Mid-America News - JANUARY 2019
Sandee Millett's enthusiasm for her Old Summit Country Antique Show can warm the interior of the Pavilion even before the furnace kicks in early morning. The show's twice-a-year return to the Lee's Summit venue heralds a break from the drought of shows that seems to descend upon antique lovers this cold time of year.
"It will be packed with dealers, some new and many from states outside the area," says Millett.
Patrons of early country wares and Americana will find plenty of items, many that will take one back to the late-1800s.
Millett calls the day — January 19 — "an unbelievable shopping experience." Show hours are 9 am to 5 pm; admission is $5. For more information, go to www.oldsummitantiqueshow.com.
Jamesport has the largest Amish population in Missouri. The town also hosts one of the best antique auctions in northern Missouri. Expect some 50 tables, not counting furniture, says Misty Scott, organizer for the auction.
"We'll have glassware, deer mounts, windmills, old stoves, iron, display cabinets, jewelry, baseball cards, milk glass . . . I could go on," says Scott.
"We do it every January since there's not much going on and it brings people to town."
The All Antique Auction will be held Jan. 19 at the A.V. Spillman Center in Jamesport. Doors open at 10 am and the auction goes on until everything is sold. Deadline for submitting "quality antique consignments" is Dec. 31. Call 660-684-6146, 660-684-6969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Success at Paramount
Like many Midwest cities, Wichita has had its share of economic swings. However, one local entity — with three branches — has not only weathered but prospered through the up and down business cycles. Paramount Management, owner of Paramount Antique Malls and Paramount Marketplace, has mastered the quirks and changing tides of the antique/collectible retail world.
"Customer service," says Carrie Wellborn, social media and marketing coordinator for Paramount.
She says the key is staffing. "We have the availability of a good amount of staffing people on hand. They're on the floor to show people an item, talk about it and even hold it for them at the counter. It's all about making it an enjoyable shopping experience."
Though the three stores have a combined area of nearly 100,000 square feet of space and more than 350 vendors, there remains a waiting list for vendors to sell their wares at a Paramount location.
"That we always have a waiting list is testament of our success," says Wellborn. Similarly, the waiting list brought about the growth from one mall (Paramount) founded some 18 years ago, to Paramount East 8 years ago, to the recent Paramount Marketplace, which opened its doors two years ago.
"It's exciting," says Wellborn. "I love the fact that we're full of small business owners, all part of another local small business."
The three Paramount locations host a number of flea and outdoor markets through the year. Sales' events are frequent, particularly around holidays and obvious themes. The next sales event, scheduled for January 12-13, is called "Baby It's Cold Outside."
Wellborn said other community outreach efforts are planned for 2019 though she can't discuss them at present. For more information, go to www.paramountantiquemall.com.
A good year going into the next
The First City of Kansas continues its distinction in the state. Leavenworth has just about everything a city way larger than itself would contain, from the arts, to entertainment, to learning, to amenities, to stay and visit a while.
Wendy Scheidt, executive director of Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc., knows the pulse of this city through its 28 blocks of downtown and 250-plus businesses. Scheidt calls it a "full service" delivery with boutiques, vintage and antique stores, home decor, thrift and repurposed outlets, arts and crafts classes and professional and service related enterprises. Overall, says Scheidt, downtown investment averages $3.45 million annually. Twelve new businesses opened in 2018 and for the new year Scheidt points to a live jazz venue opening along with a children's resale boutique.
Overall, Scheidt says, Leavenworth continually demonstrates that it's an excellent place to visit and do business. The Alive After Five event occurs the first Thursday of each month. The next one, featuring a chili and soup cook-off in 10 shops, is Jan. 3. For more information, go to www.leavenworthmainstreet.com.
The 'Alley-way' in Conway
Ever seen a tornado siren up close? Patrons of the Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show have seen them.
"We take pride in have a great variety," says show organizer Ashley Norris. No doubt. Norris adds that the show focuses on the 1950s and earlier offerings with this year's show featuring 210 booths and dealers from 10 states that will fill the 40,000 square feet Conway Expo Center in Conway.
"It's the whole base of retro, vintage, antique from Pyrex, to Fire-King to Victorian furniture, to architectural salvage," says Norris.
The Antique Alley Antique Show is Jan. 12-13, 9 am to 5 pm, and 12 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children for both days. For more information, call 501-230-5728 or visit www.AntiqueAlleyAR.com.
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