I always have a difficult time sleeping the night after my Oak Creek show. This past weekend was no exception. I was dragging Sunday morning and somehow made it to Janesville.
Large amount of dealers once again. This time I was set up next to Phil and behind Dell. That was two days in a row I got to hang out with Dell, who I have known for a long time and is one of my favorite dealers.
I brought out the binders again, like Oak Creek. It sure was nice keeping my car loaded. I added two more binders for Sunday, including my 1979 Topps football and my autograph binder.
Surprisingly, sales were flat. I thought attendance was excellent but I just could not give my stuff away. Note to self -- don't bring binders to Janesville. I also had out my dime box but did not get any sales out of the box.
On the buying front, quite a few cards offered, unfortunately, everything was way too high. One of my regular customers offered me a small box of cards, mostly commons. I just did not see the value in the box. He wanted $200, I offered $100. No deal.
Then another regular customer offered me a near set of 1963 Fleer baseball. Unfortunately, he did not have a price in mind and wanted me to make an offer. I really had no idea what to offer, so, again, no deal. The same customer had a near set of 1964 Topps Giants. He wanted $900 which is crazy high. I can purchase a complete set of those for $300 all day long, every day. I think I need to remember to not even engage this guy next time around.
He had one more item, a photo of the Chicago Cubs supposedly from 1885. The photo was framed. I did not ask him for a price because I was unsure whether the photo was real and not a reprint. It looked real. He said he got it from his barber but he did not know where his barber obtained it. I took a photo of it, posted below, because I thought it was cool.
I was able to walk up to the breakfast buffet and snag some sausages, a cinnamon roll and some coffee. Later I bought a Coke in the hotel lobby.
I left the show early because I was so tired due to lack of sleep and lost my motivation due to lack of sales. I don't believe there is a Janesville show in August. I will be back for the September show but will make sure I bring display cases.
I do appreciate the hard work that promoters John and Mike put into the show. They do an excellent job and bring in a lot of dealers and a lot of customers. I know I have said this many times, as a dealer, when sales are flat and customers are in the room, I need to change things up for the next show to spur some sales. I hope to have better luck next time!
In the meantime, my next Oak Creek show is on August 6. I have already received a couple of dealer cancellations for that show and have added one new dealer. A few tables are available, contact me at email@example.com for table info.
Next up is Fort Wayne on Saturday, July 9, and Schaumburg on Sunday, July 10. See you next weekend!!