WESTPORT, CONN. — Wave goodbye to WAVE (Westport Antiques and Vintage Emporium). Taking place in the heart of the Saugatuck section of town in the parking lot of the Westport Train Station, the show seemingly possessed great potential with its prime location and huge core of affluent lower Fairfield County shoppers. Yet, the start for the 2013 season proved to be a rocky one as the most recent show, June 2, although packed with more than 60 dealers displaying a good assortment of antique and midcentury materials, saw fewer than 200 shoppers in attendance.
Show manager Deborah Press commented, “The shows are canceled due to lack of attendance. This was our sixth market and the attendance was extremely poor. It is financially infeasible to keep the show running and I couldn’t keep asking dealers to attend knowing the high probability of a poor gate. I am extremely sad it has ended.”
The show had been scheduled for five more appearances this summer.
Despite it all, the show was a good-looking event. A very good selection of Americana was on hand in a couple booths, midcentury items were plentiful, as were decorative antiques and outdoors furniture and accessories. Despite the sparse crowd, several dealers reported good sales.
For further information e-mail Deborah@westportantiques.com.