TRAVEL HERE: DALLAS INTERNATIONS ART, ANTIQUE & JEWELRY SHOW
The Palm Beach Show Group has my number. They knew I’d ignore anything they sent to my email inbox. So, they sent an invitation for the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show right to my snail mail. They knew my husband, too. For him they included a free VIP card for the Opening Night Preview. Once they got him there, they fed him wine and cheese.
Even though you’re more likely to get my attention with snail mail than through my in box, you’ve got to do more than send me some 4X6 post card or a flyer printed on newsprint. The Palm Beach Show Group’s cardstock alone would have gotten my attention, but look at that invitation. There was no way to resist it.
If you were going to make a list of things that I love, art, antiques and jewelry would be right there at the top of the list right behind travel and when I travel, I want to see art, antiques and jewelry. Throw in wine, cheese and holding hands with my handsome husband? I’m all over it.
I’m not exactly sure how I got on their list in the first place. Was it zip code? My blog? My membership at the museum or arboretum? Maybe my credit card account at Neiman Marcus. I don’t know who to thank, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Visiting the Show
On Thursday night, we dressed up like people who could afford art, antiques and jewelry and made our way to Market Hall. Valet parking was available, but not included, so we found our own parking space and followed the crowd into the east side of of Market Hall. That was a real shock to the senses.
It was the right time, but I’d entered the wrong door. I was all geared up for the finest in decorative arts and East Hall just didn’t match my postcard. At the door, a lady at the ticket desk immediately recognized us as people who were in the wrong place, even if it was the right time. “Go right on through to the back and make a left,” she said. I was expecting golden candelabra and silver chafing dishes, so the leopard printed t-shirts and rhinestone covered plastic handbags on our way to the rear exit were quite disconcerting. I’m not sure what show we’d wandered into, but it was all wrong.
A few moments later we spied luxury sedans being driven by uniformed valets. It seemed we’d found it. One of the courteous valets opened the door for us and a sequin wrapped woman handed me a glass of champagne. Even if I hadn’t gotten to the right place, no one would have been able to get me to leave.
I’m a sucker for flowers, so the first thing I noticed was the huge urns of fragrant fresh arrangements. The whole hall was redolent with roses and lilies. I’d found my happy place.
The next thing to catch my eye was diamonds – lots of them – sparkling like a jewel thief’s heist. Is there anything more seductive than diamonds? Even though I’m not one of those women who lives for jewels, I found myself drawn to the bright exhibit of facets displayed by Rosenberg Diamonds.
Almost as soon as my feet headed to the diamonds, an oil painting in the Guarisco Gallery booth lured me in that direction. I literally didn’t know which way to go. The problem continued throughout the evening. I’d head one way, only to find myself drawn in another. After about my third time around the show, Bill was finally able to convince me to go home.
Palm Beach Show Group did something else. They handed me a glorious catalog as we departed and reminded me the VIP card which admitted me into the Opening Night Preview would get me in for the rest of the show. Saturday I had big plans for the Dallas Travel and Adventure show, but you know what? Once the travel seminars were over and I’d picked up all the brochures I could carry, I headed back to Market Hall. This time, instead of my husband, I had my best friend with me. She was as delirious as I was among all the spectacular merchandise.
Dallasites, I have great news for you. The show doesn’t close until today, so if you drop what you’re doing right now and hurry over to Market Hall, you can see it, too. But you can’t borrow my VIP card, because I may be returning for one last look. There’s a star sapphire ring and a painting of lions that I can’t get out of my mind.
If you don’t live in Dallas, don’t fret. The Palm Beach Show Group has shows in several locations across the nation. Check out their website for the venue closest to you.