Each year, the Show brings together more than 100 U.S. and international artisans and dealers, including a number of I.G.M.A. Artisans and Fellows. They offer collectors unique, well-crafted 1-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/4-inch scale miniatures from around the world.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Introducing the Good Sam Blog

As we ring in 2012, Good Sam is proud to introduce its new blog. In our first posts of the year, we will bring you photo highlights from the October 2011 Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures.

Here we will be regularly posting updates about the upcoming 2012 show scheduled for October 6 and 7 at the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, CA. Please join us and keep yourself informed.

We are not sure what all to do with this site yet. If you have any cool ideas for what should be in it, let me know. I’d be glad to hear from you!

The show provides key funding for the PlaneTree Health Library's free community services, http://www.planetreesanjose.org.

Barbara Jones, Chairman, northbaj@att.net

Barbara Jones, General Chairman and Phyllis Hedman, Dealer Chairman, Finance.
From the 2007 Good Sam Show with a Circus theme.

Good Sam's a Cover Girl

The January/February 2012 issue of Dollhouse Miniatures magazine put the Good Sam Show on the cover. The Landman Gallery exhibit from the collection of Barbara Davis, IGMA Guild School Director, has pride of place. (Thank you, DHM!) 

Jan/Feb 2012 Dollhouse Miniatures magazine
The Good Sam Show coverage is divided into two sections in the magazine. Part one is devoted to exceptional miniature from fine artisans, craftsmen and general dealers. Part two focuses on the Workshops offered, some of the kits available, and a few highlights from the exhibits on display.

From the Chairman - Exhibits

Thirty-six years ago--in 1976--the ladies of the Good Samaritan Hospital League added a new fundraiser based on some members’ love of miniatures. They put on a display (no sales) of miniatures at a local community center and asked for donations at the door. They called it the Showcase of Miniatures and, over the years, it has become commonly known as the Good Sam Show. The 1977 show was also only displays. Then, in 1978, a few dealers were invited to attend and the show grew from there.  

We are very proud of our display area and that it has stayed vibrant over the past 36 years. We welcome exhibits, new or from the past, and are eager for participation from first time exhibitors. More information can be found on our website.

Each week, we will share an exhibit or exhibits with you from a recent Good Sam Show.

Bliss Street is a row of six quarter-scale replica Bliss houses, landscaping and accessories. Each house is an exact replica of an authentic Bliss house produced in Rhode Island in the early 1900s. Exhibit in 2011 by Cynthia Howe.