(THE HOST OF THE VINTAGE ELECTRONICS EXPO)
The Vintage Electronics Expo/ Extravaganza events are hosted by MARC, the Michigan Antique Radio Club, which was officially founded October 19, 1985 at the Dillon Inn (now the Hampton Inn) in Lansing, Michigan. While most MARC members live within the Great Lakes region of the U.S. the organization also is represented throughout this country as well as Canada, Europe and Australia. Membership is just $25 per year and includes the informative Chronicle mailed 4 times a year.
WHAT WE DO….
The organization holds two annual events. Each event offers free appraisals of any vintage electronics type items brought in, much like the famous “Roadshow” seen on TV. At each show you will find vintage radios, TV, vintage calculating/computing gear, vintage audio stuff , test equipment, records, record players, parts, tubes and related vintage electronics items, all for sale by owners. Some are restored gems, others are “as-is” bargains. You can actually buy most “as-is” vintage table radios for under $50, many in great working order. Some highly priced gems can sell for over $2000. At our “Main Auction” in 2011 we had one of the most desired “Art Deco” radios sell for $34,000 ! It was found in a barn ! We never know what will show up !
Here is an overview of the Vintage Electronics events:
SUMMER- Kalamazoo, MI. Our largest show (and the first ALL INDOOR multi-day vintage electronics event of this type in the USA) has moved from our long time Lansing location to Kalamazoo Expo Center, located at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds. It is usually the second full weekend after the 4th of July holiday. This show features a huge flea market, a “Main Auction”, “Silent Auctions”, seminars, and a Bargain Auction at the end of the event. Sellers and buyers come from all over the USA. The club encourages the general public to attend… the admission is just $5 per day. Thursday is a set up day only (no sales allowed and only dealers admitted), then the flea market opens FRIDAY morning. We also offer a “Roadshow” style evaluation service at each show. The club encourages folks to bring in items for appraisal, repair or parts info, or to donate to the club. Bring clear pictures if the item(s) are too large to move. Best to contact us first if you have a collection of items you wish to sell or donate to the club.
WINTER- Farmington Hills, MI…. will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Costick Activities Center 28600 Eleven Mile Rd. Approx 100 tables of sellers. Hours are usually 8am-2pm at this show. In 2016 we had a record 520 folks in the door! Bring a friend and enjoy this unique event ! Admission is just $5, kids under 12 free.
For more info on any of the MARC events, call 734-20-RADIO (207-2346) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARC also publishes The Michigan Antique Radio Chronicle, which is included with membership. Membership is currently $25 per year.
This picture shows the Lansing “Extravaganza” event from back around 1990 when we had a small tent ! This event grew for many years and is now ALL INDOORS with 40,000 square feet each July inside the Kalamazoo Expo Center !