Two weekends ago, I drove nearly 3 hours to a local-ish antique/flea market expo. I'd been twice before, so wasn't going in blind. It's not my favorite show, but I had no other plans.
That, and I've got to feed the booth beast—and quench my unslakable thirst for more junk.
However, I spent more time DRIVING there than I spent SHOPPING there. Which got me to thinking: something's been bothering me lately. I recalled a conversation I had with Gina (Vintage Junk in My Trunk) and the ever-hilarious Mr. VJIMT. Over drinks in Bouckville, she asked me about some upcoming shows, pondering whether some were "worth it."
This led to a much longer and drink-fueled conversation: are we so jaded that a show with less than 100+ vendors isn't quite worth our time? Are we impervious to the charms of a smaller venue? What if the larger venue has loads of glass, estate jewelry, big brown furniture—does that diminish desirability?
What I need is a mathematical equation to determine the value of a show. Distance + overnight costs ÷ number of vendors ... factor in priciness of items, caliber of merch ... you can see how it gets confusing.
Many of us want to branch out, but what shows are worth it? We discussed the value of flying to some of the more-intriguing shows (Farm Chicks? Junk Bonanza? Plucky Maidens (run by BFF Pam!)?, but flying ups the ante a lot. Can we really buy enough (and make enough on what we buy) to justify the trip?
For me, Warrenton/Round Top and Madison-Bouckville are still worth it, particularly because so many of my vendor peeps are in attendance. Those are vacations for me—not just buying trips! But how do you determine which new shows to add? Do you have a buying radius that means all shows are mandatory to attend (for me, it's 3 hours)? Or can you ever be satisfied with just yard sales and estate sales and the local venues?