| Sheila Howell
Parma, Italy is home to Mercanteinfiera, a twice-yearly Spring and Fall. Each show, over 1000 vendors primarily from Italy and Europe welcome 60,000 buyers from across the globe offering everything from antique furniture, lighting and rugs to mid-century modern to vintage fashion to architectural salvage to jewelry - and everything in between. With 4 large showrooms, there is an endless variety of styles and pieces to appeal to designers, architects and anyone with a passion for design.
We visited the fair during Mercanteinfiera's professional days, the 2 days before the show officially opens when the fair is open only to trade professionals. We saw the dealers' trucks unloading, booths being set-up and were among the first to see what's available! With the booth setup going on, carts bringing crates into the showrooms, Its a bit trickier buying antiques during the professional days, and definitely a lot more fun!
Despite it being the Spring show, snow was on the ground which complicated logistics for dealers, shippers and buyers. In fact, the snow caused many train cancellations into Parma, and storms in Europe, the UK and the eastern USA resulted in many canceled flights, so far fewer attendees than usual - which means there were bargains to be had as dealers worried there may not be enough attendees to get the sales they'd hoped!
The Spring fair runs March 3-11, 2018, so attendance, sales and prices may rise later in the show. If you plan to attend, we suggest you make arrangements in advance to find a shipper and have cash available. There are banking and shipping services on site, but you don't want to spend your entire time at the fair making arrangements that could have been done before your arrival.
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