Not being a "regular" seller at The Alameda Point can be a disadvantage but it also has it's advantages.
First of all it is a lot of work and requires lots of advance preparation, heavy lifting, getting up at the crack of dawn, arriving in the dark and setting up your "space or store" under pressure.
All things I'm not good at!
But, thankfully my husband is!
You miss out on the best spaces which are located in the front rows and where the more known and popular dealers can be found month to month.
When you sell only occasionally, you usually get placed way in the back, which sometimes can actually be an advantage of sorts because some savvy shoppers actually like to start their shopping in the back.
But there is a reason for this as they are looking for rock bottom prices which is another disadvantage.
Personally, I have always found it a challenge to successfully navigate my way around The Alameda Point. I tend to lose track of which aisles I've been down, getting distracted by all the enticing food booths that line both sides of the market.
And I usually miss out on seeing lots of great spaces because I get overwhelmed.
I've always wondered if anyone has figured out how to methodically and strategically navigate their way around this huge venue, successfully seeing all there is to see.
I love it when friends, fellow bloggers, or people I know of but haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, somehow stumble upon my space.
I got to meet the infamous Sue, of Sue's Barn in Manteca, this time as well as Camille and her friend and business partner Wendy, of The Vintique Object.
Camille and I have been trying to meet up for the longest time so it was perfect that they wandered into our space on Sunday.
I also got to hang out a bit with my friends Reichel of Copy Cat Chic and Maryjane from Paper Linen & Pearls.
I was telling Maryjane my heartbreaking story of missing out on an incredible treasure that was just down the aisle from me.
I was being a good seller and staying in my space selling my wares all morning long only wandering off for a few minutes when I set my sights upon this amazing folk art boat planter!
Upon seeing it and the $125 price tag I immediately told the gal, "I'll take it."
Suddenly a woman nearby said, "I'm thinking about it..."
The seller looked at me and said, yes she's been here thinking about it. I said well, I'm here now saying I'll take it. The woman said to the seller, "so will you take $100 and the seller said, yes.
I was speechless.
After she left, I asked the seller, "shouldn't you reward the person who pulls the trigger with cash in hand willing to pay full price?
She felt bad and so did I...
I'm curious, what do you all think?
I hate when these situations arise.
Maryjane wants to write a flea market etiquette book. Check out her blog post about it here.
Before I knew it my mom showed up followed by my friends Dino and Jimmy.
She was telling them that she was looking for a bicycle because hers was recently stolen out of her backyard.
So off they went in search of a bike for her...
Dino and Jimmy are both jokers and borrowed this funny little bike from a dealer they knew and brought it back telling her that they found her the perfect bike.
Although she was terribly disappointed she played along and hopped on!
She was rewarded for being a good sport as we found her a great used bike that she loves today at a thrift store for $45. I always tell her that patience pays off :)
All in all it was a great day full of sun, sales, friends and treasures.
We rushed home, unloaded our cargo, cleaned up and headed over to celebrate our dear friend's son's graduation from Cal!
Boy did those margarita's hit the spot!!!