We left the house this morning feeling a little unsettled — off to cover a specialty show featuring items outside the fields we normally handle. It wasn’t a sharks-are-circling type of fear, but it was definitely a fish-out-of-water mood. We worried for nothing. The 22nd annual International Antique Lamp Show & Sale in Indianapolis proved to be the bright spot of our week.

Everyone was on a mission to meet and greet, with a healthy dose of teaching thrown in for good measure. They were warm, they were genuine, and they were knowledgeable. The excitement was palpable, and it was obvious these folks were passionate about what they were doing. No disinterested dealers working crossword puzzles, staring right through attendees in their booth, or snoozing in the corner.

So, hats off to Bill Courter, Bob Daniels, and everyone else responsible for hosting, planning, and arranging this year’s show. And to the dealers who so graciously answered questions and provided additional insights, you are a credit to the antiques industry. I walked in a novice; I walked out a novice, but that was more fun than should be legal at a show. I might not be ready to jump into the pond just yet, but the water sure looks inviting.