This show has room for over 120 tables for selling, plus some “booth” style spaces which are larger. Event hours are 9am-4pm, general admission is still only $5, MARC member sellers pay that too, non member SELLERS pay $15 admission. Seller tables and booths will go on sale in November.
There are two rooms, one is carpeted with standard ceiling height and has electric in walls and posts. The other is a “gym” room with wood floors and tall ceiling. Electricity in the gym room has limited access but you can bring long extension cords if needed. Tables are 8′ long by 30″ wide. You get 2 chairs per table if desired. Load-in for the carpeted room is thru front entry “A” which has “powered” doors and thru entry “B” hallway facing parking lot for the gym room. If you have a lot to sell, the gym room is an easier load in, ask for that room. Both rooms have good lighting. Sellers can begin loading in at 7:30am Sat morning. If you are bringing in a very large load, contact Rob for special instructions. This is a “Vintage Electronics Expo” so please bring items 25 yrs or older that are electronic or at least “related” …such as vintage software like video games, records, ephemera such as posters or such. Nobody will chase you away if you bring an acoustic phonograph (“crank phono”) but that’s a mechanical device… not really our focus. Most of the items at this show are radios, record players and other audio gear… and some vintage TV stuff, computers, games, etc. Sellers come from all over the Midwest. In 2019 we had over 1100 folks come thru the door… a new record, we expect this show to be even more !
We had a great show in Kalamazoo, thank all who turned out! Stay tuned for our winter show, date to be announced.
WHAT WE DO….
The organization holds two Vintage Electronics Expo events each year. 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 ! General admission is $5 each day at these events. Kids 12 and under get in free.
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…. was held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Costick Activities Center . A record attendance of over 800 came and over 120 tables of sellers !!! Next Winter Vintage Electronics Expo will be Saturday, January 26, 2019. Bookings for seller spaces at that show will begin sometime in November.
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 !