2021 Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures

Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures 2021

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures in October 2021. The two day show is typically held every October in San Jose, California, and for several years has been held at the DoubleTree Hotel near the San Jose International Airport. There are only a handful of shows on the West Coast, and this one is the largest. I am fortunate to live about 35 minutes southwest of San Jose, so driving to the show is not a problem.

This show is typically a ballroom crammed with dealers and customers, and the area outside of the ballroom contains a white elephant sale, a silent auction, a dollhouse real estate sale, artist exhibits, and children’s classes and workshops. One of my favorite parts of this show is viewing the exhibits, it is so inspiring to see what other creators are doing in the world of miniatures. And because this show is so close to me, I have exhibited my Evil Queen’s Alchemy Chamber and my Enoteca Toscana wine bar at this show in years past.

The ballroom typically has 7 rows of vendors, but this year because of international travel being closed, and the caution around the COVID virus, the show was only attended by about half of normal, dealers and customers alike. I typically will volunteer with ticket sales or the exhibits, and this year because of the smaller size of the show, the exhibits were on the main floor interspersed with the dealers. The middle row of dealers was not there, and everyone was spaced out and practicing social distancing as much as possible.

I typically don’t buy too much at this show, but I do like connecting with friends and dealers I see once or twice a year at the different shows. This year I purchased a couple of florals for my Habitat Botanical Garden, several filled beverage glasses from Autumn Leaf Studio that will go in my Barbary Coast Hotel and Saloon, fabrics and a doll to be dressed and wigged from Pat Boldt Dolls.

If you have never attended a show, or are curious about the Good Sam Showcase, I encourage you to attend next year. The show will be October 8th & 9th, 2022. The show is less than a mile from the airport, so if you are flying in, you are almost landing at the hotel. The DoubleTree itself is great, lots of room to spread out and enjoy the show. October is what we call “local’s summer”, where the weather is still quite warm, and the towns are not crowded with tourists, especially by the beach where I live.

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