I finally made it to the Philadelphia Miniaturia
last weekend. It's considered the largest miniature show on the east coast and has been going on for many years. The show takes place over two and a half days at a hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J.
, which is located right outside of Philadelphia. It's less than an hour from me, so I really have no excuse not to go! Did anyone else attend this year? Fran Casselman of Fran Made Minis
did, but she and I unfortunately missed each other.
I went on Sunday, November 3, the last day of the show. I arrived shortly before the 11:00 a.m. entry time. After getting chastised twice by the guards for looking at some tables in the lobby before the doors opened (yes, just for looking), I went in to browse and buy.
The space was very open and filled with many vendors. Looks like this:
|Waiting to get in|
Generally, things are expensive. There were many artisans showing high-quality work, and not only in 1:12. Quarter scale was everywhere...even some modern pieces!
My very first stop was a Tom Frey's
gorgeous wood turned bowls and vases.
Such lovely stuff. Tom, who does custom wood turning in 1:1, let me know that this was to be his last show for miniatures. He believes his main audience is petering out and it does not pay to do the shows -- very sad! He will focus on his 1:1 work.
I was lucky to have some more conversations with other vendors, such as Ray Storey
. He said the show was a very good success for him, especially his custom lighting fixtures. We chatted as he was wrapping up a $300 order, and he shared some of his new work, inspired by industrial lab works.
I love these pieces, which will be reasonably priced. This one will run about $7.
Looking forward to seeing more when they are available early next year! Of course, I scooped up a few vases!
I was also fortunate to meet Italian artisan Patrizia Santi
, whose miniature shoes have many fans here in the U.S. and abroad.
While I did not invest in any pairs of shoes this time around, I could not resist a modern desk, lovingly crafted and painted.
Cannot wait to use this!
On to Lauren Delaney's booth, also known as L. Delaney Miniatures on Etsy
It was wonderful to meet and talk with Lauren -- we had a nice chat about making miniatures, photography, dollhouse shows, and books! Her booth was very prettily appointed. I spent some time book browsing and walked away with a few treats!
Next I found Dale's Dreams
! Dale and I met a few years ago and she has been hard a work creating new lines of furnishings and accessories that she sells in her Etsy shop.
We, too, chatted for a while with her daughter, who was doing a fantastic job of promoting her Mom's work. She pointed out that Dale renews vintage pieces, and she shared a recent project involving a Petite Princess bed and vanity.
Great, isn't it? Please keep Dale in mind -- she is great to work with!
Then, I scooped up some bargain pieces and was on my way home after almost four hours of browsing. My spoils:
|Ottoman from Dale's Dreams|
|Mod ottoman from Dale's Dreams|
|Bargain pillow and dresser for .50!|
|Wood pieces and rug for .25|
|Tom Frey's gorgeous work|
|Another Tom Frey purchase -- had to get two! Patrizia Santi's desk is in the background.|
|L. Delaney's treats!|
I did a very quick scene in my Bodensee with a few of the pieces. Hope to use the others very soon!
Credits: Fireplace is CB2; Couch and chair set is Strombecker; ottoman is Dale's Dreams; sculpture is a Kaleidoscope House accessory; chair is Dollyhome; credenza is vintage German. Accessories are Lundby, L. Delaney, Michael's, and Miniatures by Annina.
The time it took me: 15 minutes