The 11th annual Charleston Antiques Show is March 21–23, 2014 at the very beautiful Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., in downtown Charleston, SC. This is the premier antiques show in Charleston, a benefit for the Historic Charleston Foundation and managed by The Antiques Council. The website of the Historic Charleston Foundation is: www.historiccharleston.org.
Most of the antique dealers return year after year with the latest and most impressive antiques they have to offer. This is not for the ordinary antique collector. This show is designed for the most discriminating and sophisticated collector and antique shoppers with grand homes to showcase their things.
There is a fair amount of furniture in this show and that may be the best thing about it since so many dealers do not want to carry around large heavy furniture. Smaller items are easier to find in general. Some of the dealers, like Michael Hall, specialize in Southern decorative arts. G Sergeant Antiques of Woodbury, CT, always has the finest furniture and mirrors. Jane Thompson Antiques also has classic furniture. Trace Mayer Antiques should have oil paintings as well as furniture.
Peter Pap of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs is usually there. He has one of the finest collections and knows far more about antique oriental rugs than most antique dealers. If you are considering buying an oriental rug, it is worth going to the show just to talk with him and see what he has you might like. Also, these rugs will increase in value if you buy the right thing. After all, what is a classic home full of antiques without an oriental rug?
Arader Galleries is known worldwide for their large selection of the finest prints. Although many of their things are very expensive, they do have a nice selection of affordable maps of Charleston and South Carolina that are not often seen locally. They would be a great addition to any historic Lowcountry home.
Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art will have a great selection of oil paintings and art. Things like this have to be seen in person to appreciate the colors and size. Art prices have been skyrocketing these days.
The Antiques Council website has a list of the antique dealers that will be there on their website: www.antiquescouncil.com. They have links to all the exhibitors’ websites and that makes it very easy to anticipate and plan your time. Even for antique shoppers who miss the show, they can browse the websites.
Parking is not easy to find and driving directions can be challenging as the streets are sometimes one way. The website www.parkopedia.com is the best source of information on parking with maps that are easy to understand. The hours are: 10 AM – 6 PM Friday; 10 AM – 6 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 5 PM Sunday. The admission is $15.00. Photographs of their previous shows can be found at www.clydeantique.com, the website on antique shopping in Charleston.