Even though it was cold and rainy and not so great weather for an outdoor flea market Julie and I headed over the hill and through the woods Sunday to the annual event in Sparks Kansas. The outdoor market is similar to the one held in Round Top Texas, Shh... We don't really want city folks to know about this show. Although, they published an article in the Kansas City Star recently and woo-la, they traveled afar, even braved the snow and freezing temperatures on Thursday, so I heard anyway.
Which brings me to my next topic...
This show runs Thursday - Sunday. Antique proprietors or other shop owners like myself usually come early on Wednesday while the vendors are setting up. Not fair! They get all the good stuff! I'm kidding, kind of. What's that saying? Oh never mind. It doesn't really matter.
Hot topic continues... Yesterday I overheard a girl saying to a vendor. I own a second hand shop and was hoping since this is the last day of the show you would want to let go of stuff cheap. Having been and worked and experienced both sides of that road I'm a bit biased with my thoughts. I could tell it offended the dealer. She seemed to be unaware she had placed him in an uncomfortable spot. I watched as she walked over to the next vendor and asked her the same question. Amazing what you notice at these shows!
On the other hand.... Miss Jill with a vendor. "Will you take $20 bucks for this?" Vendor, "how about $22?" That's fair, yes, I reply. Then we go to pay... I hand him a hundred dollar bill and say, I can write a check if you don't have change. He says, no, no, I have change and says, "how about an even $20 like you first asked?" No, no, I settled on $22, I will give you an extra two dollars. Now you see! You get a clear picture....Keep in mind, I'm the person at the auction that bids against themselves! No need to continue this discussion....
We had a great time. We ate tenderloins! Messy, mayonnaise dripping, fried tenderloins!!! I walked by food vendors that made kettle corn and deep fried pickles, funnel cakes. Everything was deep fried! I'm gonna tell you, that tenderloin was yummy! I ate every bite! It's kind of fun to indulge every now and then, especially during an outdoor antique show, right?
Bittersweet is headed into Summer, Fall production. I know, it seems way too early for autumn thoughts. You know how it is around here.
Enjoy caring and sharing days.