Well, the Spring show at Warrenton(Cole’s)is over, so we are back at home. I haven’t posted in a while because of the show, and then a three day turkey hunt.
Working at Cole’s for ten days is a different experience. We enjoy seeing the other dealers and a large number of repeat customers who we only see twice a year. I love that part of the show. Some spend hundreds of dollars, some buy one item, and some don’t buy anything, but it is always a treat to see people that you don’t see very often. Some of the other dealers and our customers have become friends, like John and Bev who even invited us to their annual party at their fantastic ranch!
That’s a funny story. I got the invitation to the party in the mail, and since I know most of our customers by first name only, I could not place who the invitation was from. I thought it might be a time share or pyramid scheme. So I called John to RSVP, and we both got a laugh out of the call. Once I heard his voice, I knew who the invitation was from. By the way, the party was very special with great food, great drinks, and a great band. The highlight of the evening was John’s son proposing to his fiancee on the dance floor.
But back to Warrenton. The bad side is the length of the show. I wish we could talk the Cole’s into an 8 or 9 day show. 10 days plus setup and teardown is a long time. I don’t think a 9 day show would hurt revenue a bit.
Business was good, not great, but good. We had a profitable show, but still had trouble getting everything into the trailer to get home. I don’t understand how that works! Foot traffic was normal. However, one of my best customers didn’t show up at all.
Did you get to go anywhere in Warrenton or Roundtop? if so, drop me a line and let me know what you thought of the shows this year.