January 19, 2005
Dear Members and Exhibitors,
I hope the New Year brings continued growth in our wallets and diminished stature in the posterior it rests upon. Rather than the other way round if a certain John had to wake up each morning facing an uncertain Teresa in the White House boudoir. Life is good after all.
I thought the new boy waiting in the wings was the next Gun Show savoir but I hear much displeasure from the rank and file. Better than nothing means I guess Iâ€™d better dust off some old locations and revive a few shows. Upstarts come and go like the seasons it seems.
Right to the point, in a month we will be at Lake George during their busy Winter Carnival again. We are back at the Holiday Inn Turf, which makes a great location for our February Show, in their small convention center. About 45 six-foot tables will be available for you exhibitors on Sunday, February 20th. A flyer is enclosed. Advertising starts today.
The following month is Saratoga on March 19 and 20 weekend and it will be another sell-out. Always our best attended show and a moneymaker. Flyer is also enclosed and I suggest your response for tables be immediate for those of you not already deposited. Please note the upcoming dates for the year as there has been a change.
The month of April will find us back in Herkimer, New York on April 9 & 10 with Friday set-up. This has always been a fine show for buying and I usually manage to sell pretty well also. We only have room for about 50 eight-foot tables so first come first served. The VFW treats us well with good food and available drink. It is a gun company area now and for the last two hundred years with Savage of Utica and Remington in Illion. Flyer is also enclosed. Incidentally, donâ€™t lose them â€“ Iâ€™m not sending out another.
Again weâ€™ll be in Plattsburgh at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Boynton Avenue. About the same time as last year, the show will be on April 30 and May 1 with a Friday set-up this time. We were full last year and had a real nice show. Some great stuff walked in and I believe all the dealers did fine. Iâ€™m sure it will sell out soon. Flyer is also enclosed.
As usual, you all should know by now that I accept deposits for all these shows, you donâ€™t have to send in the full amount for things four months down the line. But I do like to know who is planning on coming so send in your application with a few bucks and pay the balances prior to two weeks of the show date.
Weâ€™ll see what we develop for June and beyond with a new mailing in April or so. If you havenâ€™t renewed your memberships I suggest sending it in so you can benefit from the reduced table costs.
Incidentally, Cathy has a few openings for new income tax preparation clients due to a few departed vacancies. If you are paying an arm and leg for service rest easy that she only requires a normal fee and sends electronic returns also. Twenty odd years experience and considerable help to a number of you dealers already should put her on top of your list for income tax preparers. Donâ€™t call on April 5th though â€“ we are booked till the end.
Our NEACA.com website had 1,006,233 hits in December, first month we broke the million mark. It has been doing quite well but I need more guns and stuff for my Hudson River Trading Company business on the site. So, Iâ€™m going to accept consignments at 20% commission but the items have to be in my store where I can see and feel them. I have buyers for fine guns and quality militaria. Go to the site and have a look. And I donâ€™t discount from my prices.
Also, we are very close to getting our Arms Collectors Journal back in print and also on-line. It may be ready by February 15 if all goes well. On line subscriptions for $12.00 a year and first class mail at $24.00. We also need advertisers. Very similar format to the old Journal.
Lots of things going on this year so I hope you all stick around with memberships, take tables at our shows and check the website. Weâ€™ve had our fraternity of individualists for over twenty years now and I hope we all make it another twenty. Good hunting.
Cathy and Dave Petronis
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