The big show is over at Cole’s, and it was successful. Since we only had one booth this time, we were worried about how our revenue would turn out. Instead of pulling a flatbed trailer, an enclosed trailer, and making two trips in the Suburban, we made one trip in one trailer and put the rest of the stuff in the truck bed and the back of the Suburban. We came out well with the new business model!
In fact, most dealers said they had a good to great show, with several setting records. Sure, some said their revenue was down and that the crowd was down, but those were in the minority of people I spoke with. Most of my usual customers showed up and contributed to our success. It was great to see so many people (customers, dealers, and friends) that we only see twice a year. I told Sandi before the show that we would have to stop doing Warrenton if our revenues could not support it. After being there two days, she said she hoped I would sell enough, because she loved the social side of the sale. Fortunately it worked out and we signed up for the fall show.
My favorite sale was being able to almost complete the J. Frank Dobie collection of a couple that I have been working with for years. They were pleased with the items I brought, and I was thrilled that so much of it was things that they could use. Many thanks to these people (you know who you are). One of the great thrills I get is adding scarce or rare items to significant collections, and that was the case here.
We got to eat at restaurants in Carmine, Round Top, La Grange, Fayettville, and Brenham. The bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and Indian blankets really came out while we were there, and the fields out to the east were just beautiful.