Next month, more than 15,000 attendees and over 150 fine antiques and
horticultural dealers will make their way to the Music City Center for the 28th Annual
Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. There they will have the opportunity to peruse a
show floor filled with high-quality antiques curated by experts from across the country
along with beautiful landscaped gardens by top designers. All culminate into the biggest
show of its kind in the U.S. Housed in booths perfectly cultivated by talented antique
collectors, gardeners and florists, guests will be able to browse an array of antique
furniture, rugs, framed artwork, tapestries and meaningful accoutrements for their home
and garden, all while surrounded by one-of- a-kind garden installments.
For those who aren’t “experts” when it comes to antiquing, a whole show floor dedicated to
beautiful, fine antiques may seem daunting. Luckily Nashville-based antique dealers and
longtime Antiques and Garden Show exhibitors Randy Farmer and Michael Moore from
Artifacts have just the tips to make any newbie an expert.
- Always research and educate oneself about the things that interest you. Ask
questions of reputable dealers so you can be informed and able to make decisions,
allowing yourself to commit, once you find the perfect piece. When trying to
determine if something is an antique, make sure you have researched and
understand what you are viewing.
- There are many reproductions on the market, along with a lot of vintage items. All of
these may work into your decor, just make sure it is priced accordingly. When
negotiating price, be respectful and mindful of the amount of time, money and
energy that dealers put into their business. It is fairly common to ask for a better
price, but it is always good, as a buyer, to know an appropriate price range of items
that are of interest.
How will you ensure your selections will match your décor and make it home safely? Randy
and Michael suggest bringing along a tape measure, magazine clippings, fabric and paint
samples, and floor plans– and photos top the list! Another tip—always remember to
consider shipping options when purchasing larger items away from home.
Now that you’re on your way to becoming a seasoned antique collector yourself, be sure to
visit the Antiques and Garden Show website for all the details on the 2018 show. In
addition to gorgeous gardens and antiquing, festivities will include expert
lectures—including keynote speaker Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales
—on everything from design and architecture to floral arrangements, book
signings, bites, drinks, music and parties. For a full list of dealers and more information,
visit: antiquesandgardenshow.com/dealer-info/2018- dealers/.