The final big show of 2013

The final big show of 2013

Last weekend marked the ninth year at the Gordyville Antique Show. Again we only had one day without snow. On Sunday, there was snow and drizzle, and by the time the show was over at 3 p.m., it was bad. It took us two hours to load up, and the roads were really bad heading back to C-U.

How did we do? We were down some in sales from last year, which was by far our best year ever — and coincidentally last year was the only year we did not have snow. Let's face it: When you schedule an event for the first Saturday and Sunday in December, you cannot expect lots of sunshine and flowers.

The 2013 show was big, and I only saw three empty spaces. The show is a lot of work. Our four couples as a group had 15 spaces. Besides our eight owners, we had extra friends and relatives who helped us set up and helped us load and unload after the show. At age 82, I could not do it without the extra help. Through it all, we had a lot of fun. The Hannagan family was there in force, and those folks are always accommodating. The 10th year (next year) may be my last as it just gets harder every year on me.

This show is a good show for buyers as all the dealers want to finish the year with good sales. We historically have marked 95 percent of our stuff at a 30 percent discount the last two hours of the sale on Sunday afternoon. Everyone knows that, so we do not give many discounts early in the show. Why should we?

Yes, if you wait to buy at 30 percent off, someone may buy what you want before the sale. It is the chance you take. I always say the time to buy it is when you see it; do not wait because chances are, it will not be there when you are ready to buy it.

The antique furniture that was offered for sale this year was as good as or better than any show I have been to this year. The selection or variety of items offered up was very good.

I attend a lot of events during the year that have not had the goods for sale that are abundant at this Gordyville event. The attendance seemed good but might not have been as good as other years. The second day is sometimes not as good as the first. Who knows the answer? Are we overbooked with shows in central Illinois? Let me know what you think.

Good antiquing!

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent via email to

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