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.

The Journey of Antiquing — 9: Can the Antiques Industry Learn from the Classical Music Industry?

Synopses:  The antiques industry’s biggest crisis is not the shrinking patrons or a depressed economy, it is the industry’s own resistance to any change, in particular, the business is turning down the next generation while lamenting they don’t grow up fast enough. Perhaps, it is time to look at how the classic music industry that … Continue reading The Journey of Antiquing — 9: Can the Antiques Industry Learn from the Classical Music Industry?

The Place to Shop — Antiques at Music Valley

Antiques at Music Valley had a totally different feel than the Heart of the Country Show. The State Fairgrounds provides ample yet unassuming space for the show. Neither show would be mistaken by visitors for the shows as high-end as the Winter Antiques Show in which “price upon request” in some cases means “price you … Continue reading The Place to Shop — Antiques at Music Valley

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

Current Slump in Furniture Prices Not the First

Moderating a presentation at the Heart of Country Antiques Show in Nashville, veteran painting, and furniture dealer Woody Straub commented the slump in the current market was actually the third such dramatic decline in his lifetime. If you walked over to a table along a side wall and picked up a complimentary issue of Maine … Continue reading Current Slump in Furniture Prices Not the First