Springfield Extravaganza - tis the season - to "flea"May 31st, 2009 in blog, hot spots
Well...we survived...Extravaganza! Lots of stuff to sell, junk to see, and friends to visit with - and we did it all!
We arrived on Thursday (the 15th) to set up - lots of excitement - with long lines of vendors anxiously waiting to "git-r-done"...(just had to say it!). I think there were over 2000 vendors - with at least two bazillion (is that a word??) pieces of "old stuff" for sale - junk overload??? Oh yeah!
When we set up on Thursday, there was a threat of rain, so everything was put under cover, and we said our good-byes and crashed at the hotel...
Early to rise on Friday morning, we "re-set" everything and were open for business. It was a picture perfect weather day - 70s and sunshine. And, it was a busy day with lots of customers and old friends stopping in... We sold over half our space out on Friday (large furniture and all - yippee!!) - it was a great day! Normally at the end of our day, we'd go out for dinner and shop a bit - but we were so tired - it was drive-thru food and tv until we fell asleep.
Saturday was slower - but there was still some business to be done. About 4:30, a cold front blew through...literally - Terri and I became human tent weights and hung on tight until it was done (not something I'd want to do again...). Just a few breaks (a couple glass things, and some tables toppled over - so nothing major) - but since we'd sold almost everything, we packed up and decided to come back on Sunday to shop till we dropped. That night, we rewarded ourselves with dinner at Red Lobster and a trip to the Goodwill (strange combination I know...but you ALL understand...) AND...I did find a nomination for the "ugliest couch award" - so, whenever the contest is announced...I'm there!).
On Sunday morning the show opens at 10:00 am, but due to a fashion malfunction we made a quick detour/trip to Kohl's to avert the possibility of embarrassment (Terri had mistakenly bought a pair of jeans that were "petites"...and she's 5'6"...enough said...but if we were caught in a downpour - her pants wouldn't have gotten wet... After finding new jeans (of appropriate length) AND a new top - we were ready to go). We had lots of ground to cover - but many vendors had left because of the storm on Saturday. We picked up a few pieces of furniture - a couple goodies for ourselves, and headed home.
So, all in all - it was a successful trip - the Springfield Extravaganza never disappoints (you just have to watch the weather report...). We'll be going back in September for the fall show - with a new look (stay tuned...), new ideas, and a whole lotta great "junk"! AND I'm hoping to meet some of my JMS friends there too!
P.S. The great "Brady Bunch" hanging lamp sold!
P.S.S. Please check my blog for lots more pics and details on the show... www.sylviasdaughter.blogspot.com
AND, FYI - Here's the Who, What, When & Where...
What: The Springfield Antique & Flea Market Extravaganza
When: May 15-17, 2009; June 26-28, 2009; September 18-20, 2009 – with monthly shows the third weekend in March, April, August, September, October, November & December! (Hours, etc. can be found on their website)
Where: The Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio
Who: People who love junking, antiquing, collecting, decorating, etc., etc…
Why: Because the Springfield Extravaganza (in May and September) is a collection of close to 2500 vendors from all over the country who come to sell everything from fine antiques to garage sale finds, primitives, architectural salvage, vintage clothing and jewelry, and so on…a true antique flea market. There are over a dozen buildings, AND outdoor vendors who cover most of the grounds. If you can’t find it at Springfield…well…you probably just can’t find it!! Tens of thousands of people (from all over the country) travel to the Clark County Fairgrounds on a treasure hunt that rivals most markets in the United States. As far as prices –you can find a wide range - to the priciest fine antiques to the half-price tables (some might call it junk…but we know better…) – and lots of vendors who are willing to help the bargain shopper (like me) as well! I’ve visited quite a few flea markets in the surrounding states, and there is absolutely nothing to compare with this show (you can tell I’m a huge fan, huh?)!! It reminds me of one of my favorites in Florida – The Renninger’s Antiques Flea Market in Mt. Dora (which is called an “Extravanganza” too) – for the variety and huge selection. The monthly shows at Springfield aren’t as big as the Extravaganzas, but still a fun day – with treasures to be found – and with three large antique malls within a stone’s throw…definitely worth the drive.
And the second reason is the food – you can find anything including fair favorites and local specialties.
There is plenty of parking; a wide variety of hotel accommodations and restaurants nearby, and antique malls just across I-70 – so an entire weekend could be jam-packed full of antiquing/junking adventures.
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