Monday, June 4, 2012
So Ya Wanna Check Out The Rest Of The Vendors? I Didn't Have The Wear-With-All To Get Detailed Pics But I Did Get Everybody! Status: Might Become A Monthly Thing?
Oh would you look at these two! That's the folks from Rocket Century. Lazy bums! Naw...it was just That Laid Back at the Green Shag Parking Lot Sale! Something tells me they won't be lounging around June 16 when THEY will be hosting a multi-dealer "Swank-A-Rama" Swap Meet / All Vintage 20th Century Modern Sales Event on their lot on the near south side!
Yes, it was a beautiful and laid back day...for most of us, but there was a little excitement out
front. I heard it happen but was to far away to have actually seen the accident. It looked to me
like the white car was turning onto the lot from the far lane and just didn't see the oncoming silver
car. It was pretty bad. One fella looked a little worse for wear and I hope everybody was OK.
On a brighter note, The Green Shag Market made sure we had sustenance nearby! I never did
get a chance to get me a 'dog, but it was nice to know they were in da house.
There wasn't a ton of vintage modern at the sale, but that's just how it kinda goes here in the
Midwest. I made the decision early on not to start cannibalizing other vendors. The Mom-tomic
sells at other antique malls and has told me stories about how all the vendors buy and sell to each
other so much that it seems like nothing escapes the loop! I'm not real good a being taught a lesson
but I'm pretty good at learning a lesson from others.
Oh, it was hard. I tried to go through the lot with blinders on and take these pics real quick
without really looking! But I did catch glimpses here and there. I'd see a cool painting or a neat
chair and feel the gravity pulling me in. No no no. I was there to sell sell sell! I did an admirable
I had to avoid Hannah's setup like the plague! I know how she is with the pricing and I really
didn't have the room to just load all her stuff into our cars along with our leftovers! Rocket
Century too! Gah...they were set up right across from us! I had to walk by their setup every
time I needed something from the car...and oh did they have some bargains. ::sigh:: They
eventually did get a few of my dollars for some dishes they were practically giving away!
Lots of folks put up awnings and umbrellas. It was pretty sunny all day but we had about a 4 ft.
sliver of shade next to the building we were set up next to. I had purchased an awning just for
this sale but upon opening it up I thought it would be more trouble than it would be worth.
Unfortunately, the Girlfriend decided she liked the sun and ended up with a pretty good sunburn.
Mmmmm...see those bentwood arm slipper chairs. How hard was it to gaze upon those two
lovelies all day? I think they were priced at $60 or something like that each. And they didn't get
snatched up until late in the day! Again, those were like "right there" across from us...all...day.
You might have read a little story on another retro blog (OK, THE retro blog!), RetroRenovation,
about a local St. Louisan who cleaned up at a lighting shop that was going out of business. Well,
here she is set up at the Green Shag Parking Lot Sale! She still had lots of great lighting available.
Look close, there's a nice sputnik hanging back there. I think it was priced at $160 or something
like that. Also note the pair of salmon upolstered Russel Wright dining chairs over by the umbrella!
She had all kinds of great stuff.
Here's the Mom-tomic's setup. I'm only noticing just now how she really did setup strictly
within her one little space! She was right next to me and we had plenty of room! I was running
on like two hours sleep and feel bad now that I didn't notice. She could have totally spread
out a lot more!
It was pretty tough loading in and loading out but it was worth all the trouble. There was a steady
stream of buyers and browsers all day to meet and say howdy to. The weather was perfect. Got
to hang out with friends, old and new, all day. I stayed out of the sun for the most part...still, I got
a little bit of a burn, but nothing worth hardly mentioning. It was a good day! There were rumors
spreading around that the sale might happen again soon or even become a monthly thing...I'd be
up for that! But don't forget about Rocket Century's upcoming sale. Last time they had crazy