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411: New Antiques

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A new market—younger and more urban—is the target of the fourth annual Merchandise Mart International Fall Antiques Fair this upcoming weekend, with the introduction of “Emporium.” Emporium is a pavilion within the larger fair itself, which Mart spokesperson Lauren Finch describes as focusing “on dealers specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century style. The make-up of the dealers, the affordability of the antiques ($50-$5,000), and the expert dealers participating make the Emporium an un-intimidating area where no matter what a person’s experience is in collecting antiques, they can feel comfortable. It is designed to bring in newer and/or potential antiques collectors.” Typical dealers in this category include Chicago’s Broadway Antique Market, which specializes in Art Deco from the thirties up through mid-century pieces from the seventies. The fair runs October 1-4. (Brian Hieggelke)

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