Shop The Best Of New England From Home: Antiques Dealers' Association/Historic Deerfield Show Goes Online

An Innovator In The Format, Antiques Dealers' Association Offered Their First Online Show In 2014

September 11, 2020

On the heels of a successful virtual spring show, the Antiques Dealers' Association of America (ADA) announced the long-running ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show will be going online and donating a portion of the proceeds to Historic Deerfield. The ADA is a member-based organization composed of professional dealers dedicated to integrity, honesty, and ethical conduct in the antiques trade. Expect to find more than 1,000 objects representing the best in American (and some European) antiques, fine art, folk art, Americana, Native American, and other decorative arts. Hosted over Columbus Day weekend, the online show opens Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. and will continue through Monday, Oct. 12, at 10 p.m. EST on its website at
The show that began in Springfield, Mass., in 1984 and moved to Historic Deerfield in 1998 will now fashion its walls and open its doors on the web with more accessibility than ever before, viewable from any computer or mobile device. The online show represents an unprecedented moment for collectors across the country, and scattered throughout the world, to buy at the ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show, long a venue offering the finest New England antiques and objects of Americana.
"The ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show, through thick and thin, has been drawing collectors of all levels to the excitement of great art and antiques since 1998," said Philip Zea, president and CEO, Historic Deerfield. "How great is the show? Not even a plague can keep us down! Turn on your computers over Columbus Day Weekend for another wonderful hunt for the finest in Americana!"
This will be the ninth online show that the ADA has hosted on their proprietary platform. The organization was an innovator in the format, first offering it in 2014 and building upon the online show's navigability and ease of use ever since. The October 2020 show will feature over 50 dealers who will again bring forth exceptional historic material from centuries past, much of it fresh acquisitions set aside expressly for this exciting event.
Though the format has changed, the ADA guarantee has not: everything in the marketplace is guaranteed as represented or your money back. "The guarantee is what we stand for," ADA president Steven S. Powers said, "and it presents a unique buying opportunity in this pandemic era. Buying antiques and art online is fraught with barriers. Our goal is to break those down and create a comfortable environment where buyers can interact with the utmost reputable dealers and know that what they are purchasing is both extraordinary and authentic."
The online show will be navigable by collecting category, by individual dealer, or a randomized feed. Purchasing is accomplished by independently communicating with the dealer via phone, text, or email, with each seller's contact information prominently visible alongside the descriptions and prices in the item listing. Once the show closes, show links are removed, and the pages go offline; therefore, buyers are urged to contact dealers while the show is in progress.
Show highlights including patriotic and suffragette themes as well as color stories. A list of participating dealers is available on the organization’s website.
For more show information, visit


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