At the Grayslake Antique Flea Market this weekend I talked to loads of people about the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market next Sunday, (May 15), and was surprised by a., how many had never heard of it and b., how many had heard of this show but never attended. Elkhorn is an amazing show and should not be missed!
Speaking of Grayslake, I'm sorry that I have no photos of some of the great vendors that were there; it was busy enough that I didn't leave my booth for long. I couldn't resist pulling over on a country road on my way there on Sunday to capture this, however.
A big thanks to all of my buyers for a successful show; the big chippy corbels are going to a great home in Door County. Paper & garden items were the most popular categories, selling steadily all weekend. I love selling to other dealers as well; it's a large part of my business. The fab group of industrial looking alarm clocks that I bought at Kane last week sold before opening to a dealer friend. Within an hour she had sold them to a well-known dealer from Chicago. I really believe that there would be no antiques trade if we weren't all buying from each other...it keeps the business rolling!
I'm headed to Brimfield first thing tomorrow morning and hope to share a few photos from there later this week.
*****The rest of this post was first published in May, 2010.*****
If you've not been to Elkhorn you really must go on Sunday! Kathy and I will be in the Small Animal Building, Space 29.
The weather couldn't have been more perfect and the grounds were packed at Elkhorn yesterday. We didn't get out of our booth much, but snapped a few photos when we made a run to the van. This vendor had a dreamy selection of pottery in summery colors.Kathy spotted this great chair. It was a little spendy for us, but I didn't see it at the end of the day...
A vendor down the aisle from us had a wonderful display of crisp & bright vintage textiles. Isn't this dress and apron combo "the best"?Our neighbors in the Small Animal Building included Vintage Girl Stuff, Sezessions and Young American Picker. We loved our new space. What a difference it makes having "semi-clean" cement under your feet instead of the dirt that we battled for 2+ years in our previous location. Happily, most of our regulars found us.
Our booth was a hot mess soon after opening; a lot of the bigger pieces were gone and we had a hard time getting in to rearrange.
The best moments of the day involved blogger friends, The Junk Mammas stopped in and soon after Junkin Julie arrived. It was great to meet Kim & Jenny and Julie. Check out their blogs when you have a moment.
Jeanine from ChiPPy SHaBBy! popped in for a moment. I think Jeanine was born with a "ChiPPy chip" that leads her to the bEst! finds. I can't wait to shop her sale next weekend.
Toward the end of the day I ran over to see the Anything Goes Here booth. Joan obviously had a great day; there wasn't much left. We never got to visit the Iowa Junk Gypsies. We saw their location on the way out Saturday night but the girls were nowhere to be seen. (Out buying?) Candyce & Jill from Altered Ever After were there somewhere but they were undoubtedly busy and we never connected. (Missed you!)
Today preparations for the Northwind Perennial Farm Antique & Garden Show begin . No, that's not exactly true. Today we might unload the van, ship orders, catch up on accounting, take Gracie for a walk and then rest our tired tootsies.... Happy Monday everyone!