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NYC Big Flea Antiques Market, The Largest Indoor Antiques Flea Market, Returns to Manhattan’s Pier 94

Sept. 26-27

Morphy's will auction the legendary Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection; Oct. 5th will be first in a series

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for details

Cole’s Antique Show in Warrenton, Texas is One of the Most Popular Shows

Sept. 24-
Oct. 3

The 57th Fishersville/Shenandoah Antiques Expo

Oct. 9–11

The LaBahia Antique Show Should Be On Your Don’t-Miss List

Sept. 25-
Oct. 3

Country Living Fair Returns To Atlanta

Oct. 23-25

James D. Julia Auctioneers Sells Their Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division To Dan Morphy Auctions, LLC

See article
for details

40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation to be Managed by Dolphin Promotions

March 12-13, 2016

Original Round Top Antiques Fair Now SIX Days

Sept. 28-
Oct. 5

Antiques & Appraising School Launches “New” e-Course

See article
for details

NYC Big Flea Antiques Market, The Largest Indoor Antiques Flea Market,
Returns to Manhattan’s Pier 94 on Sept. 26-27

NYC Big Flea presents the 2nd Annual NYC Big Flea Antiques Market on Sept. 26-27 at Pier 94’s 140,000 square-foot venue. More than 600 vendors from all over the world will showcase their unique goods, including vintage clothing, estate jewelry, furniture, fine art, silver and millions of dollars worth of decorative collectibles. The largest flea market in New York City’s history will kick off on Friday, Sept. 26th with a launch party sponsored by House Beautiful and hosted by Editor-in-Chief Sophie Donelson. The opening party is set to bring out some of the biggest names in interior design and fashion, such as Jamie Drake, Celerie Kemble, Lela Rose, Ann Caruso, and Steven Gambrel, to name a few.

NYC Big Flea is a sister company of D’Amore Promotions, the leading flea market operator in the U.S. for over 35 years that expanded into New York City in 2014 and received groundbreaking foot traffic with 10,000+ attendees at the inaugural event. Known for its extraordinary selection of treasures, the NYC Big Flea Antiques Market offers an array of items for every price point and taste ranging from accessories to high-end furniture.

“Shoppers at our NYC show can find amazing vintage clothing starting at $20 or serious collector items and fine jewelry valued at over $100,000. There is truly something for everyone,” said CEO Dee Dee Sides.

Admission is $15 for both days and free to those 12 years old and under. The NYC Big Flea Antiques Market also offers same day on-site delivery for customers purchasing larger items to take home.

NYC Big Flea Antiques Market is a sister company of D’Amore Promotions, that has successfully produced the Big Flea in Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg for more than 35 years. For more information about the Big Flea, visit

Cole’s Antique Show in Warrenton, Texas is One of the Most Popular Shows

One of best and most popular shows during Antique Week in Warrenton, Texas, Cole's Antiques Market will be offering 63,000 square feet of air conditioned shopping heaven from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3. Stuffed to the bursting point with top-notch antiques, fine art and collectibles for visitors, Cole’s 200 dealers have only the best antiques and vintage—no reproductions and nothing new. Venders will display their wares in the large building and in outdoor tents. Browse top-of-the-line antiques, collectibles, American primitives, linens, flow blue, china, oriental and Persian rugs, western collectibles, pottery, jewelry, Victoria and American furniture, fine art, glassware, rare clocks, lamps, silver, paper goods, postcards, toys and more. Expert glass repair and grinding on premises will be available.

Owned and operated by Diane and E.J. Cole, this hard-working couple is known for excellence when it comes to putting on an antiques show. Show hours are: Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 9 am-6 pm and Sat. Oct. 3, 9 am -4 pm, and it is located at the corner of Hwy. 237 and Willow Spring Road (FM 954). Dealer spaces available: 281-961-5092. For information, visit

Don’t miss the free wine tasting on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Expert glass repair and grinding will be on premises.

The LaBahia Antique Show Should Be On Your Don’t-Miss List

Don’t’ miss the 23nd Annual Labahia Antique Show, Sept. 25-Oct. 3, in Burton, Texas, near Round Top, Texas. Drive the old LaBahia Indian trail through the country and find antique treasures under the beautiful trees of an historic 1879 building. It is the perfect setting for the LaBahia Antique Show. Dealers come from Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, New York and other states to attend this event, bringing Flow Blue, Victorian, primitives, elegant glass, silver, American and English furniture, vintage and European linens and estate jewelry. Outside dealers will be offering merchandise such as garden architecture, shabby chic, quilts, vintage goods, re-purpose and collectibles. There will be porcelain restoration at the show.

The La Bahia Antique Show has been making positive impressions on visitors since it started in 1992. The Round Top Register's Antiques and Craft Show Guide states that among the "…shows that have shown consistent quality over the years is the La Bahia Antique Show at 237 and Hwy 290….”

Admission is free, and there will by country cooking all day. An opportunity to shop late will be on opening day when the hours will be 8 am to 8 pm. Show hours for the other days will be: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 8am-6pm and Oct. 3, 8am-4pm. Visit for info, or stop by Hwy. 237 (290 W) Burton, Texas. The Spring 2015 will be March 25-April 2—add it to your calendar.

Original Round Top Antiques Fair Now SIX Days

The Original Round Top Antiques Fair in an unprecedented move changed its opening day to Monday, Sept. 28 for the first time in its 48-year history, making this now a six-day show, closing on Saturday Oct. 3. The venues are still the same with The Big Red Barn hosting traditional antiques in air-conditioned comfort, featuring many dealers that have been with the show for decades offering Early Americana and fine period accessories. The air-conditioned Continental Tent, a large metal-framed exhibit area with large walled booths, focuses on European and Asian collections of early furniture, home accessories and fine art. The Big Red Barn Tent is the fun collections of later antiques, vintage furnishings and repurposed/industrial décor and accessories. Just over the hill, the Carmine Dance Hall features many of the Original Round Top dealers who exhibit their small antiques, including silver collections, textiles and early furniture.

Show Manager Susan Franks has been gathering these dealers, now over 300 strong, since she and her husband Bo bought the show in 2005. This has doubled her show’s size and dominance in the Round Top Market, one of the most popular in the country. Now with the extending of the days, she is giving her dealers and the shoppers even more opportunity to interface and consider their sales and purchases. Further, the dealers are coming to the show with sufficient supplies to restock as the show continues through the week.

The exact times are Monday early buying ticket 9 am-1 pm for $20, which is good all week. Regular buying hours are Monday 1 pm -7 pm and Tuesday through Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday 9am-4 pm. One admission of $10 is good all week during regular hours.

The website has details, driving directions and hotel information or call Susan at 512-237-4747. To visit without driving all the way, fly to Houston or Austin with a rental car at the airport. Hotels are in Bastrop, Lagrange, Giddings and Columbus. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair is at 435 State Route 237 in Carmine, Texas.

Look for great days of shopping at The Original Round Top Antiques Fair for antiques and period design, but reproductions are not allowed. 

Morphy's will auction the legendary Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection; Oct. 5th will be first in a series

Morphy Auctions has been chosen to auction the prestigious Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection, now owned by a private investor. It is the most valuable collection ever to pass through Morphy’s doors, with estimated value of $15-$20,000,000.

Musgo Gasoline porcelain advertising sign. Kyle D. Moore collection. Morphy Auctions image

Gas pump globe advertising Independent Gasoline. Kyle D. Moore collection. Morphy Auctions image

Containing more than 900 gas globes, 150 vintage gas pumps and 2,000 petroleum-related advertising signs, the collection was amassed over a 40-year period by Moore, a cable TV entrepreneur who died in March of 2014. Eight years prior to his demise, Moore sold the entire collection to an Oklahoma businessman.

After the collection was purchased, the buyer decided it should remain at Kyle Moore’s house. It was a wise move, since the collection was purchased as an investment and was secure and well cared for right where it was. There are signs worth up to $100,000 apiece and pumps worth as much as $30,000.

The collection will be dispersed in a series of four or five auctions, with the opener slated for October 5. Subsequent auctions will be held in 2016, starting with a January session. “We are honored to be handling such a prestigious and highly regarded collection,” said Dan Morphy, whose Lancaster County, Pa., company holds world auction records in many categories, including antique advertising.

Auction items will be on display at Morphy’s gallery approximately 30 days before each auction session, as well as online at Tel: 717-335-3435. 

“An Antique Aficionado and Treasure Seeker’s Paradise”:
The 57th Fishersville/Shenandoah Antiques Expo

Need some new furnishings or unique pieces for decorating your home? What about doing some holiday shopping? It’s never too soon! And the perfect opportunity is the 57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9–11 at the Augusta Expo (I-64, Exit 91) in Fishersville, Va. This weekend getaway is a quick jaunt from Waynesboro, Staunton and even Charlottesville and Lynchburg. And it’s definitely worth the trip from D.C. and other more distant locations.

Heritage Promotions, located in Lynchburg Va., sponsors this expansive indoor/outdoor event. "Since 1986 our show has grown into one of the premier antiques events in the Mid-Atlantic," said Raymond Stokes, co-founder of Heritage Promotions. "Thousands of folks return to Fishersville for every show because they scooped up a treasure or a ‘real steal’ on their last trip."

Whether you’re a serious buyer, novice collector or just a weekend travel buff, the Fishersville Show provides an amazing array of quality antiques, interesting and hard to find collectibles, and other vintage items. The Expo offers a fabulous venue of buildings, barns, booths and tents for the gathering of 300+ expert dealers. This antiques extravaganza attracts antique aficionados from all along the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic regions. The show offers tremendous values, Stokes said. "Collectors find authentic pieces at fair prices. Why go to New York and spend more?"

If you’ve never attended a Fishersville Antique Expo, mark your calendar—you won’t be disappointed. The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a reputation for fine 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques from top-notch, reputable dealers from Florida to Maine. Visitors seek treasures of jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs, and better collectibles such as doorstops, decorated stoneware, art, decoys, toys and Civil War memorabilia. Tastemakers of another sort snap up country Americana, such as early 19th-century painted furniture, and mid-century modern that tuck into eclectic interiors.

According to Stokes, "At the end of the day, the expo is sheer entertainment for anybody bitten by the antiques bug or somebody looking for a fun weekend. For a three-day $10 pass with free parking, you can search for an investment piece, one that jumps out at you and seems to call your name or something that just matches your decor!”

Hours for the 57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo will be: Oct. 9 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Oct .10 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Oct. 11 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). The Augusta Expo is at 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 (for directions during event: 540-337-2552). Admission: Oct. 9, $10; Oct. 10/11, $5 

Country Living Fair Returns To Atlanta, Oct. 23-25

Country Living magazine announced that the Country Living Fair will return to Atlanta, Ga., on Oct. 23-25 at Stone Mountain Park for the sixth year in a row. It is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors from across the country. The Country Living Fair brings the magazine’s content to life and gives readers access to a unique shopping experience along the wooded paths of beautiful Stone Mountain Park. The Fair will feature 200+ vendors from more than 25 states, including antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters and more. Guests will also have a chance to meet Country Living editors, attend cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations, sample locally-sourced, artisanal food, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market and the Country Living General Store.

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Cooking Channel’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys will make a special appearance on Saturday, Oct. 24 at noon on the main stage for a Q&A with Country Living editor-in-chief Rachel Hardage Barrett. After their discussion, Brent and Josh will hold a book-signing for their new book Beekman 1802 Style in the Country Living General Store. Sharing more than 200 photos from the Country Living magazine archives, along with never-before-seen photos of the Beekman farmhouse, Beekman 1802 Style will showcase interior and exterior inspiration, tips, tricks and resources all in one beautiful book. Beekman 1802 Style will be online at at a special rate before the Fair and available on site.

Ree Drummond, also known as “The Pioneer Woman” will make a special appearance on Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage. She will do a book-signing of her newest cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! at 3 p.m. in the Country Living General Store. This is the third book for the blogger, photographer, and New York Times best-selling author. Copies will be available online at at a special rate in advance of the Fair, and will also be available for purchase on site.

Additional special guests include: Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari and Joanne Palmisano, contributing DIY NETWORK designer and stylist.

The 2015 Country Living Fair in Atlanta is sponsored by the 2015 Ford Experience Tour, Go RVing, Jelly Belly®, Kikkoman and Simple Green® and is produced by Stella Show Management Company. For tickets and info, contact Stella Show Management Co. at 1-866-500-FAIR or For more info:

One-day admission is $13 in advance or $16 at the door; three-day weekend passes are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; Early Bird three-day weekend passes are $40 and grant early admission at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; free admission for children ages 16 and under. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day; gates open for Early Bird ticket holders at 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Held rain or shine, the Fair takes place in the Event Meadow of Stone Mountain Park, 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta, Exit 8 off of U.S. Highway 78. Regular parking fees apply. For event updates and more: or 

40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation to be Managed by Dolphin Promotions

Dolphin Promotions is pleased to announce that it has been selected by The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation to manage the 40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show to be held March 12-13, 2016 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The 40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show will feature 40 carefully selected dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe presenting a wide range of quality antique furniture, paintings, silver, bronzes, porcelain, crystal, antique and estate jewelry, pottery, prints, watches, rare books, vintage clothing and accessories, and much more.

The two-day event will open on Saturday, March 12 and continue through Sunday, March 13 at the beautifully renovated Sarasota Municipal Auditorium located at 801 N. Tamiami Trail, just a few blocks north of Fruitville Road. Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 – good for return both days of the show.

“I just love Sarasota and am so looking forward to organizing the Pineapple Antiques Show for The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation,” stated Rosemary Krieger, President of Dolphin Promotions, “We have organized antiques shows in Sarasota for over 25 years—so we have relationships with many dealers and collectors in the area. Sarasota is a wonderful community which has a very strong market for art, antiques and design."

Dolphin Promotions also organizes the Sarasota Winter Art & Antiques Show & Sale which will be held January 14-17, 2016 at Municipal Auditorium and benefits the local charity Designing Women. Dolphin Promotion’s portfolio of shows also includes the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show, Los Angeles Modernism Show benefiting P.S. ARTS, Palm Springs Modernism Show benefiting Modernism Week, and new Fall Edition of the Palm Springs Modernism Show benefiting Modernism Week. The Hillsborough Antiques + Art + Design Show held three times annually in San Mateo, Calif., and benefiting United Veterans Services, is the newest addition to their schedule of shows. For more information, visit

Antiques & Appraising School Launches “New” e-Course

The Asheford Institute of Antiques (AIA), a professional-level distance learning program on antiques, collectibles and appraising, recently rolled out its first ever online "e-Course," at an industry trade gathering earlier this month, in anticipation of the school’s 50th anniversary to be held in New York later this year. Described by school spokesperson Shelly Dumont as a watershed moment for the Institute, the school's first foray into e-learning was consistent with Asheford's innovative and groundbreaking teaching techniques employed over the last 50 years.

“When we offer something new, we like to take the time to make sure it's done right,” said Dumont at a Q & A session following the announcement.

When asked about the differences in curriculum between textbooks and the new e-Course format of the program, Dumont said there was literally no comparison.

“In terms of sheer volume, it's almost double the size of the printed version and comes loaded with interactive videos, multimedia-activities, web-based resource links, and a host of other features we simply can’t add into the texts.” Dumont went on to say that the e-Course had been in development for almost two years by the school’s IT team before any release dates were even considered.

Industry insiders attending the trade gathering were granted temporary pass codes to the e-Course and were given full access to the program’s options and features at a demonstration held during the event. Director of the school Charles Green presided over the presentation and noted during the unveiling that the program had undergone almost a year of beta-testing by international students prior to its intended release in North America.

A statement issued from the school’s Admissions Officer Tony Drew seemed to indicate a “full” release date for the new e-Course to be sometime in mid-July.

“We don’t want to rush it, but we’re really pleased with the response so far,” said Drew, “We think the e-Course is really going to be a game-changer when it comes to setting the bar for future antiques and appraising education.”

The press release went on to say that while the textbooks for the Asheford program are still available, they would likely be phased out in the next five to ten years.

Those seeking more information about the school’s new e-Course program may contact: 877-444-4508,, Asheford Institute of Antiques 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275EC16 Destin, FL 32541-2525, or 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Dept. 124EC16 Toronto, ON M5S 1R8. 

James D. Julia Auctioneers Sells Their Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division
To Dan Morphy Auctions, LLC

Fairfield Maine, June 24, 2015 - President James D. Julia has just announced that effective immediately, he is selling the firm's Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division to Dan Morphy Auctions LLC of Denver, PA.

“For nearly 30 years, we have been a major force in the antique toy, doll and advertising world but as of recently, we have had a couple of opportunities to sell this division. Coincidently, we were already contemplating expanding our Firearms Division, and the selling of the Antique Advertising, Toy, and Doll division subsequently made tremendous sense.”

“I have watched Dan’s company grow tremendously over the years; I have admired his success and always found him to be a great competitor. In my mind, Dan’s company is the leader in the world today for toys, advertising and coin op, etc. I thus felt that my past customers would best be served by his firm. Another consideration I had in selling to Dan was that he would have a place or position for some of my long-term and loyal consultants. Indeed my toy, doll, and coin-op expert, Jay Lowe, will now be associated with Dan Morphy’s firm in the years to come. While selling the Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division to Dan makes good sense, I do so with some sadness. I have always enjoyed the field of advertising, toy and doll collectables, in fact, when I first became a dealer in the late 1960s, advertising was the first thing I collected. I am especially going to miss the great number of passionate and special collectors and dealers I have made friends with over the years," said Julia.

For nearly 15 years, the department was headed by Andrew Truman, who during his tenure at Julia’s conducted many notable sales including the extraordinary Bob & Jackie Stewart Auction of rare cast iron toys which established many new records. In 2010, Truman also produced the Malcolm Deisenroth Auction of rare early American tin toys. This auction was the most notable sale of American tin ever conducted and the Deisenroth’s Bergman tin Santa and sleigh set a new world auction record for any toy at auction when it realized $161,000.

According to Jim Julia, “Andrew is very bright and has always been hard working. But the thing he has been most complimented for during his tenure here was how kind and pleasant he was to work with, our customers have loved him.”

Dan Morphy of Dan Morphy Auctions LLC said, “Morphy’s is excited to welcome Julia’s past consignors and clients to Dan Morphy Auctions LLC. We have long admired Julia’s sterling reputation for honesty and fair dealing with their clients, and we are looking forward to serving their clients in the future."

The sale is effective immediately and Julia's June 2015 auction was the last specialty Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction the Julia firm conducted.




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