Welcome to NAME...
We are glad you came to visit. We do MINIATURES, as "in scale" versions of any and everything in real life.
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The current by-law changes that will be up for discussion and vote at our annual meeting in July are listed in the May/June issue of the Gazette.
Online Auctions - Are Now Here and In Progress!
Over the past year, NAME has been holding Online Auctions to disburse some of the many donations we have received through our Estate Donation Program. After several “test” auctions, the first all member auction was held over the New Year holiday. A second auction, “Rev-Up You Engines For NAME” was held over the Memorial Day weekend and was themed to honor the Indy 500. Together the two auctions raised over $4000.00 and put a number of artisan, vintage and collectable miniatures back into the hands of loving miniaturists.
The auctions are an integral part of our Estate Donation program and not only save many treasures but also afford our members an opportunity to find many items, long out of production or by artisans no longer producing. Our member response was overwhelming and there were many numerous bargains to be had. Many signed artisan pieces sold for a fraction of their retail value. Because of the overwhelming success of the auctions, they will become a regular feature and will be held on a regular basis here on our new website.The auctions are for members only, and this is just one more benefit to belonging to NAME. If you are a NAME member and would like to get caught up in the bidding wars, then go to our Members section (login required), select the Auctions option and register to start bidding. If you re not a NAME member and want to take advantage of this unique opportunity, click the “Join Now” button above. You also have many options for making payments, such as: PayPal, authorize.net (CC's), check, money order, or call the NAME office with your CC info. Many auctions are already in progress, and will be continuous as long as we still have estate merchandise to sell. You can also buy souvenirs from previous conventions and houseparties with the "buy it now" option for those items. NAME logo merchandise will also be available soon too.
One of the newest features of our new website is the Member’s Gallery. This is an opportunity for our members to advertise their minis for sale to other members and the general public as well. They do not even have to be items for sale, you can also use this for your personal “show and tell” showcase. We would love to see what all people have made over the years!
The idea is that anyone who wants to be in the Gallery may do so for a nominal monthly fee of $15 for 3 months, or $25 for 6 months. For the fee you will get a business card size ad, which may include information or a picture of your items for sale, and your contact information. You may link to your website of you have one. You do not have to be a full scale retailer, or have a store front or online store. You may specialize in only one item, if you prefer; the choice is yours. This is an exceptional opportunity to reach out to hundreds of potential buyers – or just plain show-off your pride and joy.
NAME Anniversary Book Available
On of the gifts given to attendees of the Ruby Red Gala at Charlotte this year, was the book, “Only Through Sharing, A Pictorial History of NAME”. The book was compiled by NAME President Cay Yerves, with photographs by Museum Chair Lynne Joehnk and Office Manager Kim Ash. In addition to the history of NAME, the book features major milestones, a listing of AOH members and Past Presidents, and showcases all of the centerpieces and souvenirs from the past 39 National Conventions.Copies of the book are available for a donation of $25.00 and can be ordered through the Miniature Gazette. Copies are limited and when sold out, reprints may not be available.
Statement of Purpose:
The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) is a non-profit, educational organization whose purpose is to promote miniatures as a distinct art form, to provide education forums on their construction, historical significance and intrinsic value, to preserve unique collections in a miniature museum open to the public (located in Carmel, IN), and to maintain a mutually beneficial network of collectors, crafters, and artisans.
NAME is proud to be
- A Patron of the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, IN
- A Sponsor of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, & Toys
- A Patron of the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
- A Supporting member of Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
- A member of IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans)
- A Carmel Arts & Design District Business Association member
- A Patron of the Mini Time Museum in Tucson, Arizona
- A member of CIMTA (Cottage Industry Miniaturists Trade Association, Inc.)
- A Supporter of Real Good Toys Dollhouse for a Cause program