Ann Arbor Antiques Market Expects Biggest Season Ever

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ann Arbor Antiques Market

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The heightened interest in
 antiques and collectibles evident in the popularity of Public Television's
 "Antiques Roadshow" is having its effect on the venerable Ann Arbor Antiques
 Market.  An unexpectedly high volume of telephone inquiries about the new
 season -- set to begin the weekend of April 21-22 -- prompted an earlier-than-
 usual posting of the opening schedule on the answering machine at the
 Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, where the Market has been located since 1968.
     "We've never gotten so many calls so early," said Woody Straub, who with
 his wife, Nancy, manages the Market.
     Interest is running equally high among both dealers and customers.  Sales
 space at this year's Market is already fully booked, with vendors coming from
 across the country and even from Europe.  "We get more applications from
 dealers than we have spaces available," Straub said, "which isn't at all
 typical in this field."  On the buyer side, Straub noted that the Market has
 established itself as one of the premier antiques venues in the midwest, with
 its primary customer base extending from Pittsburgh to Chicago and from Canada
 to Kentucky.
     The Market's reputation as an outlet for high-quality items reflects the
 rather strict requirements it sets for dealers.  "We're strong on Americana,"
 Straub said.  "We feature an excellent representation of 18th- and
 19th-century furniture and accessories.  And we require dealers to submit
 photos and descriptions of the items they plan to sell, in advance, so we can
 keep our standards high.  We reject items, if they're not up to the level of
 quality people expect to find here."
     Detroit's WJR Radio will mark the start of the 33rd season with a live
 broadcast during the opening weekend -- which will also feature giveaways of
 the popular "Ann Arbor Antiques Market Dollars," credit vouchers which can be
 used for purchases at the Market.  The Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds are
 located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, three miles south of Exit 175 off I-94.
 For additional information, call: 850-984-0122.
 
                           Ann Arbor Antiques Market
                               2001 Season Dates
 
                         Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22
                                 Sunday, May 20
                                Sunday, June 17
                                Sunday, July 15
                               Sunday, August 19
                       Saturday & Sunday, September 15-16
                               Sunday, October 21
                              Sunday, November 11
 
 

SOURCE Ann Arbor Antiques Market
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The heightened interest in
 antiques and collectibles evident in the popularity of Public Television's
 "Antiques Roadshow" is having its effect on the venerable Ann Arbor Antiques
 Market.  An unexpectedly high volume of telephone inquiries about the new
 season -- set to begin the weekend of April 21-22 -- prompted an earlier-than-
 usual posting of the opening schedule on the answering machine at the
 Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, where the Market has been located since 1968.
     "We've never gotten so many calls so early," said Woody Straub, who with
 his wife, Nancy, manages the Market.
     Interest is running equally high among both dealers and customers.  Sales
 space at this year's Market is already fully booked, with vendors coming from
 across the country and even from Europe.  "We get more applications from
 dealers than we have spaces available," Straub said, "which isn't at all
 typical in this field."  On the buyer side, Straub noted that the Market has
 established itself as one of the premier antiques venues in the midwest, with
 its primary customer base extending from Pittsburgh to Chicago and from Canada
 to Kentucky.
     The Market's reputation as an outlet for high-quality items reflects the
 rather strict requirements it sets for dealers.  "We're strong on Americana,"
 Straub said.  "We feature an excellent representation of 18th- and
 19th-century furniture and accessories.  And we require dealers to submit
 photos and descriptions of the items they plan to sell, in advance, so we can
 keep our standards high.  We reject items, if they're not up to the level of
 quality people expect to find here."
     Detroit's WJR Radio will mark the start of the 33rd season with a live
 broadcast during the opening weekend -- which will also feature giveaways of
 the popular "Ann Arbor Antiques Market Dollars," credit vouchers which can be
 used for purchases at the Market.  The Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds are
 located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, three miles south of Exit 175 off I-94.
 For additional information, call: 850-984-0122.
 
                           Ann Arbor Antiques Market
                               2001 Season Dates
 
                         Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22
                                 Sunday, May 20
                                Sunday, June 17
                                Sunday, July 15
                               Sunday, August 19
                       Saturday & Sunday, September 15-16
                               Sunday, October 21
                              Sunday, November 11
 
 SOURCE  Ann Arbor Antiques Market