Averaging only 200 exhibitors, the show quickly established itself as a large and quality-filled antique marketplace. Due in part to the show’s location, out of state collectors, dealers and gallery owners began attending the show – drawn by Miami Beach’s warm winter weather as well as the superior product offering. The show’s increasing appeal and growing reputation enabled the exhibitors to conduct business with new clientele on a broader level.
It was also during the show’s earlier years that nationally renowned glass collector, antiques expert and widely published author, Ray Grover made his way to Florida and The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. In 1982, Grover and Lou Baron, another prominent antique dealer and Miami businessman, began their long and successful business partnership with the purchase and management of The Original Miami Beach Antique Show.
With the show’s strict policies and merchandise standards, and dominance in the antique market, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show became nationally recognized as "The Show." A second exhibit hall was added in 1987, significantly adding to the show’s appeal and draw while still maintaining its reputation for product quality and integrity.Sadly, Mr. Grover passed away in 1993 but not before having realized his dream of owning and operating the best antique show in the United States and one of the most notable in the world. By this time, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show was internationally recognized. The show was purchased from Lou Baron in 2001 by dmg world media, a publicly traded, international trade show company.
Today, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show has more than 800 established dealers from 22 countries and continues its success and standing as the premier venue for buyers, sellers and antique specialists from across the country and around the world. The show is operated now by GLM and continues to maintain the high standards which have made this show a proven success.