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"too tired". Okay, that joke works better when spoken. A bicycle is "two tired"... I know.

Renninger's Antiques Extravaganza in Kutztown, PA is the reason I'm so weary. The show ran April 22 (dealer set-up day, noon to dusk, no selling) and 23rd,24th,25th from 8am to 5pm.
Some dealers tend to make up their own hours. A few didn't arrive until 11am and several felt that 1pm wasn't too early to cover the tables and close up their booths. What's the harm, right? Who cares? ... you weren't selling much so you come and go as you please.
Okay, no real harm done, I'll go along with that. No one was injured, nothing was broken because they left early.
Who cares? The people who paid admission care. I lost track of how many people came into my booth and asked why half the booths were closed already... "it's only 1:30 (or 2, or 2:15)". The point is, they felt cheated, and they were cheated.
If a dealer doesn't like the dates, the hours, or location of a show, they should stay home, or find a different show. They are giving the show a bad reputation.
Now the part that should make those dealers furious. My best hours were before 11am and after 1pm. Sales were brisk on Friday & Saturday partly, I'm sure, because the weather was perfect. Thursday was cold & windy and attendence was down. Overall, I doubled my sales from last September's Extravaganza.
Did I have the right stuff, and reasonable prices in my booth?
Was it my friendly attitude, as opposed to some of the stone faced, cranky dealers, around me?
Was it because I was there, all day?

I'm too tired to think about it now.

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Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on April 27, 2009 at 3:42pm
I agree with Les, if the show hours are, X to X you should be there X to X unless there is an emergency, or heavy bumpy weather blows in, not when things slow down lets just load, Here-Here! You are usually contracted to be open and set up with no early packing.

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