The 2020 Washington DC
Modernism Show
October 30-November 1

Onsite Show Postponed Until April 24-25, 2021

Show open 8AM EST Saturday October 31 to Midnight Sunday November 1, 2020

Early Buyers Preview
Opens Friday October 30, 2020
Sale of Early Buyer Tickets ended
Midnight ET on October 28th

"I'm All In Love With Vintage" is provided courtesy of The Broadway Antique Market, Chicago. For more information, please contact: [email protected]."

The Show Must Go Online

The Art Deco Society of Washington’s (ADSW’s) 37th annual Washington DC Modernism Show will be held online October 30 – November 1, 2020.

After two virus-thwarted attempts to hold a live show this year we have joined forces with to hold an online show. The show will be open from 8 AM EDT, Saturday, October 31st through midnight, Sunday, November 1st.  Early buyers will have access to the sale beginning at 8 AM EDT Friday, October 30th.

In addition to partnering with ADSW, Ruby Lane sponsors online shows with Barnstar Productions, the Brimfield Antique Shows, and others. Ruby Lane is home to roughly 2,000 online antique shops. Its website draws over 1,100,000 unique visitors every month, offering show participants broad exposure to their goods. Ruby Lane’s customer base extends well beyond the United States, with a significant presence in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.

Started in 1983 as the Exposition of Decorative Arts, primarily an Art Deco show, the Washington DC Modernism Show gradually expanded to include other design movements of the 20th Century. It now includes the sale of items from all 20th Century design movements, including Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Art Moderne, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern, and Atomic. The sale will include jewelry, barware, graphic arts, art pottery, glass, World’s Fair memorabilia, furniture, radios, clocks and watches, lamps, vintage fashions, bronzes, and much more.

The online Washington DC Modernism Show expands the reach of the show beyond its normal mid-Atlantic roots to welcome both dealers and customers from around the country and around the world. Participating dealers will sell and ship items from their home locations, eliminating the need to transport stock to Washington. Dealers will also avoid the travel and hotel expenses associated with a live show. And they will stay safe at home.

Cost to participate in the Washington DC Modernism Show is a $60 registration fee plus a 7% commission on sales (The commission is capped at $250 for higher priced items). Registration is a 2-step process.
• First, Register with ADSW
This application solicits basic contact information and preferences for the show program. It also offers an optional opportunity to advertise in the show program.

• Second, Register with Ruby Lane
Within broad guidelines, dealers have considerable flexibility with respect to • How and when customers contact them • How much is charged for shipping • Return policies • How many items to offer for sale, up to a limit of 250 Participating dealers must have a Paypal business account. Converting a personal account to a business account is a pretty easy process and will allow Ruby Lane to automatically calculate sales taxes and collect commissions on sales. Participating dealers do not need to have a Ruby Lane shop, but are invited to join Ruby Lane after the show. 

2021 Show Details

Join the Art Deco Society of Washington for the 38th annual show and sale in the Grand Masonic Hall and surrounding rooms of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 


George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22301


Saturday, April 24, 2021
9 AM - 11 AM -- Preview
11 AM -- 6 PM -- General Admission

Sunday, April 25, 2021
11 AM -- 5 PM -- General Admission


[email protected]


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