To be fair, Ella was wearing a snazzy Grizzly Adams t-shirt (co-designed by me and Ella), but the innocent inappropriateness of the comment amused me.
I do that all the time, I quipped. My purposely suggestive retort went over the "star's" head, but it cracked up his younger assistant.
|Rifleman's "Mark McCain" would have been taken |
to the woodshed for his comment about Ella's chest
|Johnny Crawford, on the other hand, enjoyed interacting |
with the fans
Ella and I last attended the annual event in 2011, and I wasn’t real keen on returning because, frankly, to me, the trip was boring. It was a long drive to the Memphis, TN, area and there really wasn’t much to do after you got the stars’ autographs. This year, though, organizers moved the festival to Sam’s Town casino in Tunica, MS, which at least promised the lure of losing my money on video poker and getting plied with free drinks in the process. Speaking of drinks, Ella usually has one drink per year, but this year, she had two Sex on the Beach cocktails while playing the slot machines. Unfortunately, while the drinks might have loosened Ella up, the machines held tight to our money.
Before we left home, Ella had compiled a list of thrift shops along the way, so we turned the trip into sort of a working vacation. It made the long trip even longer, but I managed to snag a few sellables along the way.
I also decided to pay close attention to the dealer room at the festival. During our last visit, I snagged a CD signed by two of the stars for $20, and sold it for $200. This year, I didn’t have any such luck, although I am pressuring Ella to let me sell the Bonanza/Ponderosa collectible toy (est. value: $150) that she found. She is resisting.
While in the dealer room, I also shifted gears from potential buyer to potential seller, and I tried to talk shop with as many of the sellers as I could. Many travel from festival to festival, apparently making a decent living from overpriced (my humble opinion) western collectibles, books, DVDs, CDs, photos, curios, etc. One dealer spoke freely about buying her items wholesale, even going as far as giving me the name of the company, and that she did so well during her first festival that she decided to go whole hog, so to speak, and to attend as many as she could.
Of course, this set my entrepreneurial wheels in motion, and Ella and I discussed renting vendor space next year if we can accumulate enough western and/or cowboy stuff. Vendors pay $120 per table, so it’s not an expensive proposition, and with a room full of excited buyers freely spending their money, it could be a nice little one-time money maker, or even a ticket to a new ongoing revenue stream.
On the home front, sales were almost non-existent because I put all my listings, including Ebay, on vacation. However, I did accept two best offers while still on vacation, so it wasn’t a total financial washout.
This week, Ella will continue categorizing the kids books, and I need to get all my auction collectibles from two weeks ago listed. As usual, too little to do and too much time.
Wait a minute, reverse that.
Have a productive week.