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A small sample of the wide variety of items available at this show.
The November Extravaganza runs the entire weekend but I am still convinced that Friday is the best day to be there, right when it opens. Everyone has their own philosophy concerning shopping at events like this but for me it’s about the selection. It is not uncommon, prior to the official start time of 10AM on Friday, to see dealers running between tables making purchases from other dealers. I have also noted the exact same item traveling between tables during the course of the day, with the price increasing at each new booth! As a collector, the $10.00 admission price on Friday is well worth it and the reduced foot traffic makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
It's amazing what you can find for a couple of bucks!
There is a special sense of pride that comes with owning a piece of history and almost all of the merchandise at the Extravaganza has a story to tell. I love seeing pieces like taxidermy animals and original paintings. Even if these are not things you collect, you can still appreciate the sentimental value they must have once held for someone. The best part about this event is that the vast majority of the merchandise is vintage with only a small amount of newer items added in to fill out booths. You do have to watch out for unmarked reproductions at shows like this but a general rule of thumb is that if it looks too good to be true, it’s probably not an original.
While the less trained eye might think the merchandise is generally the same, I find the differences from year to year fairly obvious. This year I immediately noticed an increase in the number of firearms for sale, which has not been prominent in recent years. There also seemed to be fewer vintage toys, at least the smaller items, but these may be migrating to online sales. One disturbing trend this year was the number of dealers with signs indicating they were going out of business or that this was there last show. While this could have easily been a ploy to attract customers, I am sure at least a few of them were legitimate and a response to the current economic climate. Toward the end of the day, Cindy and I noted a large gap of empty space on one side of the field, indicating that there were fewer dealers present this year. On the whole, I found the prices on items I regularly follow to be down significantly and the vendors were more than ready to deal.
Jocko the Lawn Jockey.
A sad sign of the times seen all too often this year.
One of the things I always enjoy at these shows is listening to other people’s conversations. This might be considered rude in some circles but I really like to listen to people talk about what they collect or hope to find. A group of women in front of us in the admission line were feverishly trying to determine how much room they had available in their vehicle for purchases and how it should be arranged to maximize space. A little later, I listened intently as a man buying records detailed his experiences growing up with the Beatles with the booth’s proprietor. When the owner paused and asked if he could help me with anything, I thanked him and said I was just enjoying their discussion.