Sunday, December 19, 2010

Card Show Thoughts

I'm exhausted. 900+miles driven over three days will take a toll on you. I had to: Drive from Greenville to Winston-Salem Thursday after work so I could meet up with my in-laws and drop my son off. I slept over at my parents' house Friday night, then got up early Friday morning so that I could meet Blake (the guy who owns the card shop) at 9AM to load up for the card show.
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I had already loaded up my stuff Thursday evening, so my little Cobalt was packed after I left the shop. This was my first attempt at selling anything at a show, so I wasn't too sure what to bring. I grabbed a bit of everything.
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Friday was kind of slow, there were a lot of people browsing, but not too many buyers. I did have one guy, though, who searched some of my 5,000 ct boxes and bought a good bit of oddball historical/presidential cards.
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Saturday was really steady, until snow started falling, then everything slowed down. Pete came by with lunch and helped me for the rest of the day. While he was manning the booth, I took a look around and got the 3 1948 Bowman's I blogged last night. I also got another cool vintage card that I will blog later on. I sold a good bit of wax boxes for the shop. One discouraging thing, for sellers at least, is that there is a guy who is at all of these shows who gets his boxes dirt cheap from somewhere and undercuts everyone else. $189 for a box of Topps Sterling? Are you kidding me? Needless to say, I didn't sell a single Topps Sterling box for the shop.
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Sunday was slow all around. I sold more random singles than anything. Pete came again and helped all day, which was nice, cause I was getting bored. I walked around looking for more sweet vintage and I was able to find a few things you guys will see in a couple days.
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In the end, I sold enough of my stuff to pay for the table, and have a little money to take home. Blake gave me a little bonus for helping out, so it pretty much paid for the cards I picked up. I'm all about accepting cards as payment, and when you see what I got, you will agree.
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I have decided to attend the January 8-9 card show in Raleigh, too, so I hope some of you guys can come by and help me out by buying stuff!!
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