Thursday, April 24, 2008

Springfield Antiques Show & Flea Market - Country Home Antiquing Festival

I got the latest issue of Country Home magazine (my favorite, and it is an awesome issue!) and saw a full page ad for the Country Home Antiquing Festival. It is taking place at the Springfield Antiques Show & Flea Market May 16-18 at the Clark County fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio - according to MapQuest, only a 45 mile drive from my house!

Should I go? I want to go, of course. I've heard about the Springfield show but have never gone, and what a better time to go than now, when my favorite Country Home peoples are going to be there - including Sue Whitney, who is doing a couple of book signings.

Why am I even debating? Money and time, of course. From a practical standpoint my Friday would be better spent hitting the sales around here shopping for inventory, instead of wandering around an antiques show with no guarantee that I will find anything cheap enough for resale. What I can guarantee is that I will find about a hundred things I want to buy for myself, which will either leave me broke or depressed because I didn't buy them!

But - I could take my camera, and blog about it for all of you who can't be there in person, which would be really fun. And who knows, I could find a couple of gems at good prices. I can write off the trip if I buy something to sell, at least...

What do you all think? Should I go?


Lisa's RetroStyle said...

YES!!! You should go!!!! I always find things at antique flea markets I can resell...heck that's where most of the stuff I sell for my Mom came from to start with. And a lot of my inventory too. You should see how much buying goes on between dealers before the show is open...different people are into selling different things. I probably shouldn't say this...but at a show last year this one dealer had a purse marked $10. It was so cool I couldn't believe she was selling it so cheap but that's all she wanted. So I bought it from her before the show opened...marked it up to $20 and put it right out in my booth. A woman bought it from me later that day! She was thrilled and would have paid twice that. There are always deals to be had. So you can also "write it off" because you are doing research to see if you may want to vend at the show in the future. Sorry for such a long post. I think you should go! If you need anymore talking into in to it....e-mail me.

leah - moxiethrift on etsy said...

give me a G
give me an O


there will be deals. there are always deals at that kind of place. i purchased a box...a BOX....full of aprons...25 cents a PIECE. are you serious? i couldnt pick that box up fast enough.

go my friend. GO! and go early! it always takes more time than you plan. and if you get done early or its a bust...head back and find some g'sales to attack.

Heidi Ann said...

I would love it if you go and take LOTS of pictures of all kinds of great stuff to blog about!!

Mitzi - Vintage Goodness said...

Hmmm... I'm starting to think asking you girls if I should go to this show is like asking a fellow heroin addict if I should shoot up one more time... ;) You've won me over though, I'm planning on going - and yes I will take lots of pictures and blog about it when I get home!

Unknown said...

yes- you should definitely go. I try to every year and always enjoy my time there!