Tucker Family, was educational as well as entertaining, with a trade show comprised of the foremost companies in the business of antiques and collectibles. My own speech was called "The Impact of the Electronic Media on the Market in The New Millennium (okay, I am a victim of my spell checker). I swear to you that my speech was more interesting than its title.
On Wednesday, March 10, it was off to San Diego, to visit with my brother and sister-in-law, and the tiny but gorgeous Miranda Lauren, who was ready to crawl any second, and cut her second tooth right after I left. While I was there, I had the opportunity to visit many local shops and chat with the dealers there. Seems collectin is alive and well Then it was back to New York to prepare for the Triple Pier Expo, a fabulous Stella Show Productions show. I promised my friend Nikki I'd list the celebrity shoppers in the newsletter, but I didn't see many. My guess is that they were all in L.A. for the Oscar telecast, which was held on Sunday evening this year, instead of the usual Monday evening. The only person I recognized is someone whose name I don't know. He's the young actor who played the manager in the film "Goodburger" and has reprised the role on the television series. If you know his name, please write to me.
On Sunday, I left HWITLOML at the Pier Show in the company of our nephew
David, and drove up to Winstead, CT, where I did an appraisathon for the E.
Hartford Lions' Club Show. My cohort for this event was Rich Zelachowski,
my fellow appraiser on "Personal FX". Then I drove back to New York, in
time for the end of the Pier Show, helped Artie pack up, and drove upstate
to store our inventory. And now, finally, here I am typing to you. It's
good to be back!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WE KNEW WE WERE DOING A GOOD JOB
"Personal FX, The Collectibles Show" has just been nominated for an Emmy (Best show in the Service Category)!!! Congratulations and kudos to Karen Martin, Our Fearless Producer and Ricki Gaffney, Executive Producer. Also, congrats to the unsung heroes of the show: the segment producers, associate producers, production associates, director, technical people, cameramen, sound engineers, and all the people who were usually behind the scenes. Congratulations to John Burke and Clare Carter, our charming hosts. And a hearty congratulations to my fellow appraisers, without whom the show would have been some other show. We all knew we were producing quality television, and it feels good to have that recognized.
UNFORTUNATELY, YOU WILL HAVE TO BE A LONG DISTANCE RUNNER TO SEE THE WHOLE
It seems that contemporary artists, many of whom are not overly concerned with practical considerations, have gone over the top when it comes to displaying their work. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night, from April 7th through the 23rd, a large mobile billboard truck will roam New York City. The truck, equipped with two ten-foot video screens, will be showing three videos, the work of artist Ange Leccia. One of the videos, "Yes, She Does", is a full hour long. Scheduled stops include Madison Square Garden and The Brooklyn Museum. I am sure Madame Leccia is praying for no rain and balmy temperatures.
I'm hearing a great deal lately about Western memorabilia, and how it's taken off - so much so, that it's pretty tough to find. Well, I done found me a website with plenty of vintage Western gear, and I'm willing to share it with you. It's called Westwind Old West Artifacts and Collectibles, and the URL is http://www.awestwind.com/. Mosey on over and have a look.
Well, Accumulators, in keeping with my promise to keep this newsletter
brief, I'm going to hit the road. I've got some articles to write, some
packages to ship, and some laundry to do. Sigh. I'll be back to you this
weekend. Happy Hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #76
U.S. Library of Congress
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