The inaugural 1st Find at the Farm, a smaller market similar to the ones the center started hosting five years ago, is set for Tuesday and Jan. 8 at the 275-acre Broder family farm in Stockbridge. It will take place during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market Tuesday through Jan. 14 at the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta and will be a first stop for designers attending that event.
“We’ve done seven shows and people have been asking for us to bring our kind of show to Atlanta,” said Karen Luisana, who co-founded the center with Amanda Kinney and is a producer for 1st Find. She also said the show at High Point is “the largest home furnishings show in the world.”
“We are targeting the home furnishings industry and designers because that’s what we know from previous events,” Luisana said. “We want to make it easier for interior designers to find installations of antiques. If we can put a lot of these great antique dealers together, it makes it easier for interior designers to find and use pieces.”
1st Find will have about 60 antique dealers with furniture in heated tents on the farm site, plus live music and food trucks.
Tuesday, top interior designer and educator Tobi Fairley will present “Finding Inspiration In The Mix — Layering Antiques Into Your Design For a Fresh Look,” followed by a guided show walk-through and a private wine and dine event. It will be an exclusive RSVP-only event for designers and design enthusiasts.
Sue Broder, who lives on the farm with her husband Charlie and his family, including in-laws and owners Hans and Margrit Broder, came up with the idea of hosting the event after meeting Luisana and center Show Promoter Chandra Young, a former Buckhead resident now living in Greensboro, at a dinner party in Buckhead in July.
“The name [of the event] comes from the fact that antiques dealers always want to be the first to find antiques, so they are starting early, at 5:30 a.m. and are done by 8:30 a.m.,” said Broder, who works as the showroom manager for JNelson at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Buckhead.
Young, also helping organize 1st Find, said it will attract “phenomenal” antique dealers bringing antiques from as far away as Europe.
“If this show works well, we’re going to do it again in July [at the same location] and combine it with a food event,” she said.
Said Broder, “We are just completely excited. We’ve had enormous response from antiques show owners in Atlanta, in Buckhead, the design world, so we’re really excited about hosting a small, upscale antique market.”
If you go:
o What: inaugural 1st Find at the Farm
o When: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
o Where: Broder family farm, 1226 Flippen Road, Stockbridge (take Interstate 75 to exit 224)
o Tickets: $25 before 1 p.m. Tuesday; $10 after 1 p.m. Tuesday and all day Jan. 8
o Information: www.hpadc.com