Who says time-travel is impossible? Guests at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, will be transported to glamorous eras dating as far back as the Renaissance as they peruse what is the world’s largest indoor antique show.
Housed at the Miami Beach Convention Center and now in its 53rd year, the show draws in 1,000 established dealers from across the globe. Italy, France, Argentina, Israel, Asia—treasures reach from the four corners of the world and then some. Inside, find pieces ranging from the Renaissance to the Retro era in the shapes of fine art, American and European Silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture and more. For those looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, a bounty of beautiful baubles awaits. The jewelry selection is unparalleled. There is also a smattering of modern-day classics and antique replicas for those who love the look of bygone baubles but prefer them brand new.
Each winter more than 20,000 attendees, including museum curators, collectors, designers, celebs and gallery owners flock to the show in hopes of finding that impossible-to-find gem that fulfills their collection. Among those treasures are textiles, bronze sculptures, dishes, books, rugs, paintings, rings and all sorts of things all preserved in ways that will boggle your mind. It’s a history lesson, a shopping excursion and a great way to spend Super Bowl Sunday if you aren’t a sports fan.
For those looking to get away from the Polar Vortex, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is a great getaway. Miami has played host to the show for its entire 53 years, as it’s the warmest spot in the state during this time of year, making this antique show a true hotspot.
This year, new additions to the show include the premiere of The Original Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series, which takes place two days prior to the show on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Up your jewelry knowledge when notable jewelry experts discuss specific eras in jewelry history as a means to help educate both sellers and collectors. Also, on Saturday and Sunday—and for the first time ever—there will be booth talks that last between 15 to 20 minutes, where dealers will give in-depth history lessons on their offerings.
In the market for a stainless steel Rolex Datejust? Be sure to enter this year’s raffle. The watch, donated by Raymond Lee Jewelers at booth No. 3129, is just one of the many prizes. Others include Miami Heat tickets, as well as a Machine Age Art Deco streamline side table, circa 1930, from Deco 2 Mid Century Furniture at booth no. 4208. Proceeds from the $25 raffle tickets (or five for $100) benefit Autism Speaks and can be purchased at the Autism Speaks booth in Hall D during the show.
In additional to shopping, if you think you have something that may be worth a pretty penny, bag it up and head to the show. A la Antiques Roadshow, the Original Miami Beach Antique Show will bring back (for a third consecutive year) its Appraisal Day on Saturday, February 1 from noon to 6 p.m. This year, the event is sponsored by Skinner, Inc,, the internationally recognized auction house noted for housing more than 60 auctions annually. So if that vase Aunt Emma gifted you looks like it may have a rich history, take it along and find out if you’re putting daisies in a piece of history.
And be sure to search for your own historical treasure as you shop the show. For tickets, times and more info, log on to www.MiamiBeachAntiqueShow.com.