This Spring Show was a doozie! We’ve had a chance to sit down, BREATHE, and collect our thoughts and wanted to share some of them with you.

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It was a record crowd – one of the largest opening day crowds for our twice-yearly mega-show. From start to finish, the mix included some of the most diverse merchandise anywhere, from high French to funky far out, as well as a mix in ages of shoppers, with the mix getting younger. Here are what a few shoppers, dealers and visitors had to say about the show:

Gary Copeland, a young commercial photographer from California attended for the first time. “The level of quality and the amount of quality here is staggering. Most of the time when you see a ton of stuff, it’s garbage. Here it’s all wonderful.”

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Memphis exhibitor Anthony Shaw reported that he “sold to lots of younger buyers here for the first time. I sold art, bronzes, Chanel jewelry. A 19th century French link bracelet sold immediately. Lots of young people came on opening day and lots of designers came later in the week.”

Gustav and Martina Richter of Munich, Germany shopped at Marburger for the third time. “We like to come around Easter, in the springtime. We visit friends in Austin and shop the show for small items to take home such as American Bakelite jewelry, 1950s and 60s designer pieces, lamps—anything mid-century modern that we can get home.”

Also buying small antiques, Teresa Carey of the Salvation Sisters from Hesperia, California came for the first time. “We are buying smalls to carry back to our store, anything grape or wine-related, such as vintage Italian sconces with metal grapes. It’s just fabulous. I’m calling all my friends to say that you’ve got to come next time. You’ll see me here from now on.”

At the other end of the scale, Michael Worden of Worden’s Select Objects in Burr Oak, Michigan sold “everything big and heavy. An Industrial cart, cast iron, the heaviest thing in the booth sold to my first shopper.” Worden also sold a six foot diameter wooden Industrial pattern piece, the mold for a large gear, a Saarinen Tulip table base with a top covered in aluminum airplane skin, a large butcher block mounted as art and a nine foot hayfork with a four foot spread, also mounted as art. “We had lots of sales to dealers and shops all across the US.”

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We had a blast and hope you join us in the Fall! Sept 27-Oct 1, 2016.

Tara