While our club members put in a lot of work into the planning of our depression glass show and display setup, the hardest working individuals are always our dealers. Most shoppers are in such awe of the sparking rainbow of colors in the 15,000 square foot ballroom, they don’t stop and think about how all of this depression glass got there. What all goes into the dealer’s booths? Here is an extremely simplified list:
- Glass purchase. They scour the country (or at least region) for glass that is purchased from private collections, as well as antique shows, flea markets, estate sales, consignment shops, etc.
- Cleaning/pricing/packing. Three elements essential in show prep.
- Travel time. Most of our depression glass dealers come in from out-of-state, which requires filling up a large van or hitched trailer with all those boxes of glass, along with filling up that fuel tank several times.
- Arrival. At the crack of dawn on Friday, they arrive at the show to first set up shelving and lights before the first piece of glass comes out. It takes around 8 hours for them to unpack all of their inventory and set up the booth.
- Dinner/sleep. The dealers need a good night’s rest to prepare for an 8 hour show the next two days.
- Show days! Now is the opportunity to interact with all of the attendees, and often times buy glass from other dealers. Yes, these dealers don’t just re-sell depression glass, they collect it as well.
- Tear down. While slightly less work than setup, it still take a lot of time to wrap up any unsold glass, pack away the shelving and lights, then haul it all back to the trailer.
- Homeward bound. This isn’t always the case. Some go home, while others are off to the next glass show the following weekend in a different part of the country.
Thanks to each of our dealers for putting so much time and effort into their booths. Without you, there would be no annual show. And thanks to all of the attendees who appreciate all of this hard work and support these dealers with purchases. Keep all of this in mind when you go to buy depression glass at the show – the dealer’s profit margin isn’t just based on what they paid for the glass. They also have to cover all of those travel expenses like gas, hotel, meals, etc….not to