Antiques and Garden Fair, Chicago Botanic Garden

One of the first, grand gardening events of the season is underway at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
April 13, 2014 8:23:18 AM PDT
One of the first, grand gardening events of the season is underway at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

More than a hundred dealers from all over the world are showing off furnishings, botanical art and home and garden design at the annual Antiques and Garden Fair. Beau Kimball, owner of the Kimball and Bean garden antiques store in far northwest suburban Woodstock, joined us live from the fair during our ABC 7 Eyewitness News Sunday Morning with tips to shop for antiques.

Antiques and Garden Fair

Sunday, April 13
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL

Admission: $12 members; $15 non-members
Parking: free for members, $20 Cook County residents, $25 non-residents

For safety reasons, strollers are not permitted in the Fair.

Beau's Tips:

1. Have fun You can take photos at the booths, but ask first out of common courtesy. Also, always give credit to the dealers when you're tweeting or blogging about their merchandise.

2. Ask questions

3. Pre-show strategies for potential buyers

  • Bring measurements.
  • Take notes as you go.
  • Bring checks and/ or cash.
  • Arrange delivery service for larger purchases.

    4. The final negotiations

  • Pricing reflects the time, care, and transport costs put into each item.
  • Negotiation is a common practice at antiques shows. There is about 5 to 10 percent flexibility in some prices. Offering much lower is considered an affront to the dealer's professionalism.
  • There's a difference between asking, "What's your best price?" and "Would you take X dollars?" The former is a courteous way to question a dealer on price; the latter implies that you're ready to buy the item at that moment if the dealer agrees.

    5. What's hot in 2014?

    Kimball says to look for indoor/ outdoor pieces that are stylish enough to spend the summer outside, then move straight into your home at the end of the season.


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