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From Bakelite to Diamonds at the Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair

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The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair returns this weekend as the premier destination for antiques in the Midwest. If your taste is less antique and more vintage, break into collecting with the debut of Emporium, a new pavilion at the Fair. Eclectic and affordable, dealers specializing in 18th and 19th century finds, like Mid-century Modern furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, found items and folk art will ensure you walk away with something old...but new to you.

Antiques don't always seem like an obvious taste choice to people in the contemporary art world, but each time this fair comes around, I encourage people to go because there is such a wide range of things to discover at a show like this - there is SUCH a range of prices, but a total guarantee of quality.  Many people have poked around antique shops during a long weekend somewhere in the country, or tried to squeeze through the narrow aisles in a bustling flea market or junk shop, hoping to find some fabulous find amidst the clutter, but going to a highly-reputable fair where each piece has been vetted for authenticity is the perfect place to start, and something not-to-miss. Plus, the show is really trying to win over younger visitors and future collectors more than ever before, trying especially hard to prop up the industry's aging collector base.  Part of the problem lies in the name 'antiques' itself - what else can it convey other than age?  But really, something that's old can certainly be new again.  Antiques and vintage finds can be surprisingly affordable, and they have things going for them that the latest coffee table designs in Crate and Barrell do not: history.  Age is actually proof that something has stood the test of time and appealed to a wide arrange of tastes in a variety of homes.  if you find the right piece for your needs, you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come, while appreciating something very unique. 

If you'd like to attend the fair this weekend and get a free pass, email to ask for a free pass and a special code (limited number available.) If you have any great stories of discovery, feel free to leave a comment here on this blog. And one more thing - did I mention the jewelry at the fair??  From bakelite to diamonds, you'll find something to enjoy all season long...

The fair runs October 1-4. For a dealer list and more information, go to

Nula Thanhauser

Beverley R. Fine Antique & Period Jewelry

Gold Figures - Arts220

Richard Norton Inc



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