Country Ramblings—More or Less?
Written by Guest Columnist: Lyn Andeen
Hello everyone. This is my first time as a guest columnist on the Dig antiques newsletter. I'm a dealer with a Shop on Dig Antiques and have enjoyed the monthly newsletter so thought I would give it a try. Here it goes...
As first an avid collector and now a dealer for the past 28 years, I have spent endless hours researching and just plain thinking about antiques. I love the history aspect of each piece and I especially love the hunt.
Well it’s hunting season all over the country! We all know that means lots of great antique shows.
I thought it might be interesting to explore the subject of how different booths are set up. There are some that take the less is more approach and some that pack their booths. Whether it is in a room setting or not there are those who like to feature a few select pieces and those who use more of a shot gun approach and put as much as they can and as wide a variety as they can into a booth.
THERE IS NO WRONG APPROACH. There are however some pros and cons and some psychological aspects of both.
For those who subscribe to the less is more approach, the overall view of the booth makes it easy to see what’s available. It can give a more exclusive appearance which appeals to some and scares off others. It certainly makes for an easier packing.
Sometimes if people see too many examples of a thing it may make them feel that the item is easily available. There are also those who do not want to sift through things they are not interested in. Beware! As an old dealer friend of mine once told me, you can't sell from an empty wagon!
For those who like to pack a booth, you can offer a wider variety of items. Your booth will appeal to those who like to root around, as long as it is all good merchandise. Beware! Your packing will certainly take a long time and you run the risk of overwhelming some.
There are, of course, those who take a happy medium approach.
So, let's put it to a vote.
Whether you are a dealer or a collector, do you prefer booths with less or more at an antique show?
You can immediately see the results of this poll and watch it change in real time.
About Lyn Andeen
Lyn Andeen has been an avid collector and dealer for the past 28 years. She has been in group shops, setup at countless antique shows and has a true artistic eye. Lyn's passion is for quality 18th through early 20th century Americana, decorative arts, Shaker and folk art. You can find Lyn online through Andeen Antiques.