High gasoline prices have made wondering country roads looking for "finds" prohibitively expensive. To cope, many dealers are taking their antiques to big summer shows that offer one-stop shopping, and Allegan is one of the Best Places To Be.
Allegan is one of the top ten indoor/outdoor antique shows in America.
Antiques Magazine (National Publication)
One of the finest shows in the Great Lakes area. A friendly staff who take care of things quickly and professionally.
One of Michigan's most scenic fairgrounds - large oak and walnut trees - Allegan dealers speak of ideal conditions and paying customers. Dealers state [that] this show lives up to it's billing; We have returned for years.
"Allegan is tops" - "A sellout crowd"
"I travel 600 miles" - "Strong sales"
"Huge shade trees - paved walks"
Some antique markets have reported sagging sales and lower dealer count, but Allegan presented a full complement of dealers with many reports of good sales.
We talked to dealers from four different states. They said:
"Allegan is a hot spot for sales. This show has been terrific!"
At the Allegan Antiques Market, hordes of hopeful antique hunters get a blissful day among one of the biggest selections of antiques to be found. It's a good show for all concerned. Patrons leave happier and dealers leave richer.
The Grand Rapids Press
This market draws visitors from across the country:
"I [have] worked with many promoters at various shows I rate this show the best"
"A wonderful show business wise. I have never had a down year"
"I'll never give up my booth. I'll will it to my children"
"Love the Fairgrounds and one of the best promoters"
"What I find exciting about Allegan is there's always new and unexpected finds and the grounds are just beautiful.
Kalamazoo Gazette, Arts and Entertainment Feature, Sunday August 20, 2000