Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shipwreck Day, Anacortes, WA - July 2008

Of all the "ship wreckage" we brought to the event, Ali the alligator (or Croc the crocodile--not sure which) got the most attention . . . and sold right away.  Wish we had five of them--he was in high demand!

The beauty of Shipwreck Day is that no one expects your setup to be artistic--this is, after all, a "wreck" sale.  We had to arise at 3:00 AM (have no memory of that now) to get to Anacortes by 5:30 AM.  Open the trailer and throw the stuff literally onto the street.  Customers were mobbing us by 6:00, so it was not my best effort.  Actually, it was a relief to not be so fussy about setup.

It was a perfect, cool morning which transformed into afternoon bright sunshine.  We had NO shade and were baking (or should I say melting)!  

Holding strictly to my determination NOT to buy anything (sniff, sniff), I'm going through withdrawal at not being able to hunt for goodies.  Must admit, the sprained ankle kept me shipwrecked more than my goal to just merchandise this time.  I think I need a 12-step program!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Portland EXPO, Portland, OR - July 2008

Batting 1000 in the photo department . . . this time I forgot to bring the camera to the Portland EXPO!  Hard to update my blog without it, eh?!  I shared a booth with my friend, Tina West--the energetic owner of Hollywood Antiques in Portland--and her friend of 30 years, Pat (from Spokane).  Great company such as this makes the hours go by sweeter when things inevitably slow down.  Wish you could have seen Pat holding the old ventriliquist doll (Charlie McCarthy?) and singing out tunes together with the antique gramophone.  (Customers going by were taking pictures of her!) Thank you Tina and Pat for sharing!   

Unfortunately, in my haste to unpack at home, I turned over my ankle and bit the concrete with a mighty thud . . . sprained foot and ankle are definitely slowing me down.  Nevertheless--Shipwreck Day this Saturday in beautiful Anacortes . . . here we come!  I shall NOT forget my camera this time!!