Rio Show Sees Attendance Boost

Judging by the empty display shelves on the final day, this year's Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show was a success. Held June 1–5 at the Rio Suite Hotel & Casino, the show featured over 280 exhibitors and saw attendance increases of approximately 5 percent over last year's figures. Sales increased 2 percent, and buyers were largely on the lookout for big, often retro-style items. “I've got no big pieces left,” said Jeffrey Eller of Sharp Facets Gallery, Greenwood, S.C. “Everyone's looking for the big, fine, signed pieces—although they don't have to be signed, as long as they're fine. My low- and midrange pieces are just not selling.” Joan Stern from Designs by Irene, Montgomery Village, Md., echoed this observation, noting that the quest for larger items stood out among their other, more usual, requests. “We have a lot of Southern customers,” she said,
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