I am falling into a routine with the Pop-Up Shop after having completed four of them. During the week leading up, I normally try to organize my office and put everything out of view and pull out all the tables and display cases. I am up to 19 display cases. I could probably fill up one more.
I have one card table by the entrance that I rotate every month. This month I placed my quarter box on there along with some junk wax boxes and a 1997 Donruss rack pack. I sold the rack pack but did not sell any of the boxes. The quarter box saw a lot of action. I'll probably bring out some dollar boxes next month and some programs.
I had a real busy week of work leading up to the Pop-Up Shop and was only able to clean the place and organize my files. I had big plans for Saturday and was hoping to set up quickly and get back home and finish pricing my 1969 baseball binder. Well, I had a client come in along with some early birds for the Pop-Up Shop and was only able to set up all the binders and put out all the display cases. Which was fine because I really didn't want to leave 19 display cases filled with cards unprotected over night. So I woke crazy early on Sunday and made it to the office by 6 a.m. and spent two hours filling up the display cases.
At 8 a.m. I went out to place some signs in the parking lot and saw my first customer of the day, Scott, who purchased a ton of stuff including my 1954 Topps Ted Williams. Thanks Scott! Craig and Doreen arrived around 8:30 a.m. and purchased a ton of stuff as well. Thank you!
Big Tim arrived shortly after and purchased some nice stuff including my Gordie Howe autograph. Thanks Tim! Bill from Antioch was an early entry as well we did a cash and trade deal for my 1973 Mike Schmidt rookie. Several other regulars arrived and made some purchases, like Angel, who bought some 1960 Topps.
I had several new customers attend and make purchases. One couple drove in from Janesville to work on their sets. J.R. came down from Milwaukee and purchased a bunch of stuff. Thank you everyone! I had two guys named Larry at the show and they both purchased some cards. Thanks guys!
I was really happy to see T.J., who have not seen in a few years. T.J. purchased some cards and I learned he grew up on the South Side of Chicago. I always thought he was from the Northwest Suburbs. It was a weekend of southsiders at the my office. A group came in Saturday, including Will, who purchased a stack of 1970 Topps baseball. Then there was T.J. and Paul at the Pop-Up Shop along with my brother who is the track and cross country coach at Marist High School down south.
I had four new guys attend but oddly, they did not purchase anything, which is a first for the Pop-Up Shop. I don't see how you can walk out without purchasing anything. I've got so much stuff!! A couple of new guys came after I closed up. I let them dig through some cards and they purchased my 1957 Luis Aparicio and my 1952 White Sox program. There were quite a few other new customers that made purchases. Thanks everybody!
Another new aspect was guys bringing in stuff to sell to me, which I really appreciate. My main man Junior stopped by Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday! Thanks Junior! Paul P. brought me several football sets. Thanks Paul!
I seemed to have the right amount of people at the Pop-Up. It never felt crowded. I think I had many more people at the February Pop-Up. As a result, sales were down but not bad.
Next Pop-Up Shop is slated for April 18. There is a rumor that the Orland show is coming back on that day but I do not have it confirmed. If Orland does resume on April 18, I will not be able to attend because of the Pop-Up Shop and will shoot to set up at the May show... if there is one.
In the meantime, my next card show at the Salvation Army, 8853 S. Howell, in Oak Creek, WI, is scheduled for April 3. I plan on bringing out all of my baseball binders. Dealer tables are sold out! See you April 3rd!