It's baaack. I know what you're thinking--"Didn't you JUST go to Round Top?" And yes, yes I feel like I did. However, the months have flown by, and Antique Weekend is here again. Yesterday, Cindy and I battled the frigid weather and the 25 mph winds to get a 'head start' on antiquing. And while many markets & vendors advertised they would be open "Pre-Preview Weekend," it was a lie. And a lie stings all that much more when you're standing in a giant field of tents trying to maintain an upright position [and a positive attitude]--in 40 degree weather. I digress. Despite the gale force winds, we still managed to find a few treasures and were able to 'scout out' our plan of attack for this weekend, which is the official Preview Weekend.
Are any of you planning to go to Antique Weekend? If so, here are a few pointers if you haven't been before.
Wear comfortable shoes. You're going to do a nice bit of walking. Tennis shoes or cowboy boots are my fave.
BRING CASH! Most vendors prefer cash payments over credit cards or checks. PLUS, you're going to have an easier time haggling if you can pay in cold hard cash.
Bring a cross-body purse so you're 'hands free,' and able to dig for goods. [Note: Leave the designer bags at home. That Louis Vuitton will do nothing for your bargaining skills.]
Bring some recyclable grocery bags or a cart so you can easily haul your goods. Cindy has one of these [that she's fashionably lined with Mexican oil cloth], and it's a
LIFESAVER during antique shows. All of your treasures get heavy after a while!
Haggle. Personally, it took me a while to get this down, but it will
certainly save you money in the long run. Most items have a sticker
price, but always ask the vendor if that's the best they can do. You can
normally talk them down and even work out a "If I get this, can you
throw this in for free?" type deal.
Bring a tape measure. It's important to know if an item will fit in your space, but more importantly if it will fit in your car!
Have an idea of what you're looking for--make a list. There are literally thousands of vendors, and it can get overwhelming. Knowing what you're in the market for, will make hunting that much easier.
Look beyond the dirt and rust. You'd be amazed at what a little dusting, polishing, and painting can do!