Marcellino, our European Antique Picker is featured in this week's Antique Week! Here's the text of the article. Eric Rodenberg, associate editor, did a great job. Eric has become Marcellino's American pickin' buddy when we are in the area. Thanks Eric!
Appreciation weekend a big hit at Exit 76 Antiques
EDINBURGH, Ind. — A chink in winter’s armor peeked out from the southeastern Indiana skies during the weekend of March 7-9, bringing a good turnout out for one of the year’s biggest events at the Exit 76 Antiques mall.
“We had about 2,600 customers in for the weekend,” said Nic Nicoson, manager of Exit 76. “That’s not close to any record, but considering how everything has been this winter, it was very pleasant. Still, I would have to say we had strong results.”
The total attendance was 12 percent above last year. “But you have to remember we were under some pretty big numbers from last year,” Nicoson added.
Customers from 21 states – including Alaska – made purchases from the 72,000-square-foot mall over the weekend.
Nicoson said the mall sold more than 4,000 items during its 10th annual Customer Appreciation Weekend.
“We saw a wide variety of just about every category we have selling,” Nicoson said. “We sold Civil War items, jewelry, glassware, furniture – you name it. It was a very good crowd. I don’t think it was our typical antique crowd, although 45 percent of our buyers were repeat customers – which is always good to see. I think we brought some new faces in.”
Nicoson said the under 30-year-old crowd saw a jump of 14 percent over last year. The over-50 crowd was steady at 63 percent, with female shoppers typically showing an edge of 57 percent of buyers.
Of the 343 merchants at the mall, 70 vendors turned out to meet buyers and haggle over prices.
The European Picker Marcellino van Hoof, coming off a frenzied picking day throughout Indiana and Ohio prior to greeting customers at the mall, was pleased with sales. He reportedly sold two European hutches and two vases, in addition to several smalls. A clock fancier, van Hoof showed merchants how to restore and make repairs to clockworks.
He said he planned to ship in another container from Holland in May.
The next special event weekend for Exit 76 is Uncle Sam Savings Weekend on July 4-6.