16 -18 hour
in a final countdown to the annual
Old Glory Antique Fair
I am treasure hunting,
dragging home wonderful pieces,
cleaning, repairing, repurposing, altering, painting, oiling/waxing/staining,
staging, embellishing, inventorying,
The sequence is amazing!
A simple piece of merchandise is found,
handled and moved
approximately 10 times before it is presented
at a show.
It goes from it's original site to my truck, to my house to be cared for and prepared.
I have sent a full trailer load out to be worked on by other craftsmen,
so those are reloaded and transported and unloaded
and repaired or altered in some fashion.
They return to my truck, and then to my warehouse . . .
then to my big truck or trailer . . .
transported to the show and placed in a stack,
moved under the tent
and finally displayed the way you'll see it.
Many hands touch and define the beauty
and usability of a piece
before it's worthy of being in my shop
or a show I'm doing.
Time is short and I have to get to work -
See you at the fair!