The future of this business is the megafair , says Norman Schaut , producer of Atlantique City , billed as the largest indoor antiques and collectibles fair in the world.
The show , held twice a year in Atlantic City's cavernous Boardwalk Convention Hall , opens Saturday with 1 , 627 booths and is expected to generate 14 , 000 hotel-room nights during the weekend.
The show is so big that Schaut
is installing computers at the entrance to help shoppers find things.Schaut
is bullish because his
business is booming , but the antiques trade is an industry in transition.
A serious collector will fly or drive an inordinate distance to an enormous ( show ) because he
can find the missing piece for his
collection , says Schaut
, who says an estimated 65 million people live within driving distance of Atlantic City.
How many collectors are there.