Palmer/Wirfs & Associates' website celebrates the company's status as having America's Largest Antique & Collectible Shows. That was news to me, in spite of my close proximity to Portland. I also do not know how my mother came to have this particular postcard in her desk in 2000, the year she died. My guess is that she thought it would be interesting to have some of her parents' antiques evaluated. None of those items were ever appraised and now that I own half of them I'm going to tuck this information away for possible future reference. I'm not in any way a collector or expert of antiques, but it seems to me that having antiques appraised during a recession would bring different results than having appraisals done during a vibrant economy. Maybe an evaluation would be more realistic during a poor economy, but selling your stuff during a recession would have to net you less than if you waited for better times when just about everything would be inflated in value.
Of the venues listed on this postcard for antique shows back in 2000 I have been inside three of them: Portland Expo--where a boring date took me to see a boat show in the late 1980s, The Cow Palace in San Francisco--where in the mid 1970s the ex- and I saw the Paul McCartney and Wings show from backstage because the ex's brother was a roadie for Paul, and The Tacoma Dome--where, somewhat ironically, Michael my husband and I saw Paul McCartney's Back in the U.S. concert in 2002.
I've never been to an antiques show, although I've been in antiques shops in several cities. Quite frankly, living around the antiques that I have inherited (yes, I have an emotional attachment to them) makes me disinclined to want to ever attend an antiques show. I'm still dying to get inside the Ikea store in Portland, and from what I see on the website and from scenes in the captivating movie 500 Days of Summer, Ikea is about as far as you can get from the world of antiques.
Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson