MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association board reports that the premier online version of the 63rd annual New Hampshire Antiques Show was a remarkable success. Due to this year’s pandemic, it was necessary to cancel the annual in-person show.
The NHADA board agreed their own virtual show would be the next best thing. The priority was to create a simple, clean and easy-to-navigate website to showcase the exhibitors as well as their fresh-to-the-market objects. The event was well-received and nearly one-third of all objects were sold. There were over 40,000 unique page views in the first hour of the show.
“I want to thank the show visitors for generating the energy and continuing to support the New Hampshire Antiques Show in this year’s online format,” stated Tommy Thompson, president of the board of directors for NHADA. “This was a new experience for our exhibitors and buyers alike,” added Thompson.
The online show went live promptly at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, Aug. 6, and like the annual in-person event, the hours that proved to be the busiest were between 10 and 11 a.m. Although no one had to wait for endless hours in the lobby, the excitement was still there as the timer counted down until the virtual doors opened. With 786 objects listed by 43 outstanding exhibitors, the show drew 6,828 unique visitors and 337,114 page views.