Got back from the National on Monday, worked all week, then up at 4 a.m. for the Oak Creek show on Saturday. Once again, Andy met me at the Sal at the crack of dawn and was a huge help in rearranging the tables and chairs. I was up to 90 dealers for this show and it took some extra time to get everything in place.
Though, with Andy's help, we seemed to wiz through it and I opened the door for dealers at 7 a.m. I am surprised at the number of dealers sitting in the parking lot at 7 when official load-in time is 8 a.m.
The morning was hectic. I tried to be thorough to make sure there was a name tag out for each dealer but there were a few I forgot. A few other dealers wanted to rearrange their location. Several dealers were no shows. One dealer, Matt Skaggs, had COVID, and did not attend. Saw Matt the following week and he is feeling better. Seemed like I was running around all morning.
Another issue was my layout near the concession stand. I placed too many dealers nearby and aisle space was tight. I'll fix that for the September 3rd show.
I placed my tables in the front hallway. I brought my own tables, thank you. I brought out seven display cases and placed out the remainder of my cards priced for the National. Sales were excellent in the morning.
At 11 a.m., Jason took over so I could collect table fee from the mass amount of dealers. I believe this was my first show where two different dealers had 1933 Goudey Babe Ruths in their display cases -- Tommy Larson and Mike Slinkman. Cool stuff!
We had two dealers that drove up from Indiana -- Jim C. and Bob Lucas. Thanks for setting up! I also met a customer who drove in from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Attendance was steady all day. We ended up with 475 people through the door, though, I know many more came in early before we had a volunteer at the front door. There was probably closer to 500 people in attendance. I was a little concerned competing against the State Fair but it did not affect attendance.
Most dealers reported excellent sales. Some said sales were off. Most were in a good mood.
I really appreciate all of my dealers and everyone who attended the show! I had a really good time and was sorry to see the show end.
Not a whole lot to report. There were no issues other than several no-show dealers. My waiting list for dealers continues to grow so I will not have a hard time replacing those no shows for the September 3 show.
My pal Dave had a scary drive to the show. He told me that while he was driving 75 mph on I94, someone hit him from behind. He fish tailed a little bit then pulled over. The other guy pulled over for a second and took off. Hit and run. Dave suffered some damage to his vehicle. He also might have a little whiplash but I am glad he is okay! Scary! Be careful out there, there are so many lunatics on the road and not nearly enough police.
Thankfully, we did not have any issues during the show. This show has really grown into the best show around... and I am not just saying that because it is my show. There are now 90 dealers! An amazing variety. I take pride that the show has more than triple the number of vintage dealers than any other show around. I think we have something special here for vintage collectors, modern collectors and Pokemon collectors. Great stuff!
I gave away packs of cards at my tables. Donny pulled a Yadier Molina jersey card numbers 34 out of 50. Be sure to stop at my tables and visit me, Jason and Rachel for a free pack of cards.
I am expecting more of the same for the September 3rd show. Just plugging along. Thanks for coming out everybody! Next one is September 3rd!!!
Below are some photos from the August show: