NEW HAMPSHIRE — “This is our vacation, we do it every year and just love it,” one collector from Texas said as he left the Mid*Week Antiques Show in Concord, jumped in his car and headed off for Antiques in Manchester at the JFK Coliseum, the second show to open on Wednesday, August 7. Chances are he had already been to Northeast Auctions' annual Summer Americana Auction, to Deerfield for Nan Gurley’s Americana Celebration, and was primed to complete a busy week attending both the New Hampshire Antiques Show and the Pickers Market Antiques Show.
As usual, crowds showed up, attending every event or picking and choosing, and both wallets and checkbooks seemed to be opening a lot more freely than in the past. It was a happy time for most, with visitors lining up well in advance for the shows and rushing in to find a treasure. It was the thrill of the quest, and after talking with dealer after dealer, “never was heard, a discouraging word.”
Review of the Northeast Auction is in this issue and reviews of the five antiques shows, plus pictures of several hundred booths, will be published shortly. AND, Pickers market IS NOT moving to Monday, but remaining on Friday