Dave is my hero! He arrived at my house around 7 a.m. and I loaded my stuff into his car and we were off to Franklin, Wisconsin.
Easy drive up to Franklin. About 40 to 45 minutes. I was set up in my usual spot. I gave Dave one of my tables. He brought out three display cases of high grade vintage. I brought out six display cases, one more than yesterday in Woodstock. I was able to get out the rest of my highend doubles. I left the binders at home. There was no room for them in Dave's car. I did bring out my dime box, 50-cent box, and cheapy vintage box.
Another dealer kept hovering around my tables while I was setting up. Once I completed set up, he pulled a pile of cards out of the 50-cent box and we were able to come to an agreement on my 1978 Topps baseball set. It was a nice way to start out the show. Unfortunately, not much sales after that.
I observed that there were more dealers than I have ever seen at the Root River show. Early on, I assumed that we would have a big crowd due to all of these dealers. However, that big crowd never showed up.
A few regulars bought some cards, which I appreciate, including Jim, who seems to be looking for Braves cards. One of my autograph hounds found a nice pile of stuff. He showed me some photos of parts of his collection -- impressive! He is working on obtaining all of the cards of certain hall of famers and getting them all signed.
There are so many different ways to collect cards, autographs and memorabilia which makes this hobby great!
I was surprised that a bunch of my regular customers missed the show. Where were you guys?
The day went by fast. Dave was a good sport for picking me up and sitting at the show all day without making any sales. We had a good time despite low sales. I am thinking of taking a break from the Root River show. This was my second show in a row with low sales. I hate to do it. Promoter PJ is my buddy and I would like to support the show but I need to start dropping out of these shows where sales are below par.
I don't know what is going on but after a really nice show in Oak Creek on July 2, the rest of my July shows have been lousy. Hopefully, I can right the ship in Madison next Saturday, July 23. I am probably going to bring out a similar inventory to Madison as I brought to Woodstock and Root River.
I am feverishly pricing cards for the National which is coming up on July 27. Then the next Oak Creek show is August 6 which should be a great show with 86 dealers and 124 tables. I am getting a lot of interest for that Aug. 6 Oak Creek show. Unfortunately, I am out of dealer space.
Come on out to Madison and help me break my lousy string of sales!