Member Blogs > Read'Em Again BooksGetting Ready for Charm City - 21 Aug 12

  • Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:32:58    Permalink
    Ive spent the past couple of evenings getting ready for the big Baltimore antique show and book fair (it has nearly 600 dealers including fifty or so booksellers) that will kick off this coming Thursday and run through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center at the Inner Harbor. 
    I probably dont dislike this show as much as some booksellers, but its not a show that I enjoy doing because the booth and lodging fees are relatively expensive, load-in and especially load-out is often a real pain, the white carpet is sacrosanct when it comes to dollies, I have to take leave from my job for three days since the setup is on Wednesday, and I always have the feeling that the promoters areappropriately enough I supposefar more interested in meeting the needs of the antique dealers, many of whom really spend really big bucks for their fancy booths. Last years show got off to a miserable start as about half of the booksellers (me included) had to pack-up and relocate to different part of the hall after the show closed on its first night since a couple of gigantic storms were bearing in on Baltimore and the facility had well-known serious leaks above our area.  At least none of the maintenance workers crashed into my booth with an electric cart, knocking down tables, shelves, and books; don't laugh; that happened; ask Gary Austin.  Still, I keep coming back because this event is usually one of my better shows each year when it comes to dealer, floor, and post-show sales.Also, it doesn't hurt that there is always something going on at the Inner Harbor, and if the Orioles are in town you can sometimes catch part of a game at Camden Yards depending upon the start time.

    This year, the show organizers have moved the booksellers to a different area.  We'll be set up just inside the Charles Street entrance and to the left.  My booth number will be 2343, and I'll be set up on the aisle that will serve as border between the book section and the antique dealers. A map of the show floor is on pages 81-82 in the program.

    I plan on having some interesting things with me including a whaling journal from the Schooner Penelope that is illustrated with 51 full-page watercolor paintings. 

    Here are links to both the show program and to a catalog of some of the items I'll be bringing.If you're in the area, I hope you can attend the show and stop by if you get the chance.

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