Slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the morning last
Just kickin' down the cobble-stones, lookin' for fun and feeling groovy
Hello lamppost, what's cha' knowing, I've come to watch your flowers growin'
Ain't cha got no rhymes for me, do-it-do-do, feelin' groovy
I've got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life I love you, all is groovy
It was a slow, groovy day in Orland Park on Saturday, November 10, 2012. I had to slow down during my drive to Orland today. A lot of traffic in the morning and everyone wanted to drive slow. That's okay 'cause I'm feelin' groovy. Once I arrived at the Orland Civic Center I couldn't get the cart that enables me to load in with one trip. There was some sort of Boy Scout event happening in another room and I observed some mom-type lady grab the large cart and hide it on the side of the Boy Scout room. Thanks mom! It's okay 'cause I'm feelin' groovy.
Once I got my gear inside, Jim hit me up with some really groovy deals. Thanks Jim! I also observed an exceptional amount of vintage in the room which gave me a groovy feeling about the show. Customers started to come in the room around 8:30 a.m. and I wasn't nearly set up yet. But that's okay, 'cause I've got to make the morning last.
Not much of a customer turn out at all today. One of the slowest shows of the year. In fact, I had my lowest Orland sales of 2012 on this groovy day. It wasn't a total disaster, though, and I really appreciate the folks that stopped by my table today. You're all GROOVY!!
Joey got things going by purchasing some 1970 Topps baseball. A new groovy customer purchased my 1969 Topps Al Kaline. Terry was lookin' for fun and purchased my 1968 Topps Tom Seaver and 1967 Topps Home Run Leaders card. A new customer picked up some 1969 Topps football. Walt didn't have any rhymes for me but found plenty of 1968 Topps baseball. A regular purchased some 1970-71 Topps hockey.
With no deeds to do, a regular customer purchased some 1971 Topps baseball high numbers. Dan found some 1970-71 Topps hockey, some 1969 Topps baseball and some 1970 Topps baseball.
Pardon the interruption, but I need to pause this blog for a moment because I just noticed the word "dappled" in the Feeling Groovy lyrics. What the hell does "dappled" mean? I've never heard or used that word before.
According to Webster's, "dappled" means: marked with small spots or patches contrasting with the background. Okay, that really doesn't make any sense. So essentially Simon and Garfunkel are saying they are marked with small spots contrasting with the background and drowsy and ready to sleep. How does one become marked with small spots contrasting with the background? Is this technically possible? Most importantly, is it even groovy?
Back to the blog... for the second week in a row I got to see long-time customer Chuck from the groovy Northwest Side of Chicago. Today Chuck picked up my 1963 Topps Ray Nitchke rookie that he had been eyeing for some time. Then Chris and I made a trade where I gave him my 1965 Philadelphia Fran Tarkenton and a 1957 Topps George Blanda for stack of 1968 Topps baseball, 1970 Topps baseball and 1970's-era Kelloggs cards, do-it-do-do.
Bill picked up my 1963 Topps Hank Aaron. A new customer purchased some 1970-71 Topps hockey. A regular customer purchased a 1948 Bowman Snuffy Stirnweiss and 1951 Bowman Johnny Pesky. Then Chuck T. pulled out some 1969 Topps baseball as part of a cash and trade deal for a large amount of cards, including some 1960s football, 1970s basketball and 1977 Topps baseball. Joel is working on vintage White Sox team sets and purchased a 1954 Topps Sherman Lollar and a 1955 Bowman George Kell. Harry purchased a 1973 Topps Roberto Clemente and some 1963 Topps baseball commons. My Mets guy, formerly the Expos guy, rounded out my day with some 1978 Mets.
Obviously, I didn't do too badly but I usually do much better at this show. But that's okay, 'cause I'm feeling groovy. The Orland show was the first of a double bill weekend. Serb Hall on Sunday was the other show. Serb blog is in the hopper and I should get that one done shortly.
I actually ended up buying more cards than I sold today. That's the trouble when things are slow, I end up buying and buying... GROOVY!!!
Pictured below are today's buys.