On the absolutely most beautiful weekend possible, the Mt. Vernon Antique, Craft & Flea Market was held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. We were competing for the public's attention against Glenn Beck being given "Keys to City" (hey, our mayor wanted--as a comical retaliatory gesture--to give Bellingham's city keys to John Stuart which, unfortunately, didn't happen); competing with the City Street Faire; and competing with the Oyster Run (motorcyclists' annual pilgrimage to Anacortes).
While both vendor and customer attendance were down, this event continues to be a great place to unearth some pretty cool, funky stuff. It's low key and relaxed, spread out between gorgeous outbuildings vastly improved over the years by the hard-working people at Skagit County Fairgrounds.
In general, displays are set out on tables garage-sale style for public perusal. It's always a "treasure hunt" and early buyers are happily rewarded for showing up at 8:00 AM.
There was every type of vendor from antiques and vintage to collectibles, to automotive stuff, to tools and other "guy" stuff, to garage sale junque, to hand-made wood working crafts, to crafted birdhouses, etc., etc., etc!!!!!
The problem with selling at this market (which I did in spades) was that I couldn't be out shopping. (Insert withdrawal groans here . . . .) DeBob grabbed a lotta good schtuff!!!
You never know what people are going to be drawn to. This particular market is a tough one in which to sell antiques/vintage treasures, as most people are looking for cheap, cheap, cheap. But a few select, eagle-eyed buyers knew that my items--while a bit higher priced than most vendors--were real bargains compared to many shop prices!
At the last minute, we added the giant Victorian over-mantle mirror to my booth (first photo above). I honestly didn't expect to sell something that major, but it found a home in Federal Way. The deliriously happy woman who spotted it, said she had been looking for "forever" and had given up hope of finding the perfect mirror. C'est magnifique--it fit within a hair's width into the back of her 4Runner . . . wow!!!
Well, not much turnaround time to get ready for the October 11th Sand Point Antique & Design Market, but I've snagged some great new items for you to see! Autumn and winter antiques are my favorite . . . so, as always, there will be a "horn-of-plenty" in my booth.