When we published our first monthly newsletter in February 2004, we had no idea how vital it would become to our business. Over the following decade and a half, our circle of online followers grew both domestically and globally, and, when Covid temporarily cancelled the shows that comprised an important share of our buying and selling, our newsletters and website seamlessly filled the gap. We’re grateful to Marvin Getman, who developed the New York Online Antiques Show and the online platform that made success in that show seem inevitable, to the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association, who welcomed us into their online Fox Valley Shows, and to our newsletter readers and followers on Instagram, who have kept us floating happily through the uncharted waters.
But, as we seem to have emerged from the tunnel that was Covid, we’re attempting to determine the best path for us as we go forward. In 2021 we traded our cargo van for a minivan, and I've just had my 83rd birthday (Jan isn’t far behind), so the likelihood that we’ll return to live shows is slim. On the other hand, we both love this business, and our new barn is a showplace in which we enjoy displaying our stock to visitors to our website and other customers who occasionally drop by.
So, in this first newsletter of our twenty-first year of publishing, we’re announcing a small but significant change. We’re moving our monthly newsletters from Tuesdays to Saturdays and, more importantly, half of them will contain new stock listings. Here’s the plan for the next 12 months: