Monday, September 21, 2009

Shopping Springfield: The One That Got Away

We've all been there. Out cruising the show's aisles, you spot IT. Whether it's a life-long search or this week's must have, the mists part and the object that sets your heart pounding comes into view.

Depending on your shopping style, you make a mad dash in its direction or amble slowly toward it, feigning disinterest. But one way or another, you have to take a look at the price tag. And then you see it. The dreaded "SOLD" sticker. Some other intrepid shopper beat you to IT. Suddenly, it's like someone let all the air out of your balloon. Well, it happened to me not just once, but two booths in a row at Springfield! Ugh. Thought I'd be sick. One thing was a great dress form, wire cage and all, and actually in my price range. The second was the group of school tables above. While they may not look like much, they would clean up great. And to add insult to injury, they were all $5 to $10!! Boo, hiss, pout.

Somehow, I managed to survive -- barely! The gorgeous weather helped. As did the company of our BFF Heather with her fabulous jewelry in tow. Her sales were really brisk, and she picked up a new wholesale account.

We also enjoyed seeing tons of our favorite customers and friends from near and far: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania. And being neighbors with our Chicago pals Janis and Judy; how ironic that with 2000-plus dealers, we'd end up right next to each other!

Furniture sold well, as did projects and Halloween. I wished that we had had more industrial, but that's been a constant this year. We're always on the look-out.

Saturday afternoon, we headed out to Burlington, but unfortunately, the Sunday morning brought with it persistent rain showers. By 2 pm, we were packing for the journey home. Tuesday, we'll sort our new finds and start working toward Allegan. And Wednesday, we'll be back out shopping for IT. xo


Shannan Martin said...

I'm weeping right along with you for those tables. You shouldn't have even told me how cheap they were! TRAGIC!!!!

And ugh - I will be missing both Allegan AND Kane Co. I don't know what I was thinking - we are heading out to PA on Sept. 30.


cupcake studio said...

Looks like a FUN time! (And sorry about the one that got away...I hate it when that happens!)

Anita said...

One time I was lamenting the one that got away and a dear friend reminded me- There will be another, honey. If it was one of a kind, it would be in a museum....Sometimes, he is wrong, but I keep moving on...and if I know you in action, you found something else...or 5 something elses :)

See you at Kane....

Sea Witch said...

Love this posting. I'm still reeling from the plat of vintage gloves that was shameless "stolen" from my purchasing hands over 20 years ago. LOL. I know, I know, just inanimate objects that I should not put another moment of thought into but you know, that lovely pair of aqua gloves with the ruching at the side were really made for me. Sigh. Sea Witch

True North Interior Design & Antiques said...

How well I know this feeling. Just remind yourself of all the ones that didn't get away. Dan

ann at greenoak said...

i feel for you...i missed a gigantic pile of locker baskets last year at springfield......... no fun!!!!

Kasey said...

I hope you did well...i had a blast...even though i didn't make it to your end of town.