From: Association of Collecting Clubs
18222 Flower Hill Way #299
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
To: Digital Reprieve, Inc.
From: Assn of Collecting Clubs
Subject: ACC Partners' Update, Vol 4, No 12A, October 9, 2006
ACC at Atlantique City This Weekend
The Association of Collecting Clubs will be back at the Atlantique City
Antiques & Collectibles Show this weekend, October 14-15, with 3-1/2 booths,
thanks to the Atlantique City show management. We will have an all-time high of
over 300 collecting clubs who have sent materials for this show, promoting their
clubs and membership recruitment.
We plan to also have special displays on the Collectors Trade Show, reaching
young collectors, the National Association of Collectors and the JoinAClub
program for club membership recruitment.
Add the 800+ clubs participating in the JoinAClub program and, to our
knowledge, this is the largest assemblage of information of collecting clubs
If you are attending this show, or have a booth at the show, please stop by
and say hello. Our booth is #1995 - directly across from the main food court.
The show is at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Saturday, October 14,
10am-7pm and Sunday, October 15, 10am-5pm. For additional information visit the
Show Managers Assistance Sought
ACC has been attempting to find ways to work with show managers in partnering
ways for involving more collecting clubs, their leadership and their members.
While strictly topical shows may have good relationships with the clubs that
support collecting areas relating to these shows, i.e. coin shows, glass shows,
paper shows, toy shows, etc. its really only the tip of the iceberg.
We have found that most collectors belonging to a collecting club readily
admit to having other collections unrelated to the area supported by their
member club. Surveys have shown this figure to be 89%. This means coin
collectors may also collect Olympic pins or royalty items or advertising
memorabilia. Glass collectors may also collect dolls, doorstops or cameras.
Reaching out to all collecting clubs, no matter how "focused" your show may be,
may be a good move.
ACC would really like to work with show managers on bringing more club
members into your shows, and promoting your shows to the clubs. In exchange,
clubs can often provide displays, set up a small booth or offer appraisals at
your show. Discount admittance and other incentives might be a consideration
that could be offered through ACC. We can also provide a display booth for your
show(s) in the Shows Aisle of the Collectors Trade Show on the Collectors.Org
What we're saying is "let's talk." Feel free to contact ACC at:
email@example.com or call
Collecting Club Event Guides, Working with CVBs
Two new ACC publications are now available as of this week.
"Collecting Club Event Guide: Working with CVBs" highlights what a Convention
& Visitors Bureau is, what a club seeking a site & facility for their show or
convention should provide a CVB, and what a CVB can do for them. It also
includes how to contact Convention & Visitor Bureaus.
The second publication is "Collecting Club Event Guide: Facility Checklist."
As the name implies, this is an aid for club convention chairmen to use in
selecting an event site, an event facility and how to determine event space &
A survey of club convention chairmen two years ago identified the need for
help in selecting a site and a facility as two of their common needs. It has
been less than a year that ACC and CVBs began to "partner" and we are
tremendously pleased with the strong interest that CVBs have in the antiques &
collecting industry and are willing to help in every way they can to assure
success. We tell the clubs that the professionals at every Convention & Visitors
Bureau know that their jobs aren't done until you go home satisfied. Their goal
- to make your convention chairman or show manager a hero and your club's return
to their destination a tradition.
ACC estimates that the 2,400+ collecting clubs with which we work host over
10,000 events annually. Granted, many of these are shows and other events held
in places like fire halls, Elks Clubs and county fairgrounds, but many others
are held at major hotels and convention centers.
In addition to CVB staffs critiquing the two guides mentioned above, ACC is
pleased with the interest and support of CVBs in placing booths in the
Collectors Trade Show on Collectors.org including: Grand Rapids/Kent County CVB;
Casper, Wyoming CVB; Metropolitan Tucson CVB; Tampa Bay CVB; San Mateo CVB;
Greater Rochester (NY) Visitors Assn; Greater Des Moines CVB; Toledo CVB;
Rogers-Lowell Area (AR) CVB; Greater Lansing (MI) CVB; Hampton (VA) CVB; and
Dayton (OH) CVB. Thanks!
To request single copies of these two guides, please send your name and
postal address plus $4.00 total to: ACC, 18222 Flower Hill Way #299,
Gaithersburg, MD 20879. This price includes both guides plus shipping.
Putting Young Collectors in the Spotlight
While collecting clubs continue to struggle with reaching out to young
collectors... and involving them in their club activities, the media is
embracing young collectors. ACC has recently had requests from both the Martha
Stewart Show and the new Megan Mullally Show (remember Karen from the Will &
Grace Show). We are providing potential candidates to these shows as we hear
about them. Young Kyle Krichbaum, an 11-year-old vacuum cleaner collector from
Michigan (with 125 vacuums in his collection) recently appeared on Megan's show.
It was a great feature. Now the producers of the Jay Leno Show are requesting
similar young collectors.
If you know of any young collectors, particularly if they collect something
out of the ordinary, and are very personable, we would like to hear about them.
A growing number of collecting clubs are reaching out to young collectors in
a variety of ways. Some have a separate website just for young collectors or
separate young collector newsletters. Club shows and conventions are drawing in
hundreds of young collectors in a few collecting areas. The youth activities
they are offered at these events are creative and age-appropriate.
But this is a two-stage process for most clubs. It can be relatively easy to
get young people to a club-sponsored event. Getting them interested in
collecting, and involving them in the club activities in meaningful ways is a
A sobering comment we heard recently. "Every year that passes, the average
age of our club membership goes up one year."
ACC has a continuing agenda of working with the clubs at bringing in new,
younger members...and sharing with other clubs the successes in this area. ACC
breaks "young collector" down into three categories: 12 years of age and
younger, the 13-19 teenage years, and the 20-35 year old young collectors. These
are entirely different audiences with different interests and needs, and require
Collectors Trade Show - Partnering With New Friends
At the beginning of this year ACC had 44 partners on our virtual Collectors
Trade Show on
and look around. Contact ACC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.926.8663
This is a great way to start a partnership with both ACC & NAC and reach the
clubs and the collectors at the same time. The price is right!
First Announcement: ACC Conference & Trade Show
ACC is announcing a first ever Conference & Trade Show (yes, a live trade
show) for the leadership of collecting clubs, to be held in fall, 2007. This has
been a long-time request by a number of clubs, as well as ACC partners. We will
be doing a survey of club leadership this month to determine if the interest is
still there, before moving ahead. More information coming soon.
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