I would like to get a feeling of who all would be interested in a Texas Cartridge Show and would set up at it.
I am working on the details but I would like to hold this show in conjunction with the Texas Gun Collectors Association Fall Show. I think this provides a lot of benefit for a new show such as a large group of collectors with money already coming.
This show is going to be more expensive than the average cartridge show but not out of line with other big gun shows (Baltimore Antique, Tulsa, Denver, Vegas Antique, etc) that some cartridge collectors set up at.
I still need to work out all of the details but it would likely be this:
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 15,16,17 2021
- Tables: $145; this includes a fancy bbq lunch Friday and I believe lunch Saturday and Sunday.
- Hotel: Embassy Suites and Conference Center, Denton, TX. We can use their show rate of $132/night which includes made-to-order breakfast, and hors d’oeuvres and drinks (wine, beer, cocktails, etc) in the evening.
- You would not have to be a TGCA member. Typically table holders would, but in this case, the Texas Cartridge Show would be a member and buy the tables. Also, visitors do not have to be a member or invited guest (unlike OGCA for instance).
The show is mainly antique and collectible firearms. There is no modern guns or bulk shooters ammo here like average gun shows. I set up at the spring show this past weekend and it was a very good group of people. The camaraderie very much reminded me of what we have at SLICS and very unlike a typical local gun show.
I think I would need to get a commitment of at least 20 tables (May need money ahead of time too as I will need to send them money and buy these tables) to make it worth it.
I really think this would be the best way to get this show started and if it grows then maybe we could think of splitting off on our own. But you are at least guaranteed a lot of buyers walking in and I will try to get as many cartridge-specific collectors too!