Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Will we win?

Last weekend My Dear Hubby and I traveled up to Kansas for the Mid America Flea Market.

The above photo is one I took as we were leaving. The photo below is one I took when we first arrived. The sun is not up a 5:30 in the morning...

The dealers are not able to set up in the building until 5:30. They all started showing up and began to quietly unload. It was intriguing to watch. Shoppers (me) were walking around asking prices before the items even hit the floor.

My dealer friend from McKinney and her husband have been going to this market for years. Carolyn and Kent met us there and showed us the ropes.

It was fun watching the "building" of this sale.
See the dirt area?
I will tell you about that in a couple of photos.

Tables seemed to just appear out of no where. We constantly had to walk around to see what newly arriving dealers had to offer.

Rows appeared along with more and more shoppers.

At 8: 30ish an announcement over the speaker brought even more dealers to the arena (dirt) area. I quickly made my way over to see what else I couldn't possibly pass up. I found two columns just as they came off a trailer. I also found some metal bread trays. I asked the dealer how much they were and she told me the price. I decided I wanted a few and was picking through them when a man walked up and asked the dealer how much they were and she told him the price. He said " I will take them all." Of all the nerve. I looked up at him and said I was buying some... I must have had some look on my face, because he backed up and said he would take what was left then. I had a good mind to buy them all. That is what the little devil on one of my shoulders told me to do. Thankfully the angel on the other shoulder won out and I was nice.

The crowd kept growing.

I started stacking a small part of what I bought over by the door.

MDH started loading the Tahoe. Now ,you have to realize we had been buying for several days before this sale started. Caroline and Kent said they would share a trailer with us. We agreed, but had no idea that we wouldn't' be able to find one to rent when we needed it. This left us with the one option of entering the contest ~
"How much can YOU cram into a Chevy Tahoe..???."

I looked around and there was way more stuff on the ground than would ever fit. I voiced this opinion out loud to my MDH. He didn't say anything. I knew he had his doubts too or he would have done that man thing of, " Oh no, it will fit, I can do anything..."
I just started handing him whatever item he thought would work in each strategic move.
At this point one would call this full. But, no we still had more.
( Two of the bread trays I bought are at the back.)

We couldn't leave this cool basket, cute child's chair or the neat stool behind,
could we?

Or this shabby shelf, plant holder and great cabinet?

How on earth would they ever fit?

He did it!! He WON!!!

Now, what about our luggage?

This was my view all the way home....

Stay tuned for more pics of everything unpacked.


Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Awesome awesome !! You found some amazing treasures ~

Alices Wonderland said...

Way to go getting it all in, I would not have thought it possible. You have a very patient hubby as mine would have tied me to the roof at this point.

Margo said...

And what a spectacular view it is.
Thanks for taking us on the adventure.

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

What a HAUL! I love it when this happens!

Eileen @ Marie CasaBella said...

AMAZING "treasures" and packing job!