BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE BCAADA
The brochure is an attractive four-color pictorial and informative way of advertising our members. Distribution is 22,000 a year to tourist outlets and member shops. There is a user-friendly map which references each dealer’s listing. The brochure is distributed and regularly replenished by Berkshire Brochure Display in over 180 locations throughout Berkshire County.
Our website is designed to support the brochure and to drive traffic to your shop and website. A visitor to the site is greeted with a slideshow of member dealers. Each member has his or her own page on the site which includes descriptive copy and a slideshow of interior and exterior shop photos and representative inventory items. Members are also provided with password access to our “What’s New” section so that they may post newsworthy events such as art openings, auctions, eBay links, new shipments, etc., along with supporting photos.
BCAADA is a member of The Berkshire Visitor’s Bureau and is listed in their four-color Berkshires Official Visitors Guide and on their website www.berkshires.org. The Berkshire Visitor’s Bureau distributes 200,000 guides annually with over 100,000 individually requested and mailed to visitors. Any inquiry requesting antiquing information also receives a BCAADA brochure. Their website receives approximately 8 million hits a year, and BCAADA’s listing includes a link to our website. The Association is also a member of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and is listed in their area guide and featured on their website. Additionally we maintain membership in the Lee and Stockbridge Chambers. Our website is also promoted on several Berkshires-related sites, including JusttheBerkshires.com.
Dues are presently $325.00 per year for single member shops. Group shop rates on request. Please call Susan Silver (413) 229-8169 or Larry Solomon at (413) 229-2700.
CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP
For Antiques Dealers: To be eligible, 80% of the inventory of a dealer, antiques center or group shop must consist of items at least fifty years old unless the Executive Board approves membership by a three-quarters vote. A typical exception to the rule would be a dealer, antiques center or group shop specializing in a particular design period(s) that would be considered highly collectible by the general public. In no case shall an applicant be approved if his or her inventory consists of more than 50% of items less than thirty years old.
For Art or Sculpture Galleries: To be eligible, at least 80% of the inventory must be original art or part of an original limited edition or series. In no case can a gallery’s inventory consist of more than 20% of works that are reproductions or crafts of a mass produced nature.
Please address questions about BCAADA membership to:
President of BCAADA
Cupboards & Roses Antiques