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8:15 A.M. - PRE-REGISTRATION begins.
8:15 A.M. - WALK-IN REGISTRATION begins
8:30 A.M. - MART OPENS
9:00 A.M. - Talk In The Corner (Silent Auction opens)
10:00 A.M. - (Silent Auction closes)
12:00 P.M. - MART CLOSES
Must be a member of NAWCC to attend Mart, but you can bring a guest.
WOW… I have just returned from the Florida Regional in Lakeland, FL and I have to say that I had a GREAT trip! I am truly fortunate in that I get to travel this country and make a living doing something that I love! I get to meet some amazing people, catch up with acquaintances, make new friends, and find some REALLY cool things from watches to abandoned airfields.
Since I have been involved in NAWCC and chapter #87 I have heard about what was considered the "Glory Days" of larger meetings, marts, etc… and looked at declining membership not just in NAWCC but in many collecting clubs. I have heard that the internet changed everything! I have even said myself that with the internet, that collectors "don't need NAWCC"… but I was wrong! And here is why…
NAWCC and all of its chapters are not just about the marts or the education. People can trade on line anywhere from Craig's List to E-Bay. You can see videos of "how to", or various repairs on You Tube and find watch history on any number of sites… but here is what NAWCC and Chapter #87 bring to the table that the internet will never offer… the people!
I mentioned a great trip because as I look back it was catching up with Rich Newman and his dad Walter and having dinner friends that made my regional. I met Walter a few years back in Florida where I found out he was a WW II vet who told me some amazing stories of his service in India and China with the Flying Tigers. Walter introduced me to his son Rich that has since become the President of the British Horology Chapter and a NAWCC board member. Rich has become a friend and great resource for my English watch questions. I could mention Girard, Isaac, or Abir from World Wide Traders who when I mention something neat that I have found ALWAYS know who I should show it to. Lu and Steve Sadowski from NY have made sure that we register together for the Nationals and regionals as I usually travel alone… without who I could never leave my tables just to get a cup of coffee.
My thought in this whole conversation is that I think we sometimes focus on what people can get anywhere instead of what NAWCC and Chapter #87 can only provide… the people! To highlight that end I propose that Chapter #87 starts an "Ambassador" program. I have had a number of our members volunteer to become a Chapter Ambassador that new members can meet who have similar interests. At our last meeting my wife Mary invited a friend John interested in learning watch and clock repair that we introduced to Chis Carey who spent some time with John talking about the process. We have members who love military pieces, pocket watches, clocks, timers, tools, Rolexes, Timex, and more! THAT is what we bring to the table! I saw a watchmaker with the flick of his wrist straighten a hairspring a few years ago… and he was willing to share… something the internet will never provide.
In summary when I say that I had a great trip or when I say that I love what I do… It isn't the sales or the pieces that I bought that I will look back upon fondly… it's the people.
NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS
Chapter #87 meets on the 3rd Sunday of the odd months excluding July.
2016: May 15
November 15, 2015
view of mart room
Vinnie Mack of Mack Clock Works discussing wooden clock works
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September 21, 2014
view of mart room
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March 17, 2013
John Fitzwilliam in Look What I Found!
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January 20, 2013
Dan Haff in Look What I Found!
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