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Breyerfest 2018 Day 12 – Into Kansas

We are slowing down and the shopping is picking up!  Mom and I love Kansas.  Great shopping along the way.  We started the day just outside Kansas City and barely made it to Manhattan.  Only 150 miles and 6 antique stores today.


Miracles of modern technology.  A Compact Disc Jukebox.  The designer tried to do futuristic retro but didn’t quite hit the mark.  I wonder if we will ever see an MP3 Jukebox.IMG_7677

This is the kind of booth mom aspires to have.  She wants to be a vintage glasses dealer.  She is well on her way, we bought 2 more sets today!  We just need to get the stylish buffet display for them, all we have is standard shelving units.IMG_7686

My favorite view, stores with aisles that go on and on, in an old building where you can’t predict where you are going next.  This is one of the charms of antique stores.  Those in old markets or warehouses are OK, but the rambling building where you can explore and pretend that no one has ever made it back to where you are is part of the fun.


As much as I enjoy variety in a booth, I am flummoxed as to who would buy roof vents at an antique store.  They aren’t stylish or vintage.  I could be wrong and some designer will take them and make them the next hot display item, but color me doubtful.


I absolutely loved this wall of suitcases.  They are colorful, interesting and even provide insulation if you did it against a west facing wall!  You see them all over the place, pretty cheap, so this likely costs less than something like wainscoting or crown molding and looks 10 times as neat.  I admire whoever looked at this wall originally and thought – You know what this wall needs?  Suitcases.  Lots and lots (and lots) of suitcases.


It was a good day for shopping!  We love the colorful divided serving dishes, you rarely see them in such fun colors.  The race car decoration is newer, but the car buyers will love it for their home decor.  The Duesenberg glass was a great find, we rarely find such good car glasses.  The covered wagon toy is perfect for someones western theme decor with a fun touch.  Nothing amazing, just lots of good stuff that will sell quickly.  We will be in Kansas for another day, with only one empty box.  Either I need to find Mary Poppins carpet bag or we will only be buying postcards and cufflinks for the rest of the trip…


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Breyerfest 2018 – Day 11 – across Missouri

We are back on the road again!  It was a short driving day at only 245 Miles, but 5 nice large antique malls.  The weather is still hot and muggy we even had a bit of rain in the evening.

659CC8AA-261B-4882-801D-3FFFCA185F41This was my favorite art of the day.  The booth had great old junk and the proprietor had such a great idea!


There have not been a lot of sales this year, which I hope is a good thing as the dealers are doing well.  This picture, however shows that shoppers do pay attention to stock in the booths.  I took an almost identical picture 2 years ago of almost the same herd of horses on the same shelf to show a rare Misty.  This is why Mom and I are constantly rotating stock, rearranging the booth and evaluating prices, so things don’t sit for 2 years.

3A8D943A-775A-44B9-AE9D-DA9F5AB3CEC8I stood and pondered this booth for a bit.  Everything here was grey/ silver, black and white.  Except the album – Culture Club ‘Color by Numbers’.  Dealer commentary?  Random chance?  Another dealer joke?

24630B02-A570-4F3D-9B7C-DCA50AC6257FIt was a short day for mileage, but the malls were large.  We got to the last one with one hour to close.  For the first time in a very long time I was not able to finish a store!  It didn’t help that the mall had no air conditioning and it was 97 degrees with 70% humidity, but we won’t be back for a year so I was a bit disappointed.


I am quite excited to share our purchases!  We found lots of cars for the Hot August Nights shoppers, vintage airplane glasses and cocktail shakers.  I had to buy the junk truck and trailer in the back but I got a chalky Classic Arabian Foal with it.  Best find of the day was the Little Red Riding Hood Plastic wall plaque.  They are designed by Disney artist Mary Blair and are very scarce.  Hope the next few days have more great finds!

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Breyerfest 2018 – Day 10 – Leaving Kentucky

*Sniffle* Sunday is always the saddest day.  Fun with friends at breakfast in the morning with goodbyes and well wishes for safe travels home.  Then comes the least favorite part, packing the car.  Somehow there is never more room available after selling for 4 days then when we arrive.  Only 3 empty boxes – mom can fill that in one day!


What do we doe for the next 6 days?  Shop!  We made 325 miles and 4 antique stores today.  The flea markets in Louisville were quite fun this year.  This fellow caught my eye, but there wasn’t enough room in the car, he would have had to ride on the roof.


We don’t have flea markets and peddlers malls on the west coast like we see in the mid west.  I always enjoy the mix of old, new, and crazy.  This booth was quite nice, but the owner may play a bit of Dark Souls.


I did like this bit of creativity.  Reusing common old items and making them in to something useful is a good thing and this mirror with shoe forms is a nice example of the art form.  IMG_7575

Some of our purchases for the day.  The Kentucky Derby glasses are very common and inexpensive for the newer years here, but will sell well in the west come Derby time.  We have Hot August Nights coming in to town when we return so the old woodie station wagon car was a good find.  The Kay Finch choir boys were cheap because the ink stamp on the base was illegible and the dealer evidently did not do their research.  We found a herd of old 1950s poodles in a 50% off booth and those will also sell quickly.  The next few days have our favorite stores, so hope shopping will continue to be good!

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Breyerfest 2018 – day 10 – More Horses!

Man, today was hot!  It was hot and muggy and we just couldn’t stay at the Horsepark all day today.  We arrived around 11 and just the walk in from the parking lot was a trial.


We stopped in at the Saddlebred museum for some air conditioning and thoroughly enjoyed their renovations!  They have new floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Horsepark and so many George Ford Morris paintings I could have spent the afternoon there.  They are doing more work and I cant wait to stop by again next year.


I think the heat was affecting everyone today.  I had to laugh in the special run line when I saw this setup.  Luckily I had only one special run tent line ticket since I couldn’t have stood in that line once more.  I was sweating buckets in the shade and felt like I was going to melt in the sun.  We tried to watch some performances in the covered arena but only made it through a Frisbee dog routine before heading back to the car.


One thing I was happy to find at the park was the Sergeant Reckless statue.  The mare was a Korean War hero.  It is a wonderful story and I am glad to see her honored by a memorial.  There are great statues and stories all over the park, I enjoy discovering new ones.


I think this cartoon summarizes this year pretty well.  The 4 stages didn’t take too long to go through.  I feel like the time breezed by because I wasn’t paying close enough attention.  There were so many friends, stories and moments that just winked past.  It has been a very quick 4 days and I will be sad to go.  Tomorrow is packing and back on the road.

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Breyerfest 2018 – Day 9 – Yep, I skipped a day

Day 8 was pretty uneventful.  We spent most of the day pricing our purchases from the last 3 days.  It is fun to do a few items, but can be a drag when we skip that many days and have that much work to do.  It was fun to see all the finds, but I packed them away as soon as they were priced, so no pictures.  So what did we do after pricing all day?


That’s right, we shop!  We love the peddlers malls in the area.  Junk, new, old, stuff, nonsense and more.  Our favorite mall expanded, and it was down a hall, through a loading dock and then past a cabinetry area to find another stock of booths.  We picked a stock of Kentucky Derby glasses and some nice ’50s glassware.  The weather was good and so it was time to head back to the hotel for sales and shopping until the wee hours of the morning (or late hours of the evening, depending on time zone).


Finally Friday!  I think this year Friday the 13th is good luck, it is opening day for Breyerfest!  They have construction in the parking lot, so most people were parking at the Alltech arena and taking shuttles in to the main event.  Breyer is working on improving the experience every year.  This year the special run tent was out in a field on its own, with larger covered line area and lots of fast cashiers.  Two thumbs up!


Today I taught a create your own Christmas ornament class then got to wander the park a bit.  I discovered this new area of the park with food trucks, a pop-up store, carnival, agility dogs and more.  Luckily they have a very large tent with fans and misters because the heat is devastating this year.  I had one special run ticket with a good draw so I got the two horses I wanted.  After that was back to the hotel for some air conditioning!


The hallways were crowded with eager shoppers.  We saw old friends, made new friends and I managed to avoid buying anything tonight!  The line for the swap meet was too long for my taste and I had deliveries to make.


I enjoy discovering the creative places people find to sell.  Every nook and cranny was filled with buskers.  We need some musicians to serenade us and perhaps a hot bubbly pie vendor to complete the experience.  It is only 11 and the hallways are thinning out, so I think we will be off to bed soon.  My prediction for tomorrow: heat, humidity and horses!


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Breyerfest 2018 – Day 7 – All Kentucky All the Time

Wow, it was rough getting up this morning.  East coast time is 3 hours ahead of our internal clock and it was a late night unpacking the car.  It is such fun seeing all our once a year friends.  Line standing friends, shopping friends, tall-tale friends, the talk and pictures last all day long.


First order of the day was stand in line to buy stuff!  The Black Horse Ranch suite was full again this year of shelves and shelves of treasures.  I was proxy shopping for some friends and found a few items for myself as well.


We ran a few errands and then back to the room to set up and sell!  I had priced nothing before we left so it was chaos – setting up shelving, unpacking models, pricing and keeping packing material somewhat organized.  We started working about 2 and had the room open by 5.  My head was spinning after that.  Sales were good tonight, even though it is early in the week there were many people out shopping.

IMG_7441I did get to do a spot of shopping tonight.  The halls were not crowded yet but there were quite a few rooms open.  The walls are filling up with flyers!  Everyone is in good spirits, the adrenaline will be keeping us going as we run our energy reserves dry with late nights and early mornings.


My purchases for the day were pretty much completely random.  I was excited to see the hotel had a commemorative T shirt!  Can’t wait for more friends, shopping, horses, fun and stories for the next few days.

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Breyerfest 2018 – Day 6 – Made it to Kentucky

Finally, hurrah!  We made it.  Today was 460 miles and only 5 antique stores.  It felt like a million miles as our destination was soooo close!  This is one of our favorite legs of the trip as we get to stop at our favorite gas station – QT!  They have the best soda fountain with lots of soda choices and slushie options.  We make a one of everything and it is wonderful.


Shopping-wise it was a mixed bag.  Today held some of my most and least favorite stores of the trip.  This carnival ride was at a least favorite (I nicknamed it the NO mall) so I walked the aisles quickly, just scanning for photo opportunities.  It made me giggle – I can’t decide how it was originally propelled, if it swung somehow or was on a track – but the safety chain just sold it as truly original.  We don’t need no stinkin’ safety belts, a chain is enough to keep us in the ride or slice us in half if we come to sudden stop – and we like it!


My favorite stores appear to go on and on forever.  This one felt like the scene in Indiana Jones where they store the Ark of the Covenant.  I start getting excited, wondering what is around the next corner.  They were expanding into an old storage area so it was even more fun to poke around that stuff.  We lucked out here and found a great plastic glass set with carrier and some Reno postcards.  I love it when we buy something non-breakable for once!


At our final shop of the day I mentioned how nice it would be to find a piece of jewelry or cufflinks or something small since the car was so full.  Yeah, I should have known better.  Instead we came up with a huge glass salad dish with tongs and metal base, 3 large metal airplanes and a set of 8 glasses, pitcher and ice bowl.  Nice.  I, of course, got it in the car, which I swear is part Tardis.  Every time I think it is full I discover more room somehow.


The last several hours were a trial.  Mom and I joked ‘just seven more hours’ for most of the remainder of the drive.  Man, the road from St. Louis to Louisville was long and empty.  We followed another custom and had Fazoli’s for dinner.  We do our best not to eat at national chains that we have at home, and as much as I would like one we don’t have a Fazoli’s yet.  We made it to the hotel about 11:30, promptly ran into several friends (figuratively!) and unpacked the car.  The room is now a total disaster and we are off to bed.  Organizing can wait until tomorrow.  See you then!

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