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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Gathering Show

Hi guys! I did The Gathering Show in Knoxville this Friday and Saturday. It was ok..not as good as some previous shows I have done there. The attendance was lower than normal. I did sell stuff and luckily had a great weekend on Ebay and Etsy so that made me feel a bit better! I like doing this show, the other dealers are great.I packed up Thursday night with Ed's much as I could get in the minivan. I didn't take my tent and I took different inventory this time..less girly more farmy. On the way to the show I stopped at an estate sale in Knoxville. When the ad said "no parking" they meant it..I had to park 4 blocks away and it was an uphill climb! That seriously had me thinking about what I planned to buy and tote back to the van! I got a few things I will point out later. There was quite a few people there and I was 23 in line with lots more people coming after me. When we went inside, it was like a descent of locusts! People were snatching things left and time for pondering!I got my few things and hiked back to the van, praying it hadn't been ticketed or towed..with all my show inventory..and my cell phone. Luckily it was where I left it!

 I had asked my husband the night before, "It the dolley in the van?" He SAYS he thought I said "Is it in the shed" so he answered yes. So I got to the show with no dolley/cart. Luckily I had brought an old industrial cart to sell, and it hauled in my stuff ..albeit in smaller a champ! This was my area after I just dropped stuff off and put up a couple folding tables. If you do shows, those plastic folding tables are almost a handy! My usual show neighbor Albert always gives me guff, "When is Ed showing up?" (he's at work when I set up) I say, "As soon as everything is in place!"

 This was really a basic set up for me..the vintage suitcase holds vintage aprons. I usually go more all out on set  up!

 Metal totes..I sold all the sage green ones and the tackle box. I thought the big red tool box would sell but nope. It is metal over wood and used to hold saws. It should go at the Clinton show. I got the painting that morning too.It is oil on board and fabulously naieve/folky. It was marked 1929 I believe. It will be in my online shop eventually.

 A primitive table and a really cool quilt. The entire back is matched floral feedsack. The front is patchworks of firework looking fabrics in red, black and blue...unused and very cool! That is a big wire tote underneath.

 I got this primitive child's chair at the sale that morning. I hadn't even got set up yet when one of the other dealers (not one of the great ones asked "how much"..I said $45. He said I'll give you $25 for it! Umm NO..I haven't even got my tables up yet! It sold in the first hour of the sale. I hate haggling..I price my stuff pretty much my best price. I hate marking it up to discount it..that seems so stupid. I will do better if people are buying a few things or offer a reasonable amount. Sometimes if I have had something a while I am more inclined to discount it. You can sort of see a primitive long baby dress hanging off the side. That was also a morning purchase. It was 1800's brown calico and sold was sweet!

  I got these next 2 also at the morning sale..this was a long button front gown of eyelet type lace..

 And this was a shabby wool baby coat..both sold. I know what to keep an eye out for!

 I also got this old wooden tool box that morning.It was an estate of a former antiques dealer. This had a $75 price tag in my booth! They also referred to this as blue paint..looks grey to me! It IS a cool tool box and it is stenciled inside with the former owner's name and address (Ohio). I put $22 on it and it didn't sell at that! I'm not worried is a nice box and will sell elsewhere at that price.

This is a coooool Shaw Walker office chair we have. They sell for a LOT online, but I do not ship big things. It has brushed metal legs and arms and nice wood (teak? walnut?) arm rests. There is one small split in the vinyl. I was asking $75 but no takers. It may just stay with me!

 Bad photo..these are old metal cream with lid. These are low pour in the milk and the cream rises to the top. There are skinny windows in the side. When it is ready, you turn on the spigot at the bottom and let out the skimmed milk, shut it off when it gets to the cream, switch buckets and drain the cream. These both sold.

 Some super heavy old milk crates (mid century) with wire dividers, print blocks and wire baskets. The "table" is an old cream separator stand (different type) with a big old saw blade sitting on top. I would add a glass round to cover the points for safety, but it makes an awesome small end table! These are glass flower frogs sitting on top.

 Some old hardware store drawers. They were stenciled "Ca're" and had screw/bolt sizes on them..sold.

 A neat old wooden trunk and a bunch of old linens..barkcloth drapes and bedspreads. I sold a few linens, but not many. I have some old white Matelasse Bates bedspreads that are going in my pile to be cut for totes, pillows etc..or maybe they will end up a slipcover for something of mine. $20 for a vintage white matelasse spread seems to be as low as I care to mark something!

This is a vintage roulette wheel. I was thinking "cool tabletop" but my grandson Hunter pointed out "That would make a good clock , Nina!" Out of the mouth of babes! The feedsacks are ones from SD..great graphics..they are WW2 era. Sold a couple of these.

 This is the industrial cart I hauled all my stuff in on.It didn't sell, but I wasn't sad! It folds flat (ish).

 2 old school maps that I had marked $20 and didn't sell. They are is Brazil and one South America...everyone wants US maps here though!

 A shabby antique dress (sold) This was the first time I showed this. The silk behind the lace had shattered and the lace was fragile. I priced it $25. It is 3 piece..there is an under skirt. Definitely display only! It is Gibson girl era (1900-10) with a "pigeon breast" front. I still have the corset, petticoat and lace sleeved under shirt that came with this. They are getting washed and going online. I think this was probably a wedding dress. It also had some shattered net gloves and was all together in an old leather suitcase.

  A Mid Century glass topped table. The glass has sort of marbled paper backing..I'd like to remove and replace with something more Marimekko or Amy Butler! This actually folds flat. I sold the fab old purple bottle.

 Some of my assembled pieces that didn't sell for $8! The old frame is worth $8! You have to have thick skin sometimes! LOL

 When we had the store, we sold quite a bit of depression glassware. It has really taken a beating pricewise lately and will probably get worse as all the older people with the big collections of it liquidate their collections. I think it is pretty and I am assuming the truly rare pieces will hold their value somewhat, but the more common pieces will be a steal.That will be a shame for those thinking their collections would bring them lots of $ but good for the new collectors. I couldn't sell these 2 block optic sherberts for $5 for the pair!

 This used to have a heart shaped lock on it on that empty nail above the photo, but someone at my last show stole it! (lovely) I found a new old one and will replace it and this will probably go online.

  A couple more assembled pieces..

 I love pretty rosy serving bowls..I think this one was $8..these used to sell as soon as you set them out!

 I did do a bit of shopping. I got this wonderful feedsack that is heading to Ebay.

 and a couple fab doll dresses that are now in my Etsy vintage shop. This one is made of turn of the century (or older)  men's shirting fabric..sweet!

And this one has lace marked IHS which stands for Iesus Hominum Salvator in Latin which means Jesus Savior of Man. I am assuming this lace was meant for altar cloths. The underneath is gold satin and I believe silk...very unusual!

This was the gorgeous opaline sky on the way home Friday night. On Saturday night, our grandson Hunter was riding up front with me as the back seats were removed and full of stuff. He was playing with my arm as I drove. "Nina..why is your arm so FLAPPY?"  Good Lord! I told him because I need to lift weights and he informed me, "We have some of those at the house!" My own personal trainer! Of course I had to squeeze my arm to see what he was talking about...AKKK! I suppose compared to his momma's skinny 22 year old arms, mine are "flappy"! No more riding up front for him! LOL. Hope you have a great week! 'Til next time! Julia

1 comment:

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Goodness, that was a lot of work to set up for the sale, especially without the cart...Groan! Great items for sale and that you bought at the sale. I am a sucker for baby clothes!