While the antiques industry seems to be in a contraction mode with fewer shows and lower gate numbers, you wouldn't know it from a popular market in Chicago. Vintage Markets like the Randolph Street Market Festival have been able to repeatedly attract a young, educated and affluent customer who is knowledgeable about the products and … Continue reading Dealers Look to Vintage Markets to Reach New Customers
Jeanne Stella, Stella Show Promotions; Jon Jenkins from Jenkins Promotions; and Melissa Sands from the Randolph Street Market and Image Pilots joined me in a podcast call this afternoon to discuss the use of Groupon in boosting the gate at shows and broadening the market to new customers that haven't been to shows previously. Use … Continue reading Groupon, New Customers and the Eight Letter Word We Don’t Say Anymore
The word around these parts this week has been "Groupon," the online social shopping site. Jon Jenkins mentioned in Wednesday's podcast he would be using it for his upcoming show in Nashville, and I discussed its use with two other promoters, one on each coast. Internet users sign up for "Groupon" and then receive a … Continue reading Can Groupon Save the Antiques Business?
Vintage urban markets like Randolph Street Market in Chicago are booming, and breathing new life into the business.
An article about dealer Frederick Klass Jr., the tv show American Pickers and the launch of the Highwood Street Market in Illinois is the top article for 2010 on Urban Art & Antiques. The site has also increased in popularity during the year, up 212 percent according to Google Analytics. A few people must have … Continue reading Urban Art & Antiques Releases List of Top Articles of 2010
Such blunt talk from The Young Collector in Maine Antiques Digest. In the article titled The Last of the Young Collectors? in the December issue Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond write that the bottom line is that young professionals are not interested in purchasing and living with antiques. No young collectors are coming into the … Continue reading The First of the Young Buyers
It’s been a long time since I have seen a line waiting for the doors to open at an antique or vintage event. Chicago's Randolph Street Market is one of those innovative shows that combine antiques and vintage—vastly increasing the demographics that can be attracted. The typical antique show goer may discard these new events … Continue reading Martha, Martha, We’re at the Randolph Street Market, Chicago
Recently retired from a long and distinguished career at Saks Fifth Avenue and not one to rest, industry icon Nena Ivon has taken on a new role in the world of independent design and vintage fashion. Ivon will serve as Fashion Director of Randolph Street Market. Her first task— helping independent designers and vintage merchants succeed at Randolph Street … Continue reading Fashion World Icon Leaves Retirement to Become Mentor to Vintage Merchants and Independent Designers
Sally Schwartz, Creative Director, Randolph Street Markets in Chicago told me about her view that younger people don’t understand the word “antique.” The buzzwords that do get their attention are “vintage” and “retro.” And so a new breed of “flea market” is rising to cater to these young buyers. I had to correctively substitute the … Continue reading Finding it at The Flea