Preview of The Armory Antique Show’s Americana Dealers: Part 2 of 2
It’s a very special time in life when you get the opportunity to turn a favorite pastime into a flourishing livelihood. For Doug and Bev Norwood of The Norwoods’ Spirit of America this was the case.
“Doug and I worked in education and during our summers off, we would explore and learn about antiques. We really fell in love with American folk art and soon decided to sell some pieces of our own,” says Bev.
A business was born for the Norwoods and they participated in their first show on July 4, 1976. “It [the show] wasn’t far from where we lived and at that point, we didn’t have a name for our business yet. We came up with The Spirit of America in honor of the 200 year bicentennial and that name has remained with us all these years.” Today, the Norwoods, now retired from the school system, have sold pieces to people from 47 states and attend shows across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Remaining true to their specialty – American folk art (typically from 1760 to 1840), The Norwoods’ Spirit of America always carries pieces that are both very unique and individualistic. Each piece has its own story that resonates differently with each interested buyer.
“We absolutely love what we do and purchase items that we admire and love. We don’t follow industry trends – we stick to what we really know. Thankfully, that has translated to our clients.” Bev continues, “We have even had the good fortune over the years to unite pieces with their long lost families. It’s a marvelous experience and really brings our pieces to life!”
The Norwoods feel it’s their responsibility to be caretakers of pieces they acquire. “We make sure our pieces stay in the condition we found them as we care for and cherish them. Our goal is to find a home for our pieces with people that really love them and are passionate for the item they buy. We always tell clients to buy what touches your heart and reaches your soul.”
The Norwoods’ Spirit of America will be exhibiting at this January’s Armory Antique Show, which they done for almost a decade. They will be showcasing an array of merchandise including several hooked rugs, nautical paintings, portrait and landscape artwork, early 1800s needlework, and wood and metal sculptures.
“The Armory Antique Show is one of our all-time favorites and has consistently been a very good show for us. There are so many enthusiastic people that come through the doors…It’s absolutely amazing! There’s a great mix of both knowledgeable collectors and novice aficionados in which we sell to and have become friends of ours over the years,” says Bev.
The Norwoods’ Spirit of America will be at booth No. 1201 during this year’s show on Jan. 24-26, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory.
The Armory Antique Show features a breadth of merchandise that evolves from year to year including antique furniture, Americana, folk art, mid-century design, garden, lighting, textiles, ceramics, and more. Recognized as the best show in New York City for Americana pieces, the event will host the greatest number of Americana dealers during Antiques Week.
Show times are Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 and is valid for reentry all three show days. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, call 239.732.6642 or visit www.ArmoryAntiqueShow.com.