Our club’s 42nd annual depression and era glass show was held November 1 and 2, 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan. It was highly successful with over 1,200 attendees during the two days. While many depression glass shows around the country are struggling to get people through the door, we continue to not only stay strong – but grow. Our success is due to a variety of factors, a few of which are outlined below:
- Awesome marketing. Our club is fortunate to have two members who are marketing professionals – Jonathan Fuhrman and Jennifer Ganem. They do a great job of managing our advertising, which includes everything from print media to public relations and social media.
- Our database team. We maintain a record of all glass show attendees for the past five years, and send a postcard to everyone – not just the people who attended last year.
- Our board members. A depression glass show doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes month of planning to take care of the big details (line up dealers, arrange the floor plan, etc.) as well as the small ones (who is making the coffee, getting change for the admissions table, etc.).
- The display committee. Very few shows go to the lengths of creating such an elaborate display. We consider this to be one of the unique draws of our show, as this display gets attendees to start thinking about how to use and display their glass. From design sketches to construction and setting up the glass – the idea takes shape and develops into something stunning.
- Our general membership. They talk up our show to friends and family, pass out cards at antique malls and estate sales, bring food in for our dealers, help set up the club booth, work the show, and do a hundred other things.
- Our dealers. Without them, there is no glass show. They drive across the country, bring in truckloads of glass, and spend all of Friday setting up to create a room that absolutely sparkles by the time the first person walks in the door on Saturday morning.
- And finally, our attendees! It is our greatest pleasure to share this spectacular experience with other glass collectors, as well as the general public. We are delighted about each and every person that takes time out of their weekend to spend a few hours in the sea of color.
A big thank you to everyone who worked, sold, or attended the show. We look forward to seeing all of you at our 43rd show November 7 & 8, 2015! Please tell your friends, family, and other collectors you run into at those estate sales and flea markets!