Monday, July 5, 2010

Mount Vernon Show - Can't Wait to Do It Again!

Mount Vernon, Iowa is the storybook all-American small town.
The downtown streets feature charming historic buildings filled with a great mix of quaint and trendy shops. This was just the second year for the July 4th show on the streets of downtown and I think this one has the potential to "go big".  Kim from Wolfe's Antiques and her team obviously put a great amount of effort into putting together a successful and fun show for both dealers and buyers.  Here's a shot taken at the end of set-up on Saturday.

It was hot & humid during set-up and I never did feel that I had my
(ducks in a row)
for my displays.  Everything eventually found a place and I got to the hotel in time to watch the dismal weather forecast. ("There WILL be storms tomorrow, off & on all day...").  Thankfully, they were wrong. (Surprise!)

The weather was fine, (with the occasional tent-lifting gust), attendance was good, and sales, though not fantabulous, were good. By the way, that's a "changing area" sign in the photo below, not a"hanging area"!

I've been enjoying Barb's Simply Iowa blog for awhile.  We were set up back to back and it was great to meet her.  Barb is high-energy fun!  She has loads of wonderful foundlings. Here's a small portion of her display.  Check out that quartet of shabby them!

Soon after arriving, new blogger friend Ginger, (virginiarose) & her hubby Garth appeared.  These two are the kindest, sweetest and most fun couple...obviously made for each other!  Left-side-tight-spot-parallel-parking is not my strong point...Ginger called Garth over and together they landed my van just perfectly.  All during the show they were there to help at every turn. When I was ready to leave, the van wouldn't start and Garth dropped everything to jump it. I know that these two were late getting packed and home because they were helping me...big hugs to both of you!  Here's a shot of their booth - check out all of the great stuff that they brought.  That little bentwood chair was sweeeeet.

This was a fun show and I hope to be back there next year.
Here are a couple of random snapshots of some of the other booths.

and lastly...what I didn't buy and have been regretting ever since.
What was I thinking - leaving this little beauty there?


  1. It was really nice to meet you on the 4th. I hope you had a wonderful show and will join us again next year. Have a great week!

  2. You had four grain sacks at the show that were basically plain, just a few small words on them. Do you still have them? Are you willing to ship them?

  3. Jan, glad to see you made it home ok. It was so nice meeting you and sharing a laugh. I really hope I can make it to Elkhorn or Kane one of these days real soon.Keep us posted on your prep for Junk Bonanza.Would LOOOVE to be there but I just don't think it's in the cards for this year.
    Take Care Ginger

  4. Hey Jan!
    I so enjoyed you, and your wonderful Stuff! You have an amazing Eye! I can't wait 'til next year, either! We'll have to have a 'Block Party!' Have fun, at the Junk Bonanza! Come visit!
    My Love to Ya!
    Barb C.


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