What do you sell at your shows?
We take pride in presenting a quality show featuring carefully selected, reputable dealers. Our guidelines for antique dealers dictate booth content to consist of at least 85% authentic antique & vintage merchandise. The remaining 15% must be complementary to the theme of the show and accurately represented. We discourage booth content that is “vintage inspired” or reproduction of originals. A small portion of our dealer floor may consist of exceptions to the theme, including various food offerings and sponsorship related booths.
How many dealers are in each show?
Specific information regarding the number of participating dealers at each event can be found on specific show pages.
Do your dealers take credit cards?
Most of our dealers do accept credit and debit card payments. In they event that they do not, in most circumstances, we will have an ATM machine placed in the lobby for your convenience. Keep in mind that when it comes to negotiating on price, the old adage of “cash is king” does tend to strengthen your hand.
Are your events indoors? Are there concessions available?
Yes, all HEC shows are completely indoors, in climate-controlled venues with concrete floors. Full concessions are available at most events.
Should I “haggle” with the dealers?
Negotiating for a better price is a fairly common practice at antique shows and toy shows. Keep in mind that many of the dealers who are selling at our shows are doing so to make a living and provide for their families. Please be respectful when working to arrive at an agreeable price. Television reality programs that portray accepted low-ball offers and deals too good to be true likely are just that. Take into consideration that every person’s circumstances are different. A dealer who has a lot invested in a particular piece may not be able to come down to the price you desire to purchase it at without losing money. If you aren’t comfortable with their final price, move along to the next booth and see what strikes your fancy there.
Are scooters available for rental at your events?
At the present time, we do not provide scooters at our events.
Do your dealers purchase items?
Most of them do. If you have items you would like to sell to dealers, we ask that you make arrangements to meet them in the parking lot either outside of show hours or while another member of their party can be present to man their booth.
May I bring animals into your shows?
Only animals approved as service animals are allowed in HEC events.
Do you charge an admission fee at your events? What is this money used for?
We strive to keep admission costs as low as possible, but several factors make it necessary to charge admission to our events including facility rental, advertising expenses, general operating expense, staffing and show security. These are significant costs that must be paid with either admission fees or dealer booth rental. We opt to charge admission so we can keep expenses at a reasonable level for our dealers. This approach allows us to attract dealers from all over the country who, due to traveling great distances with heavy loads, incur significant cost prior to paying booth rental. These dealers won’t participate if they can’t make a profit; keeping our booth rental low allows them a better opportunity to be successful as an HEC dealer and return to your market again in the future. You can expect to pay adult admission in the range of $5-$8, depending on which show you attend. All admissions are valid for entry the entire weekend of the event. Children ages 9-12 are typically $3. Children 8 and under are always free.
Do you allow strollers at your events?
Due to the potential for congestion and safety concerns, we ask that you please not bring strollers to HEC events.