The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX, formerly the Adirondack Museum) has announced that 2019 will be the last year of its annual Antique Show and Sale.
ADKX said the event will be replaced by the Adirondack Artisan Festival, premiering in September 2020.
The Antique Show and Sale first began in 1995, drawing as many as 100 vendors in its early years. Cars lined both sides of Route 30 as thousands flocked to the show to snap up treasures that complemented the popular Adirondack style of homes and camps. More recently, the number of participating dealers and buyers has fallen dramatically, organizers say, even after ADKX tried various strategies to revitalize the show.
“This was not an easy decision for us,” ADKX’s Executive Director David Kahn said in an announcement of the change sent to the press. “Larger forces in society have overwhelmed the show. Dealers seem to be retiring in droves and people are buying more and more online. Unfortunately, AKDX’s show was not immune to these trends. ADKX offers its heartfelt thanks to the many dealers and collectors involved in the Antique Show and Sale over the years.”
The Adirondack Artisan Festival is expected to feature unique items made by artists and artisans from the 12 Adirondack counties and is set to take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, following the ever popular ADKX Rustic Furniture Fair, which will celebrate its 34th season on September 12 and 13, 2020.
More information about Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is available on their website.