Boston is in the enviable position of being the host city of not one, but six major professional building and renewable-energy conferences in 2008! This once-in-a-lifetime convergence of key regional and national organizations brings national and international experts to our fair city, focusing on energy, green education, advances in building practices, and practical actions for today and tomorrow. There is growing excitement among professionals, building owners and consumers who are interested in clean, renewable energy, sustainable buildings and the newest technologies and policies that are informing how we design, how we build and how we live. March 11-13: NESEA’s 33rd Annual BuildingEnergy08 Conference and Trade Show Seaport World Trade Center
A RECENT FIND!
Restoration Resources, Inc. Boston, MA
An arch-top window, salvaged from an elegant house in Massachusetts.
Old House Parts: Bought - Sold - Traded 3 Mill Street, Exeter, NH 03833
If you live in New England, you can't miss this show. A local Flea Market where I never come home empty handed, in fact, a U-haul makes more sense. There's something there for everyone and be sure to bring comfy shoes and lots of water.
2008 BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW DATES
May 13-18 • July 8-13 • September 2-7
Round Pond Antiques
High Point, North Carolina
High Point is known for its furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. It is generally regarded as the "Furniture Capital of the World" and "North Carolina's International City" due to the semi-annual High Point Market that attracts 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from around the world.
The massive trade show is the largest, most well-known, and most important furnishings industry trade show in the world.
Approximately 12,000,000 square feet (1,100,000 m˛) of showroom space is used by 2300 exhibitors, in 188 separate buildings.
An average of 150,000 persons attend Market each year: manufacturers, exhibitors, retail buyers, sales representatives, interior designers, architects, exhibitor support personnel, suppliers, and news media.
Las Vegas, Nevada
NYC, New York
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market
SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO
The City Different is one of America's most popular & enticing cultural tourism destinations. Gorgeous scenery coupled with hundreds of galleries, museums, artist studios and historic sites make this a perfect art lover's haven.
Carmagnola market is about a 20-minute drive south of Turin and held every second Sunday of the month (except August). Be prepared for a trek through this one: there are over 250 stalls laid out in the main square and winding pedestrian streets of the pretty town centre. With modern craftsmen set up beside bric-a-brac stalls, you will find lots of lovely Italian glass and jewelers, alongside genuine antique and collectables.
You need to be an early bird for the market at Cormano, near Milan. It starts at 7.30am every Saturday and is over by lunchtime (2pm). If you want a real bargain - and have comfortable walking shoes - you should find plenty of things to tempt you among the 150 stalls. The area is famous for silk - Como produces 80% of Europe’s silk and has been doing so since the 14th century.
One of the great "discoveries" we made during filming was the warehouse markets in Italy. These are huge spaces where ordinary householders take their things to sell (the equivalent of British car-boot sales). You can buy everything, from fully fitted kitchens and furniture, to televisions, dinner services, toys and clothes. You name it – if you want to furnish your home, you can buy it here. Everything has a price (usually very cheap), and this decreases by 10% if the article has not sold after one month. Mercatino di Torino is certainly worth a rummage!
Mirepoix, Southern France
Some of the small towns and villages in France have a wonderful reputation for staging huge markets, just once or twice a year, when the entire community is taken over by anything from 200 to 500 stalls. It’s like a massive car-boot sale but with all the trappings of a genuine antique and collectable market. You’d be amazed at the things that turn up. These markets are called "vide-greniers" – or attic sales. The village of Auriac-sur-Vendinelle hosts one over an entire weekend in May. There are professional dealers, and amateurs just there for the fun of it. Certainly worth a trip if you are in the area.
Lille, Northern France
Lille is home to probably one of the biggest markets in the country. It’s called La Braderie and is packed over the first weekend of September. And when I say big, I mean huge! It attracts over a million visitors and boasts around 200km if pavement stalls. So be prepared for a long hike!