The History of GCADA
Updated: Jul 22, 2022
GCADA is an acronym that stands for Genesee Country Antique Dealer’s
Association was founded in 1948 by several Rochester New York
antique dealers who wanted to professionalize the business and
develop ethical standards of conduct. An additional objective was to
provide a social setting among friendly competitors to share
information, and trends, and most importantly help educate the public on
antiques, their appropriate values, and origins. Ultimately a constitution
and by-laws were developed which the 25 members pledged to honor.
The first antique shows organized by GCADA were held at various
Rochester, N.Y. locations. They were small compared to the antique
shows held in recent times. Locations for the early GCADA shows were:
The Rochester Sheraton Hotel on East Avenue; the historic Powers
Hotel on Main St.; the Columbus Civic Center on Chestnut St.; the
Greece Holiday Inn on Ridge Rd. West. Later as the association grew St.
John Fisher College and Nazareth College became the favored show
Today 74 years later this nonprofit (501C-3) organization continues to
thrive with a membership of 84. Thanks to the committed leadership of
several individuals whose forward-thinking ideas took significant steps
to enact policy changes in 2014. The Constitution was revised
eliminating the requirement for members to attend mandatory
meetings. Several of the new members brought in high-level energy
combined with excellent creativity. With the development of a new
website, Newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram presence, GCADA moved
into the 21st Century gaining a younger audience and a new position of
market strength for the future. Instead of just a small group of
Western New York members, the organization has now broadened and
welcomes dealer members from other states that include:
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois,
Kentucky, Missouri, and Vermont, as well as, Ontario, Canada. This
gives GCADA not only a regional position but a footstep into an
international platform that includes social media.
GCADA is changing with the times, embracing new technology and
marketing techniques. During the 2020 Pandemic, an online show was
developed for the membership to participate in. The traditional March
Antique Show that was held for over 50 years was canceled due to the
Pandemic just the day before the show was to be set up. An online
marketplace has recently been developed to help members proceed
with their business plans and reach broader markets.
Communication among the Board of Directors and the special
committees is being conducted through Zoom meetings in the
the comfort of participants’ homes. As the pandemic waned we once again sponsored both our March and June Antique shows in Pittsford and Canandaigua respectively.
GCADA’s primary objective is to present the finest antiques of many diverse venues by an acknowledged group of dealers. The dealers are well informed about their special wares and are willing to educate prospective customers and collectors who are interested in learning about the history of American antiques. They believe that the historyand preservation of these fine examples of art and craftsmanship should be acquired and passed on to new enthusiasts. GCADA dealers specialize in venues that include Americana; 18th and 19th-century furniture; textiles; ceramics; stoneware; photography; artwork; military; books and ephemera; country primitives and metalware; jewelry; mid-century modern furniture and accessories;lighting; Orientalia and vintage clothing along with Native Americanartifacts.As a nonprofit organization, GCADA continually gives back to the area museums, historical societies, and the Nazareth College General Scholarship Fund for an Arts-History major. A GCADA show whether on location or online will always attract the attention of customers looking for the finest selection of antiques for sale in the antique marketplace. GCADA is very excited about adding a new fall show this year - GREATER ROCHESTER FALL ANTIQUE SHOW ,October 22, 2022 from 10:00 to 4:00 and the show will be held in MINETT HALL at The ROC Dome in Henrietta New York.