Friday, August 19, 2011
Antique Week at Madison-Bouckville
We arrived here on Monday and began to set up for a week of selling. I have to say I've never seen anything like this little town before. As I heard one person joke there are more antique shops in this town than there are people. This amazing little town, located right outside of Syracuse New, York, is host to a massive antique week long festival that covers several different fields all the way through town. This one town has survived for 40 years because of this one week event every year. As we walked through town last night, Donnie and I estimated this show probably cover 2 miles square miles.
Some of the dealers travel from field to field. My friends have tried to get me here for the last several years but we always had a conflict. This year we made the date work and I'm glad that we did. We chose to setup only at the Cider House Field for the entire week long event (if you know me you know I have too much stuff to be packing up and literally hauling across the road to the next field).
During Donnie and Courtney's first trip out they ran accross the a booth that was open but not manned. There was a simple sign that stated "today is self serve" with purchasing info etc. as you can see in the picture. This was a first for all of us. I guess you can tell we are in a trusting small American town.
My question is how do you barter? Or is this his way of standing firm with his pricing? I'm not sure, but I definately had to share this one.
I finally managed to get out and shop alittle today with my good friend Barb. My first observation is this is like a tent city for antiques. I've never seen so many tents. I've been to alot of shows but I've never seen anything like this place. There is something here for everyone and it comes in every price range. In a place this big, you will find a huge array of pricing differences because there are so many vendors from various areas of the US and Canada. I have met buyers from Greece, Canada, California, Washington state, Missouri, England, and Germany to name a few.
This has been a great week and I've met some wonderful people. I look forward to making this one of our annual trips.
Check out this link from the Utica New York Observer Newspaper. Yes we made the cut of photos used. Actually four of the pictures were taken in my booth. Check out the photo of the guy relaxing by the Arts and Crafts Lamp. Ed is from Conneticut we met at Charlotte back in November. We figured we'd never meet again but low and behold I pull into my spot for him to be in the space next to mine. What a small world we live in.