Larre, I think you are completely missing the point on what I am saying or said.
I think it is fantastic for you to arrange and have a regional meeting. I firmly believe that we should try and have more around the country. Sometimes they work, sometimes they do not. Sometimes they work once or twice and other times they falter. The 2 meetings in PA are a prime example of that. When its great weather, people like to get out and enjoy the outdoors, visit the various antique shows and attend a show for one night. That is what a regional meeting is, a one night meeting for people to get together, swap stories, sell and trade glasses.
Even when the annual meeting was held in Indy, there were 2 other local shows that people could attend in addition to the meeting. When the annual meeting was held in Chicago, there was a big toy show with a glass alley that people were able and anxious to attend.
As for finding items at the show and antique show in Columbus, I know of many extremely hard to find glasses including prototypes and salesman samples that were found in the field. Many of these were shown at the show and tell or featured in the newsletter. One only needs to look in the last newsletter and see 2 prime examples of that. The Coke glass was found in the field in Columbus and the Warner Bros pitcher was found in an antique mall on way to show. Another person found a full set of the 1960's Hanna Barbera glasses with Cindy bear for just $20 at one of the antiques shows in PA this last year.
For a meeting to be successful on a consistent basis, it needs to have a show or shows in conjunction with the meeting. The reason for this is simple, you get a variety of people who can come from all over to set up at a show with items they can sell. Antique malls are nice and a great addition to a show. Biggest problem with malls that I hear from people all the time is the merchandise seems to get stagnant so you tend to see the same thing over and over.
I of course like to have a show as I would be traveling around 1200 miles and 20 hours, ONE WAY. I almost need to have a show to set up with to help defray the increasing costs of travel, a huge expense. Many of the glass collectors also collect other items or their spouse collects other items so a antique show/toy show/market allows them to do more than look for glasses.
I wish more people like yourself was ambitious enough to want to set up a regional meeting. I encourage you and others to do so and based on the extremely vast history of past shows, I see what works and what doesnt work, that is why I encourage people to have meetings in conjunction with a toy show, antique show, regional flea market, etc.
The other thing is you dont want to have the meeting to close to the other events already taking place, people are not going to make a long travel and costs twice, only the ones who live close will benefit.
Hanging out in a room with 2000 glasses with a dozen people sounds like a fun thing. I think everything that is going to happen can happen in one evening, I dont see the need to stretch it into 2 full days.
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