We had the Greenberg shows, and some other national shows, but the club
shows upstate - especially TTCS & TTOS, by far exceed the Greenberg &
similar shows in overall quality - attendance, scope, prices. The
national shows usually seemed to comprise a bunch of tired merchants
with shopworn goods who really came across as being sick of "the grind".
The admission fees were too expensive, too.
TTCS has had shows in interesting locations too, Utica's Union Station
in a perennial favorite (1/15/2006 this year), Niagara Falls Convention
Center(Now a Casino, though), Finger Lakes Racing/Gaming, Batavia Downs,
the Founder's Picnic event was even held at Enchanted Forest/Water
Safari and the adjacent Water's Edge Hotel.
Anyone in the area should try to get to one or more of these shows to
check them out.
Rob - Historically, hobbyists went to the major train shows for the
bargins they offered, as well as the wide selection of often
non-commercial sellers that used to populate those shows.
Beginning maybe 8-10 years ago the bargins started to dry up and retail
prices often took their place (hobbyists also found that much better
buys could thereafter be gotten on eBay or from other on-line sellers).
Most of the little-guy sellers at the shows eventually got pushed out
by the increasing table prices and the need to collect and report sales
taxes. Likewise, attendance fees rose. At least in western New England
and southeastern NY this served to kill off attendance and after a few
shows that actually lost money (I saw one where the dealers outnumbered
the total attendance for the day!), the big national shows packed up
their tents never to return.
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