Chantilly’s DC Expo hit the ground in its 20th year opener, with D’Amore Productions managing to fill the venue with over 750 booths, all filled to the brim with antiques and vintage pieces from across the Eastern half of the United States, all for the tasteful home decorators like BD Decorators, to pick through.
The event, which ran from the 6th to the 7th of January 2018, started off hot, in spite of the sudden cold snap that has struck the Eastern US thanks to a winter storm that made its way from the South. Despite the terrible cold, icy road conditions, and the fact that the building had to keep its bay doors open for them, making the building as frigid as the outdoors, the show’s exhibitors and salespeople came in with their antiques and powered through the cold.
The event officially opened on the 6th of January, Saturday, at 8:30 in the morning, half an hour earlier than scheduled, as consideration to the many shoppers that showed up for the antique spree.
The DC Big Flea Expo is notable due to the fact that many shows of its kind and scale are either growing smaller, or dying outright, while this show managed to get sold out, in spite of some cancellations brought about by the dangerous weather. D’Amore Productions were able to find other dealers to take the places of that ones that had to cancel.
The United States has a fascination for Stickley- and Mission-style furniture, as any decorator like BD Decorators can attest, and the show is no different. Two North Carolina dealers; Statesville’s Emerson Manning and Wilmington’s Robert Hause, set up shop next to each other selling furniture in these two styles, and both reported their pleasure with their participation.
Other vintage furniture in other styles were available during the expo, but, notably, the show also had some fine art dealers, such as Southern Fine Arts, from Greenvile, N.C., who were selling their products there, most of which were oil paintings from within the prior century-and-a-half.
Joan Sides of D’Amore Productions expressed pleasure with how the show turned out, which has been running strong for 20 years now, with some of its exhibitors having been present since the very first expo. She says that the attendance in 2018’s expo was pretty much par for the course.