I had a real nice dealer turn out for my monthly Clarion show. Customer attendance was a little down but my sales were still good. I also purchased quite a few cards.
Sunday, December 4, 2016, Wyndham Garden, Schaumburg, Illinois
One of my better Schaumburg shows in a while. Nice day of both selling and buying.
Sunday, December 11, 2017, Gonzaga Hall, Milwaukee
There was a snow storm and I opted to stay home. My little car does not do well in the snow. I probably could have made it to the show in the morning but the afternoon snow would have made it difficult to drive home. I considered going up for the show then staying at a hotel afterwards but I had to work the next day and couldn't do it. I feel bad about missing the show. I rarely miss a show. Kudos to those that braved the weather and made it to the show!
Sales and purchases were steady all year long at both Gonzaga and the Clarion. The Schaumburg, Bloomingdale and Hoffman Estates, Illinois, shows varied greatly. I had some tremendous days at some of those shows and some unmemorable days. My Fanatics shows were dismal for sales. It is not often that I have two bad Fanatics shows in a row. I am scheduled for the March 2017 Fanatics show but I have some concerns. If I lay another egg, I may skip the November show.
I ventured out a little further for my out of down shows last year. I went to Pittsburgh in May, layed an egg there. I went to Minneapolis in March where sales were once again slow. I went down to St. Louis and layed some more eggs. Also, Madison, Wisconsin, show sales took a nosedive in 2016. On the upside, my Highland, Indiana, shows were very good, as was the one show I did in Strongsville, Ohio. I did not do any Indianapolis or Fort Wayne shows in 2016. I just could not get motivated for the long drive when sales were poor in 2015. I do miss Indy and Fort Wayne and may stop in during 2017. I also did not make it out to a Michigan show in 2016. I would like to hit Michigan at least once or twice in 2017.
It is just so hard to guage a show. I never know beforehand if sales will be good or bad. I just set up and hope for the best.
With work and family taking up much of my time, I am probably going to limit travel in 2017 and pretty much stick close to home with shows at Gonzaga, Clarion Milwaukee, Orland, and Fred Copp shows. I may sneak some other stuff in because I do get that travel bug and it is fun to set up in a new town.
Overall, I feel like sales took a downward tilt in 2016. I don't keep track of sales or purchases. I am just not that organized. I just try to sell and buy as much as I can every weekend. I felt like purchases were strong in 2016. I have a very good inventory right now and am hoping for much improved sales for 2017. I have already done several shows and will report on those soon.
In the meantime, my Clarion show is coming up Saturday. March 4, 2017.