Goodbye Heart of Country

Heart of Country Antiques Show Nashville

A second source has confirmed that the grand-daddy of antiques shows has ceased operations. The Heart of Country Antiques Show in Nashville celebrated its 32nd anniversary this year. A letter received by dealers doesn't provide any details on the "why" and but we've  heard a few perspectives and have a call into the show's promoter.

We’re in this Show Together, But Who is Talking to the Customer?

By most measures antiques sales are off their highs. The size and performance of the antiques industry is not measured in any scientific way, but I think its safe to say the conventional wisdom is things are not what they used to be. Some of the issues are external like demographics and consumer preferences, but … Continue reading We’re in this Show Together, But Who is Talking to the Customer?

A Visit to the Grand-daddy of Antiques Shows

Since the show's beginnings in the early 1980s, the Heart of Country show has been one of the premiere destinations for fans of Americana in the Country. This year dealer Bettianne Sweeney, who promotes her own Americana-themed show the weekend after Thanksgiving in Virginia, was crossing having a booth at the Heart of Country off … Continue reading A Visit to the Grand-daddy of Antiques Shows

Appreciation of Antiques Can Begin During College Days

When Salem, Massachusetts merchant Elias Hasket Derby, the owner of the first New England vessel to trade directly with China, sent his son John off to college he would send him in style. Derby hired John Cogswell, one of Boston’s leading cabinetmakers, to build John a chest on chest for his room at Harvard College. … Continue reading Appreciation of Antiques Can Begin During College Days

Antiques & Art Expert to Guide UVA Students Through Antiques in Charlottesville

Will Paulsen, a renowned expert in period furniture and fine arts, will guide a group of his  former students, who have taken his classes at the University of Virginia, through the exhibits at Antiques in Charlottesville. That event is taking place January 22-24, 2010 at the Holiday Inn at 1901 Emmet Street. “It’s an up-close-and-personal … Continue reading Antiques & Art Expert to Guide UVA Students Through Antiques in Charlottesville