There should be some sort of penalty or fine for weather outlets that issue forecasts that are so incredibly off base. I read weather reports the night before the show stating there would be up to two inches of snow. Yeah, right!
Except for college in Tucson and London, I've lived my whole life on the shores of Lake Michigan and had my doubts that there would be any snow at all because it was much too warm for snow. The weather reports were wrong, I was right.
No snow on my drive to the show. I observed a rain and snow mix during the show but nothing stuck to the ground. The weather was clear for my drive home as well.
Unfortunately, I think these bogus weather reports kept some folks away from the show. Attendance was down from last month.
Thankfully, we were not locked out in the morning, like last month, but apparently the restaurant is having staffing issues so no food or drinks. I was so bummed. I was looking forward to those steak tacos.
Keith reported that he had a bunch of last-minute dealer cancellations. I've railed about this in the past. Dealers that cancel at the last minute without a legit excuse just suck. Don't reserve the space if you are not going to show up!
So this show starts at 9:30 a.m. I arrived at 8:30 a.m. and there were already customers in the room which makes it very difficult to load in and set up, especially at Buenavista where space is really tight. I, for one, would appreciate it if folks arrived at 9:30 a.m. like they are supposed to. Give the dealers a chance to load in and set up!
I'm pretty sure Larry and Carol broke into the joint and camped out the night before. Oh, Carol was in a mood this morning, giving old Larr some guff. I had an extra table because of a no-show and was really spread out. Larry set up Carol behind one of my tables. I was at the opposite end and I observed Carol chatting with everyone who stopped to look at the binders in front of her. I wish I could have heard what she said. She seemed to be enjoying herself and lightened up.
Tom was telling me that he saw them have blow-up fights at the old Gonzaga Show. I don't recall them ever fighting. I've known them for decades. They are usually in great spirits and very pleasant but characters, none the less, and I enjoy our card-show characters.
Larry started off my sales which were steady all day. Robert has about cleaned me out of 1954 Topps baseball. I have many, many more to load in there. Any one looking for '54s, be patient, I will eventually reload that binder. A new customer about cleared me out of 1975 minis. I also have a ton of back stock of the minis and added a near set to my supply last week with a nice purchase at my Oak Creek Show.
I seemed to have had a run on my 1964 Topps baseball at this show. I sold quite a few. I filled my three display cases with Exhibits and graded 1955 Bowman football. I sold just one Exhibit and none of the football. I might throw those football cards on eBay. I never know what to place in my display cases. After the show, I priced a bunch more display case stuff, so I'll have a bunch of new items out next time I bring out the cases.
Near the end of the show my pockets were weighing heavy with cash from excellent sales. Then Terry arrived and reminded me I owed him a pile of cash for the 53's and 54's I purchased from him last month. Oh well, easy come, easy go.
I did not buy anything which is unusual. There is this one guy who comes to the show very early every month and tries to sell me cards while I am setting up. I was just kind of annoyed with him this morning as I was hustling to set up and shooed him away. I probably would have bought some cards from him if he approached me after I completed my set up. Folks really need to arrive at the show at 9:30, not 8:30 while I am setting up.
I am set up regularly next to Tom Jahn at this show. I really enjoy chatting with Tom and look forward to hanging out with him at all of the Buenavista shows.
The next Buenavista show is December 12. I decided I am going to skip the December 12 show in favor of Orland which is also on December 12, largely because I have to miss the November Orland show and hate to miss two Orland shows in a row. I'll be back at the January Buenavista show. Keith has not released the 2022 dates yet. I'll let you know as soon as I find out.
I know this is not quite Gonzaga Hall but my sales are consistently good. I like this show and hope to make them all next year. I'm thankful Keith brought the show back during this COVID mess. I really missed it and am looking forward to 2022 at Buenavista.
A lot of folks have been asking me if I am setting up at the Fanatics Show (old Sun-Times show) in Rosemont, IL, next weekend. Unfortunately, I can't make it. I'd like to set up at the March show, if it works for my schedule. I hope everyone has a good time at the show!
I am taking a few weeks off and will return to my weekend warrior ways on December 4 at my Oak Creek Show. We have former Packer Bob Long signing autos from 10 a.m. to noon. Hope to see everyone in Oak Creek. Have a great Thanksgiving!