I've been reading all the posts about the upcoming Antique Fair in Round Top/Warrenton and started having myself a good old-fashioned pity party for one! As I said earlier, Cat Daddy and I are not going to be able to make contact with the Mother Ship this fall and it's killing this chubby lady! While feeling sorry for myself at all the fun I'll be missing, I decided to stroll down ol' memory lane with a little look-see at past shows. SQUIRREL ALERT! I don't know if folks realize the time AND money that goes into preparing for a show this big and this long, but nine days is a lo-o-ng time. It takes a lot of careful measuring and even more moolah to have enough... A. Space on the trailers for everything B. Room under the tent for everything C. Enough of everything to last that long...including underwear I've always said my goal is for Cat Daddy and I to be sitting in two folding lawn chairs with an ice chest between us at the end of a show! Hasn't happened yet...but a girl can always dream!
I'm sharing this information with y'all because I think there is a rumor going around that we dealers find our merchandise either in the trash or on the side of the road. I'm here to tell ya...baloney! I'm not gonna lie to you...sometimes we do come across something dirt cheap, but the days of finding mother lodes are long gone. We are out there wearing the tires off the truck to find the latest trends and hopefully start a few in the process. Before you think I'm fussing at y'all, please wait for the caboose to this train of thought. Really unique stuff is getting impossible to find at a fairly reasonable price. We're paying a lot more for things than we did even three years ago...supply and demand...ya know? So-o-o...do your homework. Know what you're willing to spend on something you dearly want and when you find it...be kind to that vendor. It's OK to ask for a better price...just don't go in expecting 30-50% off. I don't care what the experts tell you...don't do it! One last word on this and then I'll move on. Don't be offended if the dealer says the price is firm. Just remember how much sweat (and money) went into getting it ready for the show and you....and how much you love it! Y'all will be happy to know that will be my only advice column for this year's fall show! Can you say whew? (We now return to our regularly scheduled program!) While I was strolling down memory lane, I came across different photos of the past blog parties and it dawned on me, I hadn't reminded y'all of SweetT's party! Now keep in mind...this is still the summer and just like TV in the summertime, all these photos are reruns....and I'm not doing a lot of links. (I'm truly not lazy...just tired. I was with Jenn and Bella all day going to doctor's appointments...with shots!) Let me show you what you'll be missing if you don't come Sunday, September 26th starting with the SweetT herself. Theresa has worked her patootie off on these parties in the past and she ain't about to stop now. When I say she works...I mean like a rented mule. She sets up her space for the show plus designs and decorates a special place for the guests of honor. She makes sure no one leaves hungry or thirsty and this year ought to be a hoot with the Junk Pot Food Contest she's cooked up...no pun intended! (As a matter of fact...Cher of The Texas Woman fame has thrown down the gauntlet to one and all to try and top her entry! I'm thinking Trash Can Punch...what do y'all think?) If you're new to the party...not to worry. T goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome. I promise you up and down you'll feel like you've know her for years before she's done with you! If you're wondering what to wear...again not to worry. There's no dress code. Just look at these photos. It's boots to bling baby...anything goes...except nekkid! Wouldn't want you to get sunburned!
I promise you'll rub elbows with celebrities...rock stars (in our world)...and the "will-never-be-another-one-like-him" Cat Daddy. That's right boys and girls...we may not be setting up, but there is no way on this green Earth that we would miss the party! Remember...Party is my middle name!
There will be the much anticipated guests!
There will be the long and short of it ones!
Let's hear it for the Honey Baked and the girls-just-wanta-have-fun ones!
There will be bloggers out the wazoo just waiting to meet ya...more than you can swing a Cat at!
There will be laughing, hugs, kisses and all the things that make life good and Texasified!
There will be the chance for making new friends....
I'm sure you can understand now why I wouldn't miss this for the world and I hope you can come. I'd love to get to hug you too!
I'll call this a wrap in just a sec, but I thought I'd mention something else while I got y'all on the hook!
I won't be in my familiar tent by Royer's, (btw...go to the Junk Gypsy blog for a great ongoing contest Royer's is in!) but a certain someone will be and she has promised me faithfully to keep the party going in my absence!
Malissa and Lurch will be launching a brand new enterprise at this show. Have you dreamed of the man in the moon? Have you danced by the light of it or even howled at it? Heck...have you ever just mooned somebody? Well...here's your chance to make dreams a reality (all but the mooning part...remember that sunburn!)
Make plans...in fact plan an outfit for...Pent-Up Photos! Is this not over the moon clever? Mal will be taking photos that you can take home with you that day...no waiting or mailing...right then and there! She has an on going love affair with vintage photos and has taken that love and created Pent-Up Photos. Your photo will be a reminder of what a wonderful time you had at Zapp Hall or a great blackmail pix...your call!
She'll be easy to find. If you know where we usually are...that'll be her this show. If you've never been to our tent...just listen for the sound of laughter, the smell of pie and you are there!