‘Mind-Blowing’ Show in Miami

It didn't take long for exhibitors and attendees to see that this year's Miami Beach Antique Show would be a rousing success. Halfway into the first day, exhibitors were already upbeat about sales, and a sense of optimism ran through the show as more and more people crowded the aisles. By the end of the day, people were wandering the aisles with dazed expressions. "It sort of blows your mind," said one. The show—which this year numbered 920 exhibitors and is widely regarded by antique dealers and collectors as "the one to see"—ran from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It's riding a wave of momentum: Last year saw attendance surge almost 20%, and this year attendance jumped another 16%. "I really think the economy is coming back strong," says show manager Andrea Canady. "Over the past two years people were just looking and not buying, but this year they were p

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