According to them, the annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is “where knowledgeable collectors and dealers acquire antiques.” Additional PR materials from their website say that it is the largest summer indoor antiques show in the USA. It is now in its 33rd year and includes 575 International Dealers and a 90-dealer Antiquarian Book Fair.
I do not collect antiques, but I am a great lover of tsotchkes, so I figured why not go? This was my first giant fair of antiques and it was just as overwhelming as an art fair. There was a lot of artwork mixed in with antique jewelry, rugs, furniture, and other random and sundry housewares, and, for the most part the artwork was hilariously awful. If you are looking to purchase a faux impressionist painting or a Warholian ‘signature’ piece, this is the place. (I will admit I liked the Warhol sketches.) Did I buy anything? Nope. But I did find some pretty amazing things, both from a beauty standpoint and a ‘scratch your head/not understand at all’ perspective. All are pictured below for your viewing pleasure.