Not long ago an acquaintance asked if I was attending the National Money Show in Dallas. I said that I had wanted to but there was a conflict that prevented me. He said that it did not matter because there were too many shows and it does not pay to go to all of them.
I was a bit shocked.
When you enjoy something, there is never too many or too much. I try to go to as many coin shows as possible whether they are as large as the World’s Fair of Money or a local show with 30 tables that meets in a local hall. If I cannot be at a coin show, I love to go to car shows including ones where I can bring my vintage Mopar.
It is difficult to find a car show in the winter. Owners of classic, vintage and antique cars would rather park our babies under cover than take them out in bad weather. This is a good time to find all of the coin shows.There are not enough coin shows, especially when the weather is not suitable for car shows. Since I have been attending these shows for a while, I know many of the local dealers at the smaller shows and a few more of the dealers at the larger shows. For me, this makes the show fun.
I asked why he thought there were too many he complained about the costs. He felt that he had to buy something at every show in order to justify his attendance.
When I go to a show, I have a budget I keep to, collecting goals for that day, and the knowledge that if I come home with money in my pocket I can still have a good day if I see people and talk about coins and collecting.
Maybe the problem with my acquaintance is that he sees going to shows as a buying trip while I look for the experience. He might consider talking to some of the people, make friends, and see if he could learn something from these dealers. Even if I do not spend money, if I learn something I will have had a good time.
What do you think?
You need to draw a line between the national shows, the regional shows and the local shows.
IMHO there are enough national shows (200+ tables).
Twice a year seems right for the regional shows (PNNA, TNA, etc.). You get a good mix of dealers from the region lots of new stuff you haven’t seen before.
The problem I see is the small shows local same dealers every week every two weeks whatever it is same material that never seems to sell. Everybody wants to have their show on the same weekend. I just wish there would be a little better coordination.
One show I think many will not go to is the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money. On their website on the World’s Fair of Money’s page is a downloadable hotel lodging flyer. The headquarters Hilton Hotel’s price is $195 per night. The other hotel is The Fairfield Inn Anaheim resort at $209 per night. Instead of going there, people should go to ANA HQ in Colorado Springs. It will probably be a lot cheaper.